Game #35, Quarterfinal (Best of 3) Round #5/#5 Boston College (20-10-4, 15-9-3 Hockey East) vs. VERMONT (11-17-6, 8-13-6 HE) Friday, March 15, 2013 - 7 p.m. EST - Kelley Rink (7,884) - Chestnut Hill, Mass. Television: NBC Sports Network, Steve Schlanger (play-by-play), Ken Hodge (analyst) Listen:bceagles.com | Adam Kaufman (play-by-play), Andy Powers (analyst)
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NO. 2 SEED
Boston College earned the No. 2 seed in the 29th Hockey East Tournament after finishing in second place in the 2012-13 regular-season standings with a 15-9-3 record and 33 points, one point behind league champion UMass-Lowell. BC will host No. 7 Vermont in a best-of-three game quarterfinal round series Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 17 at Kelley Rink. The Eagles are currenly tied for fifth place in the all-important USCHO.com PairWise rankings, a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee.
Since the 1997-98 season, BC has won nine Hockey East Tournament titles (1998, '99, 2001, '05, '07, '08, '10, '11 and '12), has advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Frozen Four 10 times (1998, '99, 2000, '01, '04, '06, '07, '08, '10 and '12) and has captured four national titles (2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012). During this span, the Eagles are 79-17 (.823 win percentage) in 96 playoff contests.
THE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT
Boston College has won a record 11 tournament titles and is 59-23-2 (.714 win percentage) in Hockey East postseason play in 27 league championships. The Eagles captured the 1987 and 1990 Hockey East Tournament titles under head coach Len Ceglarski. BC has won nine league tournament championships under Jerry York - 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
YORK AND THE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT
Jerry York is 50-11-1 (.815 win percentage) in 17 Hockey East Tournaments. York-led squads are 29-7 in quarterfinal league play, 11-3 in semifinal competition and 9-2 in championship games. BC has advanced to the semifinal round of the league tournament in each of the last eight seasons and 13 times under York. The Eagles have finished first nine times (in the last 14 tournaments), capturing those nine wins in 11 championship games.
PATCH IS BACK
Boston College senior defenseman Patch Alber, who underwent surgery to repair a displaced lateral meniscus in his right knee on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, rejoined his teammates on the practice sheet with a red "no contact" jersey on Wednesday, March 6, and was cleared for contact and competition on Monday, March 11. Alber missed 20 games because of the injury. A 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior from Clifton Park, N.Y., Alber sustained the injury prior to Boston College's 5-2 victory over Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday, Dec. 29, in Minneapolis, Minn. Alber has registered 29 points - four goals and 25 assists - in 109 career games.
SENIORS AND THE HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT
Boston College six senior players -- F Pat Mullane, D Patrick Wey, F Steven Whitney, D Patch Alber, F Brooks Dyroff, G Parker Milner and senior manager Tom Maguire -- have a 12-0 record in Hockey East Tournament competition. In the last four league tournaments, the Eagles are 6-0 against Massachusetts, 2-0 against Maine, and 1-0 against Providence, Merrimack, Northeastern and Vermont.
SUCCESS DOWN THE STRETCH
Boston College has won 85.5 percent of its games played after Feb. 1 over the last four seasons. BC is 51-7-4 in those games. In 2009-10, the Eagles went 16-2-1 in the last 19 games of the season en route to the 2010 national title at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. In 2010-11, BC went 12-2-1 in the last 15 games, and, last season, BC went 17-0-0 in games played after Feb. 1 en route to the 2012 national title at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
THREE OF THE NATION'S ELITE
Three Boston College forwards -- sophomore Johnny Gaudreau, senior Steven Whitney and senior Pat Mullane -- rank among the nation's top-20 point-producing players in the country. BC is the only school with three players ranked within the nation's top 20. With 46 points in 31 games, Gaudreau checks in first among the nation's leaders with 1.48 points per game. With 41 points in 34 games, Whitney is tied for 11th with an average of 1.21 points per game. With 38 points in 34 games, Mullane ranks 16th with a 1.12 points per game average.
THE VERMONT SERIES
BC, which has won six of the last seven meetings between the teams and is unbeaten during this stretch (6-0-1), went 2-0-1 against Vermont this season and is 31-12-5 in the 48-game all-time series between the teams, including a 23-7-4 record in 34 games under Jerry York. BC last lost to the Catamounts on Nov. 13, 2010 inside Gutterson Fieldhouse (5-3) and last lost at home to UVM on Nov. 15, 2009 (3-2). BC's senior class is 9-3-1 in 13 meetings between the teams in the last four years. The Eagles are 5-1-0 against the Catamounts at home, 3-2-1 in Burlington, Vt., and 1-0-0 at TD Garden. BC is 4-0-0 against Vermont in Hockey East Tournament play that includes a 3-0 win over the Catamounts in the 2010 Hockey East Championship semifinal game in TD Garden in the last postseason meeting between the teams.
Already one of the most decorated classes in Boston College hockey history, the 2012-13 senior class -- F Pat Mullane, D Patrick Wey, F Steven Whitney, D Patch Alber, F Brooks Dyroff, G Parker Milner -- and senior manager Tom Maguire -- have a 112-38-9 record in four seasons at The Heights, have captured two NCAA Division I championships, three Hockey East tournament titles, two Hockey East regular-season championships and are the first class in school history to capture four Beanpot titles. As freshmen in 2009-10, the Eagles went 29-10-3 en route to the Beanpot championship, the Hockey East Tournament title and the NCAA Division I championship. As sophomores, the 2010-11 team finished 30-8-1 and captured the Beanpot title and the Hockey East regular-season and tournament championships. As juniors, the 2011-12 team went 33-10-1 and captured the Beanpot title, the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles, and the NCAA Division I championship. The 2012-13 Eagles are currently 20-10-4.
COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
Sophomore Johnny Gaudreau, senior Steven Whitney and sophomore Quinn Smith have combined to record 15 (of 20) BC game-winning goals this season. Gaudreau and Whitney, who each have six gamewinners, are tied for the nation's lead in the category, to give Boston College the only two-player tandem to boast 12 gamewinners between them. With the addition of Smith, who has three game-winning goals in the last six victories, one of the three aforementioned players has accounted for the game's deciding goal in 15 of the team's 20 wins this season.
QUEBECKER'S MATHESON AND HANLAN SHINE FOR BC
Two Boston College freshman stars -- Olivier Hanlan on the men's basketball team and Michael Matheson on the men's hockey team -- have enjoyed stellar campaigns to date. Hanlan, of Aylmer, Quebec, leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in points per game by a rookie, Matheson, a, six-foot-2, 189-pound defenseman from Pointe-Claire, ranks among the conference's and nation's elite in several statistical categories. A first-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers, Matheson is third in the conference (behind teammates Steven Whitney and Pat Mullane) with a plus-minus rating of +18. Matheson checks in 12th among all defensemen in college hockey with 24 points -- seven goals and 17 assists -- in 34 games, and ranks second in the Hockey East in defensemen scoring and ranks third among all rookies in the conference in point production.