No. 5 BC, Merrimack Wrap League Series Friday In North Andover
Nov. 14, 2008
COLLEGE HOCKEY WEEKEND PREVIEW
Team Records: Boston College - 5-3-0, 3-2-0 Hockey East Association; Merrimack - 3-4-1, 1-3-0 HEA
Team Rankings: Boston College - No. 5 USCHO.com, No. 6 USA Today; Merrimack - NR USA Today, NR USCHO.com
Team Records: Boston College - 5-3-0, 3-2-0 Hockey East Association; New Hampshire - 4-2-3, 2-0-2 HEA
Team Rankings: Boston College - No. 5 USCHO.com, No. 6 USA Today; New Hampshire - No. 6 USCHO.com, No. 5 USA Today
DROP THE PUCK: No. 5/6 Boston College will close its three-game regular-season series with Hockey East opponent Merrimack on Friday, Nov. 14, in North Andover, Mass., then host No. 6/5 New Hampshire in the first game of the 2008-09 regular-season series between the Eagles and Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 15. Faceoff for both league games is 7 p.m.
THE MERRIMACK SERIES: Boston College and Merrimack are meeting for the 73rd time in the all-time series that dates back to 1972. The Eagles own a 52-17-3 advantage and are unbeaten in the last 19 games (16-0-3). This season, BC defeated Merrimack on consecutive nights in late October. The Eagles earned a 4-1 home win on Thursday, Oct. 31 and earned a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime victory on Halloween Night. On Nov. 9, 2007, BC skated to a 3-3 home tie with the Warriors, snapping a string of 11 straight BC victories. Merrimack's last victory over Boston College came on Feb. 15, 2003.
- In 11 career meetings against Merrimack, senior alternate captain Benn Ferriero has recorded 16 points and eight goals.
- Senior alternate captain Tim Filangieri scored the first two goals of his collegiate career in a 3-0 home win over Merrimack on Oct. 26, 2005.
- Senior captain Brock Bradford scored three goals in two meetings between the teams last month. The Burnaby, BC resident netted the game-tying goal midway through the third period and scored the overtime gamewinner to lead BC to its most recent victory at Merrimack on Oct. 31.
- Freshman forward Jimmy Hayes scored the first two goals of his collegiate career in leading Boston College to a 4-1 home victory over Merrimack on Thursday, Oct. 30.
THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SERIES: Saturday's game against New Hampshire marks the 125th meeting between the teams in all-time series history. New Hampshire owns a 59-55-10 advantage, including a 3-1-0 record last winter. Boston College prevailed in the most recent meeting between the teams, earning a 5-4 triple-overtime victory over the Wildcats in the semifinals of the 2007 Hockey East Tournament. Benn Ferriero scored 43 seconds into the third overtime as the Eagles rallied from three goals down and eliminated top-seed New Hampshire in the semifinals. The two teams played a total of 100 minutes, 43 seconds in the longest semifinal in the tournament's 24-year history and the 11th longest game in NCAA history.
RADIO BROADCAST INFORMATION: All BC hockey games are streamed live over the internet at bceagles.com and are carried live on WROL 950 AM. Jon Rish (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (color analyst) will call the action. Additionally, BC student radio station WZBC 90.3 FM will carry Saturday's contest against New Hampshire.
LAST TIME OUT: Senior alternate captain Benn Ferriero netted his first goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1 early in the third period before Maine freshman Brian Flynn netted the game-winning goal with 1:36 left to play to lift the Black Bears to a 2-1 Hockey East victory over Boston College before 4,635 fans in Alfond Arena.
THE POLLS: Boston College slipped from No. 2 to No. 5/6 this week in the polls following consecutive losses to Notre Dame and Maine last week. The Eagles are ranked No. 5 by USCHO.com and No. 6 according USA Today in polls released on Monday, Nov. 10.
EIGHT GAMES IN: Sophomore Brian Gibbons (3 goals, 9 assists) leads the team in points with 12 while senior captain Brock Bradford (7 goals, 4 assists) is the team's top goal scorer. Bradford's seven goals are first among all skaters in the league while Gibbons ranks tied for first among all Hockey East players in points.
POWER PLAY: BC has scored 13 power-play goals in eight games and is converting its chances at a 20.3 percent rate (13-for-64). That mark ranks ninth among national leaders. BC has scored multiple man-advantage goals in five of its eight games this season. The Eagles were scoreless in 16 power-play chances over two games last week. Individually, Gibbons is the top power-play producer, having totaled seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in man-advantage situations. Bradford is the team's top goal scorer in power-play situations with four power-play goals in eight games.
PENALTY KILL: BC has killed 88.1 percent (37-of-42) of its opponent power plays. In penalty-killing situations, Bradford and Gibbons have each registered two points - one goal and one assist - while junior Matt Price has also scored a shorthanded goal for BC.
FROM THE FACEOFF DOT: Boston College has averaged a win at the faceoff circle 49.5 percent (272-of-549) of the time through the team's first eight games. Junior center Ben Smith, who has taken 25 percent of BC's faceoffs, has an impressive 58.6 percent (75-for-128) win rate. Freshman center Paul Carey, who has taken 38 faceoffs in the last four games, has amassed a 61.0 percent win rate during this stretch.
COLLEGIATE FIRSTS: Five BC freshmen who have seen regular playing time this season have tallied their first collegiate points, while four first-year forwards have all recorded their first career goals. Cam Atkinson netted his first collegiate goal - the gamewinner - in the team's season-opening win over Wisconsin (Oct. 10) while Barry Almeida scored his first collegiate goal in his second game - a 4-3 loss at Northeastern (Oct. 18). Paul Carey recorded his first goal in the team's 3-2 home win over Vermont (Oct. 24) while Jimmy Hayes scored two first-period goals - the first goals of his career - in leading BC to a 4-1 home win over Merrimack (Oct. 30). Additionally, defenseman Tommy Cross registered his first career point - an assist - on classmate Paul Carey's first career goal against Vermont (Oct. 24).
ON THE OFFENSIVE: Sophomore defenseman Nick Petrecki and junior defenseman Carl Sneep both registered multiple-assist efforts against Merrimack on Thursday, Oct. 30. Petrecki and Sneep assisted on each of freshman forward Jimmy Hayes' two goals. It marked the second multiple-point effort of Petrecki's career as the Clifton Park, N.Y., resident scored twice, including the overtime gamewinner, in a 6-5 victory over Harvard in the 2008 Beanpot championship game. For Carl Sneep, who recorded his second multiple-assist effort of the season against the Warriors, it marked the third career multiple-point performance. Sneep also recorded two points in the team's 6-0 win over RIT on Dec. 30, 2007 in Minneapolis and two points - one goal and one assist - in BC's 5-3 home win over Bowling Green (Oct. 17, 2008).
THE COACH: Jerry York is in his 37th season as a head coach and his 15th season at Boston College. He is the second winningest coach in NCAA history and first among active Division I coaches. He has an 808-518-84 career record and a 341-183-50 mark as coach of the Eagles. York is a 1967 graduate of Boston College where he was a three-year letterman and earned All-America and All-New England first-team honors in 1966-67.
POSTSEASON SUCCESS: In NCAA Tournament competition, York is the winningest coach of all time, having guided his teams to 29 victories - five as head coach at Bowling Green State University and 24 at BC.
ONE OF ONLY TWO: On March 29, 2008, York captured his 800th career victory as Boston College defeated Minnesota, 5-2, in the NCAA Tournament's Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass. He joins Ron Mason (924) as the only two coaches in college hockey to earn 800 (or more) career wins.
ELEVEN AMAZING YEARS: In the last 11 seasons, he has guided the Eagles to eight Frozen Four appearances, four Hockey East regular-season trophies, six Hockey East Tournament titles and two national championships - 2001 and 2008.
GREAT COACHES, GREAT PLAYERS: Individually, York has guided 33 players to All-America first-team honors, including 2000 Hobey Baker Award winner Mike Mottau and 2008 USA Hockey College Player of the Year Nathan Gerbe.
THE SENIORS: BC's Class of 2009 is comprised of seven seniors - F Brock Bradford, F Benn Ferriero, D Tim Filangieri, D Anthony Aiello, D Tim Kunes, F Kyle Kucharski and F Andrew Orpik. It has captured two Hockey East Tournament titles, advanced to all three Frozen Fours and earned the 2008 national title. The class enters Friday's game against Merrimack with a combined record of 85-39-12.
THE GOALIE: Boston College's goaltending duties are in the firm grasp of sophomore John Muse. Muse played in all 2,725 minutes in net during the team's 44-game 2007-08 campaign. He led all goaltenders in the nation in that category and totaled a BC single-season record 1,171 saves. Through eight games in 2008-09, Muse owns a 2.75 goals against average and a .895 save percentage.
EAGLES CHOSEN AS HOCKEY EAST PRESEASON FAVORITE: For the eighth time in the past 11 years, Boston College was chosen as the preseason favorite to win the league's regular-season title, according to the Hockey East Coaches' Poll released at the annual media day held on Sept. 29. BC earned six first-place votes and a total of 86 points. Boston University was picked second with 80 points, just two points ahead of the league's defending regular-season champion New Hampshire.
THE ROSTER, BY POSITION: Forwards (14): Barry Almeida, Cam Atkinson, Tommy Atkinson, Brock Bradford, Paul Carey, Benn Ferriero, Brian Gibbons, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Kucharski, Matt Lombardi, Andrew Orpik, Matt Price, Ben Smith, and Joe Whitney. Defensemen (8): Anthony Aiello, Tommy Cross, Tim Filangieri, Tim Kunes, Malcolm Lyles, Nick Petrecki, Carl Sneep and Edwin Shea. Goalies (3): Alex Kremer, John Muse and Chris Venti.
FOUR PLAYERS RECEIVE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA DISTINCTION: Defenseman Nick Petrecki and forward Joe Whitney each received preseason All-America first-team honors, the online publication Inside College Hockey has posted. In addition to Petrecki and Whitney, sophomore goaltender John Muse and junior forward Ben Smith earned preseason All-America third-team recognition. Additionally, Smith, who registered 50 points on 25 goals and 25 assists last winter, captured College Hockey News preseason All-America first-team honors.