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Men's Hockey Preview: No. 10 New Hampshire




Nov. 4, 2010

Game #8
No. 4 Boston College (5-2-0, 3-1-0 Hockey East) vs. No. 10 New Hampshire (2-1-2, 0-0-1 HE)
Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 - 7 p.m. EST
Conte Forum/Kelley Rink (7,884) - Chestnut Hill, Mass.

EAGLES HOST WILDCATS FRIDAY: No. 4 Boston College, which earned a 5-2 Hockey East home win over UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, Nov. 2, will play its fourth game in eight days on Friday, Nov. 5 against No. 10 New Hampshire. Boston College and New Hampshire will meet for the first time since March 6, 2010, a 3-2 BC victory in Kelley Rink. The teams will conclude the three-game league series with a home-and-home weekend series in early March.

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INTERNET VIDEO: Friday's home game and all future Boston College home hockey games - excluding sel>ect TV games - will be video streamed and available on a pay-per-view basis through www.bceagles.com.

LAST TIME OUT (Nov. 2, 2010 at Kelley Rink): Junior Cam Atkinson and sophomore Chris Kreider each netted two goals to lead fourth-ranked Boston College to a 5-2 Hockey East win over UMass-Lowell before 3,322 fans in Kelley Rink. The host Eagles led 2-0 after one period and 4-2 after two periods, before Kreider added an empty-net goal in the final minute of play. Kreider opened the scoring at 10:08 and Atkinson doubled the BC advantage at 19:47. Senior John Muse made 15 stops to earn his 66th career victory, tying Matti Kaltiainen (2001-05) and Cory Schneider (2004-07) for second place on the school's list. UMass-Lowell freshman Marc Boulanger recorded 25 saves in 56:59.

QUICK HITS

Ben Smith, assistant captain of the 2009-10 Boston College hockey entry and Most Outstanding Player at the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit, Mich., made his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 29, 2010. Smith is the 15th former Eagle to have played in the NHL this season, joining regulars Andrew Alberts (Vancouver), Brian Boyle (NY Rangers), Scott Clemmensen (Florida), Patrick Eaves (Detroit), Nathan Gerbe (Buffalo), Brian Gionta (Montreal), Peter Harrold (Los Angeles), Chuck Kobasew (Minnesota), Mike Mottau (NY Islanders), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh), Marty Reasoner (Florida), Cory Schneider (Vancouver), Rob Scuderi (Los Angeles) and Ryan Shannon (Ottawa).

• Senior John Muse made 15 stops in the team's 5-2 home win over UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 to earn his 66th career victory, tying Matti Kaltiainen (2001-05) and Cory Schneider (2004-07) for second place on the school's list.

• During the last 13 games of the 2009-10 season, Boston College went 12-0-1 and trailed an opponent for just 55 seconds during the stretch. Those 55 seconds occurred in the 19th minute of the second period of the last meeting between BC and New Hampshire on March 6 in Kelley Rink. The lone tie occurred the previous night against the Wildcats in Durham, N.H.

• Boston College enters Friday's game against New Hampshire ranked among the nation's top five in two defensive categories. The Eagles lead the nation in team defense having allowed just 12 goals in seven games (1.71 goals per game allowed) and are ranked fifth in the country on the penalty kill with a 90.4 percent success rate (47-for-52).

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'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 to open the 2010-11 season. It also lifted an opponent to its first lead over BC this season (a span of 217:11).

• Boston College has been penalized 57 times in seven games, an average of 8.4 penalties per game.

• 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 forward Jimmy Hayes' shorthanded goal against UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, Nov. 2 marked the team's second of the season and Hayes' second of his career. The Dorchester, Mass., resident last scored while skating shorthanded in a 5-3 win at New Hampshire in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Hockey East Tournament. Senior forward Brian Gibbons scored BC's other shorthanded goal this season in a 6-2 win at No. 6 Denver on Friday, Oct. 15.

• 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.

• Cam and Tommy Atkinson, Joe and Steven Whitney, and Jimmy and Kevin Hayes are the 13th, 14th and 15th pairs of brothers to play hockey on the same team at Boston College.

• 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 NEW HAMPSHIRE SERIES: Boston College is 59-61-12 (.492 win percentage) in the 132-game all-time series against New Hampshire, including a 20-27-9 record (.438 win percentage) under head coach Jerry York. Boston College went 1-0-2 against the Wildcats last winter and is unbeaten in the last five match-ups (3-0-2) between the two teams. The Eagles last lost to New Hampshire, 4-2, on Feb. 29, 2009 inside Conte Forum. The senior class is 5-5-2 in 12 meetings since their freshman season in 2007-08, including a 2-2-0 mark inside Conte Forum, a 2-3-2 record in the Whittemore Center and a 1-0-0 mark on neutral ice. The Eagle seniors are 2-5-2 in nine regular-season meetings and 3-0-0 in league tournament play.

THE LAST NEW HAMPSHRIE MEETING (Feb. 13, 2010 at Kelley Rink): Brian Dumoulin tied the score at 2-2 on his first collegiate goal with 3.2 seconds left in the second period and Paul Carey broke the tie at 2:44 of the final frame as Boston College defeated New Hampshire, 3-2. The Eagles closed the regular-season with a league-high 16 wins in conference (16-8-3), but finished just one point shy of regular-season champion New Hampshire. Patch Alber tallied his first collegiate point in the victory.

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. Since then, the Eagles earned a 5-2 league victory over UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The Eagles suffered 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 polls.

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
• Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 11)

Jimmy Hayes, Jr., F
• Hockey East Player of the Week (Oct. 18)

Jerry York, Head Coach
• 2010 Lester Patrick Trophy Recipient

THE YORK FILE Record: 855-541-92 (.605 win percentage)
Years: 39
Record at BC: 388-206-58 (.639 win percentage)
Years at BC: 17

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 1340-736-110 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 51st at Boston College with 120 career points, while Whitney ranks 53rd with 119 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.

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REAL-TIME STATS: Live in-game updates will be provide by Gametracker and available through Boston College's official athletics web site www.bceagles.com

WHAT'S NEXT: Following Friday's home contest against New Hampshire, Boston College will travel to Burlington, Vt., for a two-game series against Vermont on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13.

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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