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Hockey Earns First-Round Bye in NCAA Tournament

March 22, 1998

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - One day after capturing the 1998 HOCKEY EAST Tournament title to earn an automatic berth in the national tournament, Boston College was seeded second in the East Region, giving the team a bye through the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles will play the winner of the Clarkson-Colorado College first-round game in the quarterfinal round on Sunday, March 29. Game time is 2 p.m. (Eastern time) in Albany, N.Y.'s Pepsi Arena.

The NCAA Tournament berth is the 19th in Boston College hockey history, the first since the 1990-91 season.

Boston College earned its third HOCKEY EAST Tournament title in the 14-year history of the league with its 3-2 win over Maine at the FleetCenter on Saturday, March 21. The Eagles trailed 2-0, before junior captain and tournament MVP Marty Reasoner cut the deficit in half with a power-play goal at 18:44 of the first period. Freshman Mike Lephart evened the score at 6:10 of the second period, and freshman Brian Gionta netted the game-winning tally at 14:19 of the third period. The goal, which came after Reasoner won a draw in the Maine end, was Gionta's sixth gamewinner of the season ... Reasoner, sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau and sophomore forward Jeff Farkas earned All-Tournament honors.

Highlighted by freshman Brian Gionta (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) earning HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Year honors, six Boston College players captured post-season accolades from the conference. The award winners were selected by a vote of the league's nine head coaches.

Junior forward/captain Marty Reasoner (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Deerfield Academy) and sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau (Avon, Mass./Thayer Academy) gained HOCKEY EAST First Team honors. Gionta also captured All-League second team and All-Rookie honors. Freshmen Bobby Allen (Hull, Mass./Cushing Academy), Scott Clemmensen (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) and Rob Scuderi (Bethpage, N.Y./St. Anthony's) rounded out the list of honored Eagles, taking home All-Rookie accolades.

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