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Hockey Players Earn Post-Season Honors

March 20, 1998

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - 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 are 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.

Gionta is the nation's top-scoring freshman. He has 55 points -- 26 goals and 29 assists -- in 35 games. The 5-foot-7-inch right wing captured HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week honors four times during the regular season. Gionta is the fifth Boston College freshman -- and the second in the last three years -- to capture the league's top rookie honor.

Reasoner, a Hobey Baker and All-America candidate, leads the Eagles with 63 points -- 28 goals and 35 assists -- in 37 games. The center finished the regular season as HOCKEY EAST's scoring leader with 42 points in 24 league contests.

Mottau, who last year earned New England Rookie of the Year honors, scored 42 points -- 11 goals and 31 assists -- from his defensive position. He ranks second among the nation's defensemen in scoring.

Allen made an immediate impact on the Eagles, bolstering the defensive unit at both ends of the ice. The freshman has 26 points -- 7 goals and 19 assists -- through 35 games. He ranks among the team's leaders with five power-play goals.

Clemmensen, a goalie, has a 20-8-4 record, the most victories by a BC goaltender since Scott Gordon won 23 games in 1984-85. Earlier this season he established a NCAA regular-season record with 254:23 consecutive shutout minutes.

Scuderi, a 6-foot-1-inch defenseman, is one of five players -- and the lone freshman -- to have played in all 37 games to date. He has 20 assists this season, ranking him fifth on the team.

Boston College (24-8-5) returns to action in the HOCKEY EAST semifinals on Friday, March 20. The Eagles will face Merrimack at 5 p.m.

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