Men's Hockey Preview: UMass-Lowell, Tues., Nov. 2
Nov. 1, 2010
EAGLES HOST RIVER HAWKS FOR THIRD GAME IN FIVE DAYS: No. 4 Boston College, which split a home-and-home series against Merrimack over the weekend, will play its third game in five days on Tuesday night against UMass-Lowell. The Eagles will host the River Hawks on Tuesday, Nov. 2. It will play its fourth game - league opponent New Hampshire - in eight days on Friday, Nov. 5. Boston College and UMass-Lowell will meet for the first time since Feb. 13, 2010. The teams will conclude the three-game conference series with two games in late January.
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THE POLLS: Boston College dropped two spots - to No. 4 - in both national polls after a two-game series split against Merrimack College over the weekend. The Eagles have lost two of their last three games, suffering their first defeat of the season at No. 17 Notre Dame on Oct. 23, to fall from the nation's top spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls. The Eagles had received the nation's top preseason billing and were the nation's top-ranked team through the opening two weeks of the 2010-11 season before falling to No. 2 in the Oct. 25
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Boston College went 1-2-0 in last winter's three-game season series against UMass-Lowell and was outscored, 8-4. The River Hawks held the Eagle offense to one goal in two home wins - a 3-1 win on Jan. 22 and a 4-1win on Feb. 12. BC earned its lone win on Feb. 13 - a 2-1 home victory in which Crhis Kreider snapped the tie with 13.8 seconds left in the third period.
Boston College enters Tuesday's game against UMass-Lowell ranked among the nation's top five in two defensive categories. The Eagles lead the nation in team defense having allowed just 10 goals in six games (1.67 goals per game allowed) and are ranked fourth in the country on the penalty kill with a 90.0 percent success rate (40-for-44).
Jerry York is the fifth Boston College Eagle - and third coach - to earn the Lester Patrick Trophy, which is awarded annually for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, joining Snooks Kelley, who was honored in 1972, Len Ceglarski (1990), Joe Mullen (1995) and Brian Leetch (2007).
Boston College, which fell at Merrimack on Saturday, Oct. 30, has lost in its last two trips to North Andover, Mass., and is winless in its last three (0-2-1).
Boston College's 2-1 loss at No. 17 Notre Dame marked the team's first defeat of the season, snapping a 15-game unbeaten streak (14-0-1) dating to a 3-2 loss at Northeastern on Feb. 19, 2010.
Notre Dame's decisive goal scored with a two-man advantage at 17:11 of the second period snapped a streak of 26 straight penalties killed this season. It also lifted an opponent to its first lead over BC this season (a span of 217:11).
Boston College has been penalized 51 times in six games, an average of 8.5 penalties per game; the Eagles are 40-for-44 in penalty-killing situations, a mark good for a 90.9 percent kill rate which ranks fourth in the country.
Sophomore goaltender Parker Milner registered 20 saves in the team's 3-0 win over No. 6 Denver on Saturday, Oct. 16 to mark the team's second shutout of the season. It also marked Milner's first collegiate shutout in his first appearance of the 2010-11 season. The Pittsburgh, Pa., product improved to 11-2-1 in 14 career starts.
Senior goaltender John Muse registered 35 saves in the team's 2-0 season-opening victory at Northeastern on Saturday, Oct. 9. The shutout performance marked the ninth of his career. Muse ended the 2009-10 season with a 20-save shutout performance against Wisconsin in Detroit, Mich., on April 10. The 35 saves marked his most saves since a 4-3 loss at Denver on Jan. 2, 2010, a span of 17 games.
Junior defenseman Tommy Cross, who scored in consecutive wins at No. 6 Denver, tallied goals in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
Freshman Kevin Hayes, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward, registered his first collegiate points in the second period of the team's 6-2 win at No. 6 Denver on Friday, Oct. 15. The Dorchester, Mass., resident assisted on Tommy Cross' goal at 9:17, then scored his first career goal at 12:41.
Senior forward Brian Gibbons scored shorthanded goal in a 6-2 win at No. 6 Denver on Friday, Oct. 15. It marked BC's first since defenseman Carl Sneep against Yale in the NCAA Northeast Regional final on March 28, 2010.
For the 10th time in the last 13 seasons, Boston College has been picked as the Hockey East preseason favorite, or co-favorite, by the league's coaches.
Sophomore forward Chris Kreider, who captured a gold medal with the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, made his first appearance with the U.S. Men's National Team in May, traveling to the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany.
Six players - five sophomores and one freshman - participated in the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp from July 30 - Aug. 7 in Lake Placid, N.Y. - defenseman Brian Dumoulin, forward Chris Kreider, defenseman Philip Samuelsson, defenseman Patrick Wey, forward Steven Whitney and freshman forward Kevin Hayes. Kreider was one of nine returnees from the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Junior Team to participate in the camp.
Boston College has 11 players on its roster who have been selected in the NHL Draft. Those players are: Bill Arnold (Calgary/4th/2010), Cam Atkinson (Columbus/6th/2008), Paul Carey (Colorado/5th/2007), Tommy Cross (Boston/2nd/2007), Brian Dumoulin (Carolina/2nd/2009), Jimmy Hayes (Toronto*/2nd/2008), Kevin Hayes (Chicago/1st/2010), Chris Kreider (NY Rangers/1st/2009), Isaac MacLeod (San Jose/5th/2010), Philip Samuelsson (Pittsburgh/2nd/2009) and Patrick Wey (Washington/4th/2009). * Jimmy Hayes was traded to Chicago in July 2010.
Last winter, Boston College scored 171 goals - its highest total since the 2000-01 season and the third-most under York - and ranked second in the nation with a 4.07 goals per game average. Led by junior Cam Atkinson (30 goals) and Brian Gibbons (50 points) and Joe Whitney (45 points), Boston College returns 79 percent (360 of 456 points) of its total offensive production from one season ago.
THE UMASS-LOWELL SERIES: Boston College is 54-33-7 in the 90-game all-time series against UMass-Lowell, including a 37-16-2 (.690 win percentage) record under head coach Jerry York. The senior class is 3-5-1 in nine contests against the River Hawks since their freshman season in 2007-08. Senior goaltender John Muse is 2-5-1 with a 2.72 goals against average and a .901 save percentage in eight career contests. Sophomore goaltender Parker Milner recorded 25 saves in the team's most recent game against UMass-Lowell - a 2-1 home win on Feb. 13, 2010.
THE LAST MEETING (Feb. 13, 2010 at Kelley Rink): Chris Kreider snapped a 1-1 tie with 13.8 seconds left in the third period on a turn-around wrist shot that beat UMass-Lowell goalie Carter Hutton to the short side to lift Boston College to the league win. Brian Gibbons scored his 33rd career goal and his 99th career point at 14:11 of the opening stanza on a power-play tally to lift the Eagles to an early lead. UML forward Scott Campbell netted the equalizer, also on the power play, at 8:11 of the middle period.
LAST TIME OUT: Senior Brian Gibbons registered two points - one goal and one assist - to lead second-ranked Boston College, but host Merrimack twice established two-goal leads in the game and held for a 4-2 Hockey East victory before a sellout crowd of 2,772 fans at Lawler Arena. BC junior forward Cam Atkinson brought the visiting Eagles within one goal - at 3-2 - at 2:48 of the third period but it would only last 6:48 as Merrimack junior Ryan Flanigan regained a two-goal advantage at 9:36 and the Warriors held for the 4-2 victory.
YORK HONORED WITH LESTER PATRICK AWARD: Coach Jerry York was honored as one of four recipients of the 2010 Lester Patrick Trophy at an awards presentation held at TD Garden on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at TD Garden. Joining York as 2010 recipients were Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely, Boston University coach Jack Parker and American Hockey League President David Andrews. The trophy is an annual award presented for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. York is the fifth Boston College Eagle to earn the award, joining John A. "Snooks" Kelley, honored in 1972, Len Ceglarski (1990), Joe Mullen (1995) and Brian Leetch (2007). Leetch was on hand to present York with the trophy.
2010-11 EAGLE AWARDS AND HONORS
John Muse, Sr., G
Jimmy Hayes, Jr., F
Jerry York, Head Coach
THE YORK FILE
RETIRED JERSEY: On April 12, 2010, Boston College recognized former player and current coach Jerry York by retiring his jersey at the 2010 national championship celebration on O'Neill Plaza.
MORE MILESTONES FOR YORK: Jerry York is in his 39th season as a head coach and his 17th season behind the Boston College bench. He is the second winningest coach in NCAA history and the first among active Division I coaches.
EIGHTY-EIGHTH SEASON OF HOCKEY: Boston College is in its 88th season of hockey. The Eagles have compiled 70 winning seasons and a 1339-736-110 all-time record.
THE CAPTAINS: Boston College elected senior forward Joe Whitney as captain of the 2010-11 Eagle entry. Senior forward Brian Gibbons and junior defenseman Tommy Cross were elected as assistant captains.
EAGLES CHOSEN AS 2010-11 LEAGUE FAVORITE: Boston College has been chosen as the unanimous preseason favorite to win the Hockey East Association regular-season title, according to the Hockey East Coaches' Poll. BC earned nine first-place votes and a total of 90 points. Maine was picked second with 80 points, just four points ahead of New Hampshire. Boston University and Northeastern rounded out the top five selections. The announcement marks the 10th time in the last 13 seasons that the Eagles have been selected as the preseason favorite, or co-favorite, to win the conference crown. BC enters the 2010-11 campaign having captured last year's national title - its fourth national championship in program history. Last winter also marked program's third national championship under head coach Jerry York. York and the Eagles return 17 lettermen from last year's 29-win club.
EAGLES RETURN 17 OF 21 LETTERWINNERS: With the loss of four lettermen - defenseman Carl Sneep and forwards Matt Price, Matt Lombardi and Ben Smith - Boston College returns the bulk of its squad in 2010-11. The 24-man roster features 17 returning letterwinners - two goaltenders, six defensemen and nine forwards. The group helped Boston College to a 29-10-3 overall record, including a 16-8-3 mark in Hockey East play, during a season in which the Eagles earned the Beanpot title, the Hockey East Tournament title and the NCAA Championship.
100-POINT SCORERS: Senior forwards Brian Gibbons and Joe Whitney each recorded their 100th career point last season. Gibbons ranks 52nd at Boston College with 119 career points, while Whitney ranks 53rd with 117 career points. Boston College has 72 players who have scored 100 points or more in a career.
SUSTAINED SUCCESS: Boston College has won 25 or more games 10 times in the last 13 seasons. In 2000-01. The Eagles set the school record with 33 victories - in 43 games - en route the school's second national championship.
HOCKEY EAST HISTORY: The Eagles have won four of the last six Hockey East Tournament titles. Overall, BC has posted a 51-23-2 record (.684) in the Hockey East Tournament. Boston College has won nine conference championships, the highest total in Hockey East. BC's league tournament titles came in 1987, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Under head coach Jerry York, Boston College is 42-11-1 (.787) in the Hockey East Tournament. The Eagles have won seven titles - 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 207, 2008, and 2010 - in 10 championship games under York.
A GLANCE BACK AT 2009-10: Boston College finished with a 29-10-3 overall record, including a 16-8-3 mark in Hockey East play. The Eagles earned the Beanpot title, the Hockey East Tournament title and the NCAA Division I championship. As the top seed in the Northeast Regional, BC defeated Alaska in the first round and Yale in the quarterfinals to advance to the Frozen Four in Detroit, Mich., the program's fourth Frozen Four in five years. There, the team defeated Miami 7-1 in the semifinals and earned the school's fourth NCAA title with a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin in the championship game. Junior Brian Gibbons captured All-Conference first-team honors, sophomore Cam Atkinson earned All-Conference second-team accolades and Chris Kreider and Brian Dumoulin earned All-Conference Rookie Team recognition. Atkinson led the nation with 30 goals.
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WHAT'S NEXT: Following Tuesday's home contest against UMass-Lowell, the Eagles will host New Hampshire on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.
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