Third-Ranked Men's Hockey to Face Clarkson/Colorado College
Eagles enter NCAA tournament with 12-game unbeaten streak.
March 24, 1998
NATIONAL RANKING: Boston College is ranked third in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Poll (March 23), and third in the most recent USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll.
STREAKING: Boston College enters the NCAA Tournament's quarterfinal round with a 12-game unbeaten streak. The Eagles are 10-0-2 in their last 12 contests ... BC's last loss was a 5-4 overtime defeat against Harvard in the opening round of the Beanpot (in the FleetCenter) on Feb. 2 ... The last time BC achieved a 12-game unbeaten streak (in one season) was during the 1948-49 season. BC won its last 12 games that season to capture the school's only national championship.
BACK IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The 1998 tournament marks the 19th time the Eagles have earned a NCAA Tournament berth. BC last competed in the NCAA Tournament during the 1990-91 season, finishing a stretch in which BC had gained seven berths in eight years (1983-84 through 1990-91, with 1987-88 as the one exception).
TOURNAMENT RECORD: Boston College has a 13-29 all-time record in NCAA Tournament action ... BC has advanced to the tournament's semifinal round 13 times, and to the title game three times.
BC VS. THE FIELD: Boston College owns a 3-3-1 record against the other teams in this year's 12-team NCAA field, with all seven decisions coming against teams in the East Regional. BC has a 2-1-0 record against New Hampshire, a 1-1-1 record against Boston University and a 0-1-0 record against Clarkson.
HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT TITLE: 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.
HOCKEY EAST HONOREES: Highlighted by freshman Brian Gionta 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 captain Marty Reasoner and sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau gained HOCKEY EAST First Team honors. Gionta also captured All-League second team and All-Rookie honors. Freshmen Bobby Allen, Scott Clemmensen and Rob Scuderi rounded out the list of honored Eagles, taking home All-Rookie accolades.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: BC's two seniors -- Ken Hemenway and Jamie O'Leary -- have been solid four-year contributors. Hemenway, a defenseman who came to Boston College from Anchorage, Alaska, has played in 146 of a possible 148 games since arriving on The Heights (missing two games as a freshman). He has tallied two goals and 18 assists this season, including four assists in the last three games ... O'Leary, a forward from Needham, Mass., has 21 points this season and 98 for his career. O'Leary has scored three game-winning goals this season.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Eighteen of the 20 Eagles who have seen regular action this season are underclassmen. Head coach Jerry York's line-up regularly features six juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen.
WE LOVE NEW YORK: When Boston College faces off in New York's state capital, it will mark a homecoming of sorts for the six Eagles who hail from the Empire State. Four members of the freshman class -- Marty Hughes (Hicksville), Rob Scuderi (Bethpage), Brian Gionta (Rochester) and Mike Lephart (Niskayuna) -- are from New York as are one sophomore -- Jeff Farkas (Williamsville) -- and one junior -- Marty Reasoner (Honeoye Falls) ... Lephart's home is just 11 miles from Pepsi Arena.
THE YORK REPORT: Now in his fourth season as the head coach at his alma mater, BC head coach Jerry York is one of just eight coaches in NCAA history who have led two schools into NCAA Tournament action. York led Bowling Green to six NCAA Tournament appearances in his 15 years at the Ohio institution. The York-led Falcons captured the 1983-84 national title, finishing with a 34-8-2 mark ... York played in the NCAA Tournament in his sophomore season (1964-65) at Boston College. The Eagles defeated North Dakota, 3-2, in the semifinal round, before dropping an 8-2 decision to Michigan Tech in the title game.
MORE ON THE HEAD COACH: The Eagles' quarterfinal-round game will mark Jerry York's 995th game as a collegiate head coach. Now in his 26th year as a head coach, York sports an impressive 535-411-48 career mark. York is in his fourth season at BC (68-66-14). Currently the eighth all-time winningest college hockey coach, York is fourth among active Division I coaches. A 1967 graduate of Boston College and former hockey star for the legendary head coach John "Snooks" Kelley, York has also coached at Clarkson (1972-79) and Bowling Green (1979-94).
SCORING BY CLASS: Who scores the Eagles' points? Boston College sports a balanced attack. The junior class and the sophomore class have each notched 147 points. Six talented freshmen have tallied 152 points. The senior class, with just two members, has scored 41 points.
SEVEN IN DOUBLE DIGITS: Seven Eagles have scored 10 or more goals this season. Reasoner has 30 goals, Gionta has 28, followed by Blake Bellefeuille (18), Lephart (14), Mottau (12), Tony Hutchins (12) and Andy Powers (11).
MIKE MOTTAU: An All-HOCKEY EAST first team selection, sophomore defenseman and All-America candidate Mike Mottau leads the nation's defensemen in scoring with 46 points -- 12 goals and 34 assists. He scored five points -- one goals and four assists -- in the team's four HOCKEY EAST Tournament wins ... He registered 26 points -- six goals and 20 assists -- in 24 league contests, tying him with BU's Tom Poti for the league lead among defensemen ... He has recorded 13 multiple-point games this season, and BC has an 11-2-0 record in those games ... He has scored three or more points in eight games ... Mottau had six points in the UMass-Lowell series on Feb. 27-28. He recorded one goal and two assists on Feb. 27, and three assists the following evening ... Mottau was one of three Eagles who played with the U.S. Junior National Team in the World Junior Championships in Finland.
SUPER MARTY: Junior center and All-America candidate Marty Reasoner currently leads the nation in scoring with 64 points in 38 games (excluding the game against Ottawa) ... Reasoner shared the HOCKEY EAST (regular-season) scoring title with UNH senior Tom Nolan. Both players finished with 42 points in 24 league contests. Reasoner had 17 goals and 25 assists, while Nolan had 11 goals and 31 assists ... He has 19 multiple-point games this season, including nine of the last 11 games. He has nine goals and 20 assists in this 11-game stretch ... He has seven multiple-goal games ... BC has a 17-2-3 record when Reasoner scores a goal. Hot: Reasoner enters the NCAA Tournament with a 13-game point-scoring streak ... He scored seven points in the team's four HOCKEY EAST Tournament games, earning him tourney MVP honors ... Reasoner registered his first collegiate hat trick in the team's regular-season finale -- a 6-6 tie at Northeastern on March 7. He netted one goal in the first period, and two goals in the third period. His final goal evened the score at 6-6 with just more than four minutes remaining ... He scored a career-best five points in the Eagles' 7-3 home win over UMass-Lowell on Feb. 28.
Clutch: Reasoner has scored 14 of his 30 goals this season in the third period. Eight of these goals have come in the game's last five minutes ... He netted the decisive goal with four seconds remaining in regulation in a 4-3 Game 1 win over Providence in the HOCKEY EAST Tournament's quarterfinal round ... In the tournament's title game against Maine, Reasoner scored a power-play goal at 18:44 of the first period to trim the Black Bears' lead to 2-1 and turn the momentum in the Eagles' favor.
Career Numbers: The junior is now 14th on Boston College's career scoring list with 157 points.
THE NETMINDER: Freshman Scott Clemmensen, a 1997-98 HOCKEY EAST All-Rookie Team selection, enters the NCAA Tournament with a 22-8-4 record, a 2.87 goals against average and an .881 save percentage. His 22 wins are the most by a Boston College goalie since Scott Gordon had a BC-record 23 wins in 1984-85 ... He has recorded four shutouts, a BC single-season record ... He enters the NCAA Tournament with a 12-game unbeaten streak, including four victories in the Eagles' HOCKEY EAST Tournament title run. He had a 2.50 goals against average in his first four post-season contests.
Against Clarkson: Clemmensen made 17 saves in a 4-3 home loss to Clarkson on November 29, 1997.
NCAA Record: Clemmensen earned a spot in the NCAA hockey record book on Saturday, January 24. The Urbandale, Iowa resident held UMass-Amherst scoreless until the 12:29 mark of the first period to extend his streak of consecutive shutout minutes to a NCAA record 254:23. The freshman had not allowed a goal in more than 11 periods (and one overtime session). He entered the game needing 8:57 of scoreless hockey to establish the record ... The "old record" was held by Gerry Schultz (North Dakota), who recorded four consecutive shutouts (all against Michigan Tech) from January 14-29, 1954. Blaine Lacher (Lake Superior State) has the longest overall streak (including playoffs). Lacher had a scoreless string of 375:01 spanning seven games (four in the CCHA playoffs) from February 26-March 4, 1994.
BRIAN GIONTA: Freshman sensation Brian Gionta (Rochester, N.Y.) is the nation's top-scoring freshman (27-26-53, excluding the Ottawa game) and nation's 10th-leading scorer regardless of class. He also ranks fifth in the nation with 11 power-play goals ... He won the HOCKEY EAST (regular-season) goal-scoring title with 22 goals in 24 league contests ... The 5-foot-7-inch forward has played in 37 of the team's 39 games, missing two games while playing with the U.S. Junior National Team in the World Junior Championships in Finland ... The All-America candidate captured HOCKEY EAST Rookie of the Week honors five times this season, and captured the league's Rookie of the Year award at year's end ... He notched four goals and one assist in BC's 7-3 home win over UMass-Lowell on Feb. 28. He netted one goal in each of the first two periods, and two goals in the third period. Among his goals were two man-advantage tallies and the game-winning goal ... He leads the Eagles with six game-winning goals, including the third-period tally that gave BC the HOCKEY EAST Tournament title-game win over Maine ... He has 14 multiple-point outings ... He enters the NCAA Tournament with a 12-game point-scoring streak.
BG2: Prior to Gionta's Feb. 28 "heroics" against UMass-Lowell, the last Boston College player to score four goals in one game was Bill Guerin, who registered four against Northeastern on Feb. 17, 1991 ... On a side note, the last BC player to tally five goals in one game was Marty McInnis -- against Merrimack in the HOCKEY EAST Tournament (final game of a best-of-three quarterfinal-round series) on March 5, 1990.
Tops: Gionta is the seventh BC player to capture the HOCKEY EAST goal-scoring crown, and only the second freshman in league history to accomplish the feat (The other: BC's Steve Heinze in 1988-89).
Power Play: In HOCKEY EAST contests, Gionta tied with UNH junior Derek Bekar for the top spot with 10 power-play tallies.
Phenomenal Freshman: Gionta's goal against Maine in the HOCKEY EAST Tournament championship game was his 28th of the season, giving him the BC freshman record for goals. Richie Smith had held the record with 27 goals in 1972-73 ... Gionta is tied for second on the school's freshman "points" list, six points behind Ken Hodge (64 in 1984-85).
Extra Effort: In addition to his on-ice excellence, Brian Gionta is making his presence felt in the greater Boston College community. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the freshman was one of four BC athletes assisting children in halftime activities at the Eagles' women's basketball game against Georgetown. The game was Boston College's celebration of the national "Take A Kid To The Game" program.
UNHERALDED: Sophomore forward Blake Bellefeuille has recorded 13 points in the last nine games, including three two-goal efforts ... The most recent of his 10 multiple-point efforts was a two-goal, one-assist outing in the HOCKEY EAST Tournament's quarterfinal series opener against Providence (March 12) ... He currently ranks third on the team with 18 goals, and tied for fourth on the team with 36 points.
JEFF FARKAS: The sophomore forward from Williamsville, N.Y., who has been skating on the Eagles' second line, earned All-Tournament honors at the HOCKEY EAST Tournament after tallying two goals and five assists in the Eagles' four games ... He has tallied 11 points in the last nine games, with at least one point in eight of those games ... He has 10 multiple-point games to his credit this season. Three of his multiple-point outings came in the HOCKEY EAST Tournament ... Farkas has played in 37 of the team's 39 games, missing two contests while competing with the U.S. National Junior Team in the World Junior Championships in Finland.
YOUNG DEFENSE: The Boston College defense features one senior, one junior, one sophomore and three freshmen. Two of the three blue liners -- Rob Scuderi and Bobby Allen -- earned HOCKEY EAST All-Rookie honors ... Scuderi is currently fifth on the team with 21 assists ... Allen, one of the nation's top defensemen, registered one assist in each of the Eagles' two quarterfinal-round wins over Providence, and has seven points in the last seven games ... Freshman Marty Hughes, who missed eight games from January 24-February 14 because of a broken right ankle, returned to action on February 27. He has played in the Eagles' last eight games.
MIKE LEPHART: The freshman forward from nearby Niskayuna, N.Y., ranks fourth on the team with 14 goals. Most recently, he scored a second-period, game-tying goal in the Eagles' 3-2 HOCKEY EAST Tournament championship-game victory over Maine ... The newcomer showed no sign of nerves in his first post-season tournament. He netted four goals and added one assist in BC's four-game title run ... He has notched four multiple-point games, including a hat trick against Harvard in the Badger Showdown in Milwaukee (Dec. 28).
HUTCH IS BACK: Sophomore forward Tony Hutchins, who missed the regular-season finale and the two HOCKEY EAST quarterfinal games because of a separated left shoulder (that he suffered in the Eagles' 6-1 win at UMass-Amherst on March 4), returned to action for the Eagles' semifinal and championship games ... In 36 games this season, the sophomore has four goals and 12 assists.
THE COACHING STAFF: Joining head coach Jerry York on the BC bench are associate head coaches Jim Logue and Scott Paluch, and assistant coach Mike Cavanaugh ... A 1961 Boston College graduate, Logue is in his fifth year on the BC staff. A former All-America goalie who played on the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team, he led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore (1958-59 season). In tournament games played in Albany (at RPI Field House), Boston College lost to Michigan State in overtime, before defeating St. Lawrence in double overtime
... Paluch, who played for York at Bowling Green from 1984-88, is in his fourth year on the BC coaching staff. As a player, Paluch helped the Falcons to NCAA Tournament berths in both his junior and senior seasons. BGSU lost two straight games in the 1987 tournament, and recorded a 2-2 mark the following year ... Cavanaugh was a three-year letterman at Bowdoin College before graduating in 1990.
POWERFUL POWER PLAY: BC has a 27.4 percent success rate (58 of 212) on the power play this season ... The Eagles have scored at least one power-play goal in 17 of their last 18 games, with two or more power-play goals in 10 of these contests ... BC scored a season-high four power-play goals in an 8-0 win at Providence (Jan. 17) ... BC has scored at least one power-play goal in 33 of its 39 games. The Eagles are 24-6-3 in games in which they score at least one man-up goal ... The "four power-play goal game" at Providence marked the most power-play goals by a Boston College team in one game since November 27, 1992 when the Eagles tallied four in a 6-6 tie with St. Lawrence.
1997-98 vs. Clarkson: BC was 1-for-6 on the power play in its meeting with the Golden Knights earlier this season.
PENALTY KILL: Boston College has successfully killed 84.1 percent (159-of-189) of its opponents' power-play opportunities this season ... In the last four games, BC held its foes scoreless on 16 of 17 power-play chances, a 94.1 percent success rate ... BC has kept its opponents' man-advantage units scoreless in 19 games this season. BC has a 15-2-2 record in those games.
BY THE PERIOD: Boston College has outscored its foes in each of the three periods this season. In addition, the Eagles' point production improves with each period. Through 39 games, BC has scored 76 of its 178 goals (42.7 percent) in the third period, its highest-scoring stanza.
Second-Period Strength: Boston College has allowed just one second-period goal in its last five games.
CLOSE CALLS: Four of BC's eight losses this season have been by one goal, with two of the losses coming in overtime ... The Eagles are 8-4 in games decided by one goal.
WHEN SOMEONE COMES UP BIG: BC is 20-2-3 this season when an Eagle scores two or more goals in a game. There have been 28 multiple-goal games by nine different Eagles so far this season (including three games with two multiple-goal scorers)... Marty Reasoner has the team lead with seven multiple-goal games.
IN OVERTIME: Boston College has a 1-2-5 record in overtime games this season. The scoreless tie against Maine on January 10 was the first ever for the Eagle hockey program ... The Eagles are 3-2-11 in their last 16 overtime games.
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BC and NHL DRAFT: Four current Boston College players, the most (tied with Notre Dame) of any Division I program, were selected in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Forward Jeff Farkas (3rd round, Toronto Maple Leafs) was the top selection from HOCKEY EAST. Other Eagles taken were forward Kevin Caulfield (5th, Washington Capitals), defenseman Mike Mottau (7th, New York Rangers) and goaltender Scott Clemmensen (8th round, New Jersey Devils). All totaled, there are eight members of the 1997-98 Boston College team who have been drafted by NHL teams.
HOCKEY EAST: Boston College finished in second place in the HOCKEY EAST regular-season standings with a 15-5-4 record.. The Eagles' second-place finish is their best regular-season finish since capturing the 1990-91 regular-season title (their sixth regular-season crown).
THE BOSTON COLLEGE-CLARKSON SERIES
Boston College owns a 21-42-0 all-time record against the Golden Knights ... Clarkson won the teams' only NCAA Tournament game -- 5-3 in the 1963 tournament's third-place game ... The teams have met 10 times in the last nine years (including once this season). Clarkson has won nine of these 10 games ... BC last defeated Clarkson during the 1990-91 season -- an 8-5 home victory.
Scoring against the Golden Knights: Sophomore Blake Bellefeuille is the Eagles' top active scorer against the Golden Knights with four points -- one goal and three assists -- in two games. Junior Marty Reasoner has tallied three points -- one goal and two assists -- in three games against Clarkson ... Four players -- sophomores Kevin Caulfield, Tony Hutchins and Mike Mottau, and junior Chris Masters -- have one goal and one assist against Clarkson. Sophomore Jeff Farkas has two assists in two games (Note: Bellefeuille, Reasoner and Farkas did not play in the Eagles' 7-4 loss to Clarkson the Mariucci Classic last season as they were traveling with the US National Junior Team).
BC's Ties to Clarkson: Two Boston College graduates -- Len Ceglarski '51 and Jerry York '67 -- have served as the head hockey coach at Clarkson. Ceglarski won 254 games in 14 years as the Golden Knights' head coach (1958-72), before returning to his alma mater. York won 125 games in seven seasons (1972-79), before moving to Bowling Green.
This Year's Meeting
Clarkson 4, at Boston College 3 (Nov. 29, 1997): Freshman center Don Smith's power-play goal at 13:25 of the final period lifted Clarkson to a 3-2 non-league victory over Boston College before 4,254 fans at Kelley Rink. Smith's goal was the decisive tally in a game that twice saw Boston College battle back from deficits. After Clarkson's Ben Maidment scored the only goal of the opening period, teammate Chris Clark gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage with a goal at 1:48 of the middle period.
Boston College's Marty Reasoner cut the margin in half with a power-play goal at 8:31 of the second period, and freshman teammate Mike Lephart evened the score just more than three minutes later. Clarkson regained the lead on senior center Buddy Wallace's goal at 2:07 of the final period, before BC sophomore forward Kevin Caulfield again pulled the Eagles even at 10:16. Clarkson senior goaltender Chris Bernard finished with 24 saves. Boston College freshman Scott Clemmensen made 17 stops.
THE BOSTON COLLEGE-COLORADO COLLEGE SERIES
Boston College leads its all-time series with Colorado College, 10-4-1, including a 1-1-0 record in NCAA Tournament contests ... The two teams last met during the 1988-89 season, with BC claiming a 2-1 win over the Tigers in Broadmoor World Arena ... BC and CC had played at least once each year from 1983-84 through 1988-89. BC had a 7-0-1 record in those meetings ... BC and Colorado College's first two meetings came during the Eagles' 1948-49 national championship season. BC won the initial contest, 6-5, on Jan. 2, 1949, and later upended CC, 7-3, in the NCAA Tournament's semifinal round in Colorado Springs. The following year, the Tigers defeated Boston College, 10-3, in the NCAA Tournament's semifinal round.
'97-98 Eagle Record When...
Overall Record: 26-8-5 HOCKEY EAST: 15-5-4 At Home: 13-4-2 On the Road: 10-2-2 Neutral Site: 3-2-1 Overtime games: 1-2-5 Scoring first: 17-3-2 Opponents score first: 9-5-2 One-goal games: 8-4 Two-goal games: 3-1 Scoring 4+ goals: 22-4-2 Allowing 4+ goals: 2-7-2 Outshooting opponent: 25-5-4 Outshot by opponent: 1-3-1 Leading after one period: 13-1-2 Trailing after one period: 5-5 Tied after one period: 8-2-3 Leading after two periods: 14-2-2 Trailing after two periods: 4-3-1 Tied after two periods: 8-3-2 After a win: 17-6-2 After a loss: 4-1-3 After a tie: 4-1 Against the CCHA: 2-1 Against the ECAC: 3-2-1 Against the WCHA: 0-0
Boston College in the HOCKEY EAST
Statistical Rankings Power Play HEA 36-134, 26.9% 1st Overall 58-212, 27.4% 2nd Penalty Killing HEA 92-116, 79.3% 5th Overall 159-189, 84.1% 3rd Team Offense HEA 4.46 1st Overall 4.56 1st Team Defense HEA 3.25 3rd Overall 3.00 3rd Team Penalties HEA 19:53 avg. 4th Overall 18:22 avg. 6th
1997-98 Eagle Single-Game
Individual Highs Goals: 4, Brian Gionta vs. UMass-Lowell (2/28) Assists: 4, Brian Gionta vs. Ottawa (10/11) 4, Marty Reasoner vs. UMass-Lowell (2/28) Points: 5, Brian Gionta (twice), Marty Reasoner (once) Scoring Streak: 13, Marty Reasoner (2/2-3/21) Penalties: 4, three times Penalty Minutes: 19, Brendan Buckley vs. BU (12/7) Power-Play Goals: 2, four times Shorthanded Goals: 1, six times Saves: 36, Andy McLaughlin at BU (12/9)
1997-98 Eagle Single-Game
Team Highs/Lows HIGHS Goals: 10, vs. Ottawa (10/11) Assists: 18, vs. Ottawa (10/11) Shot Attempts: 76, vs. Merrimack (2/14) Shots on Goal: 50, at Northeastern (3/7) Penalties: 19, at BU (12/9) Penalty Minutes: 54, at BU (12/9) Power Play Pct.: 3-4 (75.0%), at Brown (11/25) Power-Play Goals: 4, at Providence (1/17) Penalty Killing: 100%, 16 times Saves: 36, at BU (12/9) Shorthanded Goals: 1, six times Goals Allowed: 12, at Maine (11/22) Shots on Goal Allowed: 42, at Maine (11/22) PPGs Allowed: 5, at Maine (11/22) SHGs Allowed: 1, six timesTHE LAST GAME
Wednesday, March 4: Freshman forward Brian Gionta registered four points and junior foward Marty Reasoner tallied three points to lead the Eagles to a 6-1 win at UMass-Amherst. Junior Andy Powers gave the visitors at 1-0 lead at 8:16 of the first period, but UMass evened the score just 57 seconds later. In the second period, freshman Bobby Allen netted the go-ahead (and game-winning) goal at 3:09, and Gionta padded the advantage with a goal at 7:30. In the final period, Gionta's power-play goal at 3:57further extended the Eagles' lead. Sophomore Blake Bellefeuille and Reasoner finished the scoring ... BC outshot UMass, 34-24 ... BC goalie Scott Clemmensen made 23 saves.