April 3, 2012
Boston College earned the 2012 NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed and advanced to the Frozen Four after winning two games -- against Air Force (March 24) and Minnesota-Duluth (March 25) in the Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Eagles enter the 2012 Frozen Four with a 31-10-1 record.
BC won its second straight Hockey East regular-season title with a 19-7-1 conference record and captured the 2012 Hockey East Tournament title - its third straight - after defeating Massachusetts twice (in a best-of-three game quarterfinal series), Providence in the semifinals and Maine in the championship game.
Last Minnesota-BC Meeting
- Thursday's game will mark the 27th in the all-time series against Minnesota. Boston College is 11-14-2 against the Gophers, including a 3-3-1 record in seven meetings between the teams under Jerry York. The teams met regularly from 1982-1990 and have met just seven times since. Thursday's NCAA Frozen Four meeting will mark the first since a 5-2 BC win over Minnesota in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
- BC is 5-4 in nine NCAA Tournament meetings against the Gophers, including a 1-0 record under Jerry York. BC beat Minnesota, 5-2, in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
17-game Win Streak
- Benn Ferriero recorded a game-high three points - one goal and two assists - and John Muse made 31 saves to lead No. 2 seed Boston College to a 5-2 NCAA Tournament Northeast Regional semifinal-round win over No. 3 seed Minnesota.
- The win marked Boston College head coach Jerry York's 800th career victory.
- Boston College has won each of the last 17 games, a win streak that is currently the longest among all Division I teams.
- BC's win streak is the longest win streak in the Jerry York era (1994-present). BC previously won 13 games in succession from Feb. 15, 2007 to April 5, 2007.
- During its win streak, BC has captured 6 one-goal victories - New Hampshire on Jan. 27 (3-2), at New Hampshire on Jan. 28 (3-2 in overtime), vs. Boston University on Feb. 13 (3-2 in overtime), at Merrimack on Feb. 18 (2-1) vs. Massachusetts (2-1) on March 9 and vs. Massachusetts (3-2) on March 10.
- BC has held its opponent to 2 goals or fewer in 16 of the last 17 games.
- Massachusetts took an early 1-0 lead on a Connor Sheary goal at 2:54 of the opening period on Saturday, March 10, marking the first time in 687 minutes, 56 seconds dating back to Jan. 27, 2012 (spanning 13 games) that Boston College had trailed an opponent. The Minutemen held the 1-0 lead for 1:31.
- BC is averaging 3.9 goals per game and 1.1 goals per game against during this stretch.
- The team has scored 17 power-play goals and 5 shorthanded goals during its 17-game win streak.
- The power play is converting 28.8 percent of its chances (17-for-59).
- The penalty kill has been successful 90.8 percent of the time (59-for-65) in the last 17 games.
- Junior goaltender Parker Milner has started each of the last 17 games. He has stopped 451-of-470 shots faced for a 1.11 goals against average and a .960 save percentage during this stretch.
- Freshman forward Johnny Gaudreau (12 goals, 12 assists) has a team-high 24 points, while junior wing Chris Kreider (8 goals, 10 assists) has 18 points during the team's 17-game win streak.