Men's Hockey Travels To St. Paul For 11th Annual Ice Breaker Tournament
Oct. 11, 2007
BC Making Third Ice Breaker Appearance
Boston College is making its third appearance in the Ice Breaker Tournament's 11-year history. The Eagles have won both Ice Breaker Invitationals that they have competed in. BC competed in the 1998 tournament in Minneapolis, Minn., and the 2003 tournament in East Lansing, Mich.
Fox Sports Net-North will broadcast each of the four Ice Breaker Tournament games with Frank Mazzocco (play-by-play), Doug Woog (analyst), Jeff Dubay (rinkside reporter), Chris Withers (producer) and Dave Higgins (director).
WTTT-Boston 1150 AM is the official radio home of 2007-08 BC hockey. Additionally, each BC hockey radio broadcast can be heard free of charge over the internet at www.bceagles.com. Greg Madden (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (color) are BC's Ice Breaker broadcast team.
North Star State Ties
For two Boston College players -- senior Joe Adams and sophomore Carl Sneep -- the team's trip to Minnesota marks a homecoming. Adams is native of Wayzata and is a 2002 graduate of the Breck School in Minneapolis while Sneep hails from nearby Nisswa and is a 2006 Brainerd high school graduate.
Countdown To Faceoff ...
Members of the 2007-08 BC hockey program that have a brother who played for BC (Joe Adams' brother John was a standout defenseman from 2001-05. Matt Greene and his older brother Justin played at BC together for each of the previous three seasons. Justin was a four-year member of the program and graduated last May. Junior manager Justin Murphy's older brother Ryan was a four-year hockey letterman (2001-05) while Andrew Orpik's older brother, Brooks lettered at BC from 1998-01.
Boston College has 26 players on its roster -- 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies.
BC, the 2006-07 national runner-up, is ranked No. 2, according to USCHO.com/CSTV as well as the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. North Dakota, which lost to BC in the 2007 national semifinal in St. Louis, Mo., and is scheduled to visit Conte Forum on Friday, Oct. 19, is ranked No. 1 according to each outlet.
Eagles, Wildcast Chosen As League Favorites
BC and UNH were chosen as preseason favorites to share the league regular-season title in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll. The announcement marks the eighth time in the last 10 seasons that the Eagles have been selected as the preseason favorite, or co-favorite, to win the conference crown. The Eagles finished second in last season's Hockey East regular-season standings and won the conference tournament for a league-high seventh time.
Jerry York is in his 36th season as a head coach and his 14th season at Boston College. The second winningest coach in NCAA history and first among active Division I coaches, York enters today's game with a 778-504-76 career record, including a 311-169-42 mark at Boston College ... He has guided the Eagles to numerous accomplishments, including seven Frozen Four appearances in the last 10 years, five Hockey East regular-season trophies (2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05), five Hockey East Tournament titles (1998, 1999, 2001, 2005 and 2007), and the 2001 national championship. A 1967 graduate of Boston College, York was a three-year letterman at the Heights and earned All-America and All-New England first-team honors in 1966-67.
The Coaching Staff
Associate head coach Mike Cavanaugh is in his 13th season on the BC staff (his 14th season with York; Cavanaugh spent the 1992-93 year on York's staff at Bowling Green) ... Assistant coach Greg Brown is now in his fourth season on the staff. Brown began his coaching career after completing a 12-year professional playing career. A 1990 Boston College graduate, Brown is one of the greatest players in Boston College hockey history. He is the school's only two-time Hockey East Player of the Year (1989 and 1990) and was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame in the fall of 2004 ... Assistant coach Jim Logue is in his 13th season on the Eagles' bench. Logue, who tutors the team's goaltenders, starred in net for the Eagles from 1958-61.
The Series: Boston College vs. Michigan
Boston College and Michigan are meeting for the 16th time in series history. Although the Wolverines hold an 9-6-0 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams, BC is 4-2-0 in the Jerry York era and has won four of the last five meetings, including NCAA Tournament victories in 2001 and 2004. The Eagles and Wolverines last met on Oct. 14, 2005 in Yost Ice Arena, a 3-2 Michigan victory.
Boston College vs. Michigan in the NCAA Tournament -- Jerry York era (2-1)
Michigan 3, Boston College 2 (OT) (April 4, 1998 at Boston, Mass. -- National Championship Game) - Josh Langfield's goal at 17:51 of the overtime session gave the Wolverines a 3-2 victory and the NCAA title. Boston College began the third period with a 2-1 lead behind goals from Mike Lephart and Kevin Caulfield, but Michigan evened the score at 13:48 of the final period. The Wolverines outshot the Eagles 10-3 in the overtime session.
Boston College 4, Michigan 2 (April 5, 2001 at Albany, N.Y. -- National Semifinal) - Boston College got two goals each from freshmen Chuck Kobasew and Ben Eaves to beat Michigan 4-2 and advance to the national championship. The Eagles scored the game's first three goals before Michigan responded and the score was 3-1 entering the third period. The Wolverines added a second tally at 5:31 in the third but were unable to break through again, and Eaves secured the victory for BC with an empty-net goal with 20 seconds left.
Boston College 3, Michigan 2 (OT) (March 28, 2004 at Manchester, N.H. -- Second Round) - Ben Eaves scored a brilliant game-winning goal in overtime to lead BC to a 3-2 win over Michigan in the NCAA Northeast Regional. Patrick Eaves, the regional's most valuable player, netted a third-period goal to send the game into overtime before his brother Ben sealed the 3-2 victory at 10:08.
The Last Meeting
Michigan 3, Boston College 2 (Oct. 14, 2005 at Ann Arbor, Mich.) - Chris Collins and Dan Bertram scored one goal each and Cory Schneider recorded 35 saves, but BC fell to Michigan in the season opener. Brian Boyle scored what would have been the equalizer with 27 seconds on the clock, but the goal was disallowed after Peter Harrold was penalized for charging on Wolverine goaltender Billy Sauer. The loss marked BC's first season-opening defeat since 1997.
Against Potential Second-Round Ice Breaker Opponents
RPI: Boston College and RPI have met 33 times in the all-time series. BC holds an 18-14-1 advantage, including a 3-2 home victory in the last meeting between the teams on Jan. 14, 1997.
Minnesota: BC and Minnesota have met 26 times in school history. The Golden Gophers hold a 14-10-2 edge in the series that dates back to the 1953-54 season. BC and Minnesota last met in the championship game of the 2002 Dodge Holiday Classic in Mariucci Arena. Minnesota defeated BC 2-1 in overtime.
The Eagles have 10 players on the 2007-08 roster who have been selected in the National Hockey League Entry Draft, including 2007 first-round draft pick Nick Petrecki (San Jose - 28th overall). In June 2006, defensemen Carl Sneep was selected in the second round (32nd overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Benn Ferriero was selected in the seventh round (196th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes. They are joined by six 2005 draftees: forward Dan Bertram, who was drafted in the second round (54th overall) by Chicago; defenseman Anthony Aiello, a fifth-round pick (129th overall) of the Minnesota Wild; forward Nathan Gerbe, who was selected in the fifth round (142nd overall) by Buffalo; defenseman Tim Kunes, also a fifth-round selection (145th overall) of the Carolina Hurricanes; forward Brock Bradford, a seventh-round pick (217th overall) of the Boston Bruins; and forward Andrew Orpik, a seventh-round draft choice (227th overall) of the Buffalo Sabres. Additionally, defenseman Brian O'Hanley was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the ninth round (267th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.