Hockey Prepares for Ohio State in the Final Four
March 31, 1998
Boston College (27-8-5)
NATIONAL RANKING: Boston College was ranked third in the final 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 semifinal round with a 13-game unbeaten streak. The Eagles are 11-0-2 in their last 13 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 13-game unbeaten streak (in one season) was during the 1940-41 season.
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).
SEMIFINAL ROUND: This year marks the 14th time the Eagles have advanced to the NCAA Tournament's semifinal round ... BC's last semifinal-round appearance came in 1990 ... The Eagles have a 3-10 mark in its previous semifinal contests.
TOURNAMENT RECORD: Boston College has a 14-29 all-time record in NCAA Tournament action, including a 3-4 record in the 1990s.
BC VS. THE FIELD: Boston College, which owned a 3-3-1 record against the 11 other teams in this year's NCAA field, has a 2-1-0 record against the tournament's other semifinalists. Each of those decisions came against New Hampshire. BC has not met Ohio State or Michigan this season.
IN THE FLEETCENTER: The Boston College-Ohio State semifinal-round game will mark the Eagles' fifth game in the FleetCenter this season ... For BC's senior class, the BC-OSU game will be its 11th game in the FleetCenter. The Eagles have a 5-4-1 record in their 10 previous FleetCenter appearances (1-1 in the 1996 Beanpot, 1-1 in the 1997 Beanpot, 0-1-1 in the 1997 HOCKEY EAST Tournament, 1-1 in the 1998 Beanpot and 2-0 in the 1998 HOCKEY EAST Tournament) ... Eleven BC players have netted at least one goal in the FleetCenter. Junior Marty Reasoner leads the Eagles with five FleetCenter goals; junior Andy Powers has four goals; sophomores Kevin Caulfield and Jeff Farkas each have three goals; five players -- juniors Chris Masters and Nick Pierandri, sophomore Mike Mottau, and freshmen Brian Gionta and Mike Lephart -- each have two goals. Sophomore Blake Bellefeuille and freshmen Bobby Allen each have one FleetCenter goal.
QUARTERFINAL-ROUND WIN: Six players each scored one goal as Boston College defeated Colorado College, 6-1, in the tournament's quarterfinal round at Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. BC led 3-0 after one period, extended its margin to 5-1 after two periods, and added one goal in the final stanza to finish the scoring. Sophomore Mike Mottau opened the scoring at 6:13, and junior Marty Reasoner netted a power-play goal 66 seconds later to double the margin. Sophomore Jeff Farkas extended the lead to 3-0 with an unassisted, short-handed tally at 18:51. Colorado College scored its lone goal - on the power-play - 37 seconds into the middle period, but sophomore Blake Bellefeuille's man-advantage goal at 4:12 and classmate Kevin Caulfield's goal at 19:20 gave BC a 5-1 lead after two periods. Forward Brian Gionta, the nation's top-scoring freshman, finished the scoring with his 29th goal of the season at 9:54 of the final period. BC's Scott Clemmensen tied a school record by gaining his 23rd win in net. He made 17 stops. Colorado College's two goalies - Jason Cugnet and Colin Zulianello - combined for 28 saves.
EAST REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior center Marty Reasoner and sophomore defenseman Mike Mottau both earned East Regional All-Tournament honors for their performances in the Eagles' win over Colorado College on Sunday, March 29.
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 147 of a possible 149 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 four 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. He has become a leader on the Eagles' penalty-killing unit.
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.
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' semifinal-round game will mark Jerry York's 996th game as a collegiate head coach. Now in his 26th year as a head coach, York sports an impressive 536-411-48 career mark. York is in his fourth season at BC (69-66-14). 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).
EIGHT IN DOUBLE DIGITS: Eight Eagles have scored 10 or more goals this season. Reasoner has 31 goals, Gionta has 29, followed by Blake Bellefeuille (19), Lephart (14), Mottau (13), Tony Hutchins (12), Andy Powers (11) and Farkas (10).
SCORING BY CLASS: Who scores the Eagles' points? Boston College sports a balanced attack. The six talented freshmen have combined for a team-high 157 points. The sophomore class has scored 153 points, just ahead of the junior class' 151 points. The senior class, with just two members, has scored 41 points.
CLASS G A Pts. Pct. Freshmen 56 103 157 31.2 Sophomores 62 91 153 30.4 Juniors 60 91 151 30.0 Seniors 8 33 41 8.2
SUPER MARTY: Junior center and All-America candidate Marty Reasoner currently leads the nation in scoring with 66 points in 39 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 20 multiple-point games this season, including 10 of the last 12 games. He has 10 goals and 21 assists in this 12-game stretch ... He has seven multiple-goal games ... BC has an 18-2-3 record when Reasoner scores a goal. Hot: Reasoner enters the NCAA Tournament's semifinal round with a 14-game point-scoring streak ... In the win over Colorado College on March 29, the junior registered one goal and one assist ... 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 31 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 tied for 13th on Boston College's career scoring list with 159 points.
11. Billy O'Dwyer (1978-82) 124gm 64g, 98a - 162 Doug Brown (1982-86) 143gm 73g, 89a - 162 13. Steve Heinze (1988-91) 116gm 74g, 85a - 159 Marty Reasoner (1995-act) 109gm 67g, 92a - 159MIKE MOTTAU: An All-HOCKEY EAST first team selection, sophomore defenseman and All-America candidate Mike Mottau leads the nation's defensemen in scoring with 47 points -- 13 goals and 34 assists. He scored five points -- one goal and four assists -- in the team's four HOCKEY EAST Tournament wins, and scored the Eagles' first goal against Colorado College in the NCAA Tournament's quarterfinal round ... 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.
THE NETMINDER: Freshman Scott Clemmensen, a 1997-98 HOCKEY EAST All-Rookie Team selection, enters the NCAA Tournament's semifinal round with a 23-8-4 record, a 2.82 goals against average and an .882 save percentage. He earned his 23rd win in the Eagles' 6-1 win over Colorado College in the NCAA Tournament's quarterfinal round, tying the school's single-season record for wins. Scott Gordon also recorded 23 wins in 1984-85 ... Clemmensen has recorded four shutouts, a BC single-season record ... He enters the semifinal game against Ohio State with a 13-game unbeaten streak, including five post-season victories. He has a 2.20 goals against average in the five post-season contests.
In the FleetCenter: Clemmensen has a 3-1-0 record in the FleetCenter this season. He has made 74 saves in the four games, including a single-game high 22 in the Eagles' HOCKEY EAST Tournament semifinal win over Merrimack (March 20). The Urbandale, Iowa product has a 2.47 goals against average in the four FleetCenter contests.
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.), who tallied one goal in the Eagles' NCAA Tournament quarterfinal-round win over Colorado College, is the nation's top-scoring freshman (28-26-54, excluding the Ottawa game) and nation's 12th-leading scorer regardless of class. He also ranks fourth in the nation with 12 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 38 of the team's 40 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's semifinal round with a 13-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).
UNHERALDED: Sophomore forward Blake Bellefeuille has recorded 15 points (9g, 6a) in the last 10 games, including three two-goal efforts ... The most recent of his 11 multiple-point efforts was a one-goal, one-assist outing in the Eagles' NCAA Tournament quarterfinal victory over Colorado College ... He currently ranks third on the team with 19 goals, and fourth on the team with 38 points.
JEFF FARKAS: The sophomore forward from Williamsville, N.Y., who has been skating on the Eagles' second line, has three goals and five assists in the Eagles' five post-season games ... He earned All-Tournament honors at the HOCKEY EAST Tournament after tallying two goals and five assists in four games. He added one goal -- a key short-handed tally late in the first period -- in BC's 6-1 win over Colorado College in the NCAA Tournament's quarterfinal round ... He has tallied 12 points in the last 10 games, with at least one point in nine 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 38 of the team's 40 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 rookie blue liners -- Rob Scuderi and Bobby Allen -- earned HOCKEY EAST All-Rookie honors ... Scuderi is currently fifth on the team with 23 assists. He tallied two assists in the team's 6-1 win over Colorado College in the NCAA Tournament's quarterfinal round ... Allen, one of the nation's top defensemen, has eight points in the last eight games. He registered one assist in each of the Eagles' two HOCKEY EAST Tournament wins over Providence, and had one "early" assist in the win over Colorado College. He missed most of the CC contest after receiving a game misconduct late in the first period ... 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 nine games.
MIKE LEPHART: The freshman forward from Niskayuna, N.Y., ranks fourth on the team with 14 goals. He scored a second-period, game-tying goal in the Eagles' 3-2 HOCKEY EAST Tournament championship-game victory over Maine ... He tallied one assist in the NCAA Tournament win over Colorado College ... 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 HOCKEY EAST 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' HOCKEY EAST semifinal and championship games ... In 37 games this season, the sophomore has 12 goals and five assists ... He registered one assist in BC's 6-1 win over Colorado College in the NCAA Tournament's quarterfinal round.
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 27.3 percent success rate (60 of 220) on the power play this season ... The Eagles have scored at least one power-play goal in 18 of their last 19 games, with two or more power-play goals in 11 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 34 of its 40 games. The Eagles are 25-6-3 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.
PENALTY KILL: Boston College has successfully killed 84.4 percent (168-of-199) of its opponents' power-play opportunities this season ... In the last five games, BC held its foes scoreless on 25 of 27 power-play chances, a 92.6 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 40 games, BC has scored 77 of its 184 goals (41.8 percent) in the third period, its highest-scoring stanza.
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).
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'97-98 Eagle Record When... Overall Record: 27-8-5 HOCKEY EAST: 15-5-4 At Home: 13-4-2 On the Road: 10-2-2 Neutral Site: 4-2-1 Overtime games: 1-2-5 Scoring first: 18-3-2 Opponents score first: 9-5-2 One-goal games: 8-4 Two-goal games: 3-1 Scoring 4+ goals: 23-4-2 Allowing 4+ goals: 2-7-2 Outshooting opponent: 26-5-4 Outshot by opponent: 1-3-1 Leading after one period: 14-1-2 Trailing after one period: 5-5 Tied after one period: 8-2-3 Leading after two periods: 15-2-2 Trailing after two periods: 4-3-1 Tied after two periods: 8-3-2 After a win: 18-6-2 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: 1-0