No. 4 BC, No. 16 UMass Begin Home-And-Home Series Friday At Kelley Rink
Nov. 21, 2008
COLLEGE HOCKEY WEEKEND PREVIEW
Team Records: Boston College - 6-3-1, 4-2-1 Hockey East Association; Massachusetts - 5-3-1, 3-2-1 HEA
Team Rankings: Boston College - No. 4 USCHO.com, No. 4 USA Today; Massachusetts - No. 16 USCHO.com, ARV USA Today
DROP THE PUCK: No. 4/4 Boston College and No. 16 Massachusetts will play the first of a two-game home-and-home series on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at Kelley Rink. The Eagles and Minutemen will conclude the two-game weekend series on Saturday at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. Faceoff for both games is set for 7 p.m.
THE MASSACHUSETTS SERIES: Boston College and Massachusetts are meeting for the 50th time in the all-time series that dates back to 1919 and for the 46th time as Hockey East Association opponents. BC maintains a 37-9-3 advantage in the all-time series and a 34-8-3 edge since the formation of Hockey East in 1994. The Eagles' senior class is 4-4-1 in nine meetings between the teams since the beginning of the 2005-06 season. Last winter, BC and UMass went 1-1-1 in the three-game regular-season series.
At Conte Forum/Kelley Rink: Friday's game will mark the 25th meeting between the teams in Kelley Rink, where the Eagles are 17-5-2 against the Minutemen since the Hockey East Association was formed and are 15-4-2 in regular season action. Friday's game is the first of two regular-season contests between the teams in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Minutemen return to Kelley Rink to conclude the regular-season series on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009.
At The Mullins Center: BC is 17-3-1 against UMass is games played as conference opponents in the Mullins Center. The Eagles defeated the Minutemen 4-1 in their last trip to Amherst, Mass., on Feb. 8 of last winter.
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.
LAST TIME OUT: Freshman Jimmy Hayes recorded a hat trick and senior Brock Bradford totaled two goals to lead Boston College to an 8-6 Hockey East win over New Hampshire before 5,417 fans in Kelley Rink. Boston College trailed 3-0 early in the second period, before rallying for five goals in a 14-minute span to gain a 5-3 lead by the end of the period. Hayes tallied the host Eagles' first goal at 3:57. Classmate Paul Carey narrowed the deficit to 3-2 at 7:48, before Bradford netted the equalizer just 25 seconds later. BC gained a 4-3 lead on sophomore Brian Gibbons' goal at 11:43. Hayes closed the period's scoring with a power-play score at 17:41. BC later received goals from junior Matt Lombardi (2:27) and Bradford (6:58) to claim a 7-4 lead.
THE POLLS: Boston College is ranked fourth in both major national polls released on Monday, Nov. 17. The Eagles received the nation's top preseason billing by USA Today and USCHO.com and have not slipped lower than No. 6 in either weekly ranking.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior captain Brock Bradford registered eight points - five goals and three assists - in two games last weekend and earned national Player of the Week honors from Inside College Hockey.com and weekly league honors from the Hockey East Association. The senior forward netted one power-play goal and four even-strength goals in BC's 1-0-1 week. He scored his first collegiate hat trick and added one assist in a 5-5 tie at Merrimack (11/14) and totaled two goals and two assists in an 8-6 home win over New Hampshire (11/15).
BLISTERING PACE: With back-to-back four-point performances last week, Bradford has recorded 19 points and 12 goals through 10 games. He leads the nation in goals and is tied with Air Force forwards Brent Olson and Jacques Lamoureux for the lead in points. The Burnaby, BC, resident owns a six-game scoring streak during which he has totaled nine goals and 13 points.
FRESHMAN NETS HAT TRICK: Forward Jimmy Hayes registered four points, including his first collegiate hat trick in an 8-6 home win over the Wildcats last Saturday night. The Dorchester, Mass., resident scored BC's first of five unanswered second-period scores early in the frame, assisted on BC's second goal of the middle period, concluded the team's scoring in that period at 17:41 and netted BC's eighth goal of the game into an empty net at 19:16 of the final frame. Hayes is the first BC freshman to net a hat trick since Ned Havern on Dec. 28, 2001 in a 5-1 win over Miami in the first round of the Silverado Shootout in Duluth, Minn.
HAT TRICKS X 2: Brock Bradford (Friday vs. Merrimack) and Jimmy Hayes (Saturday vs. New Hampshire) netted hat tricks in consecutive games, marking the first time since Dec. 1, 2007 that BC has had hat tricks in consecutive games. Nathan Gerbe netted a hat trick against Boston University on Nov. 30 and Ben Smith scored three times against the Terriers the following night.
POWER PLAY: BC has scored 17 power-play goals in 10 games and is converting its chances at a 22.1 percent rate (17-for-77). That mark ranks third among national leaders. BC has scored multiple man-advantage goals in six of its 10 games this season. Last weekend, the Eagles scored four man-advantage tallies in 13 power plays. Individually, sophomore Brian Gibbons is the top power-play producer, having totaled eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in man-advantage situations. Bradford is the team's top goal scorer in power-play situations with five power-play goals in 10 games.
PENALTY KILL: BC has killed 84.3 percent (43-of-51) 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 48.8 percent (346-of-709) of the time through the team's first 10 games. Junior center Ben Smith, who has taken 22.3 percent of BC's faceoffs, has an impressive 58.2 percent (92-for-158) win rate. Freshman center Paul Carey, who has taken 56 faceoffs in eight games, has amassed a 62.5 percent win rate (35-of-56).
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 809-518-85 career record and a 342-183-51 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.
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 10 games in 2008-09, Muse owns a 3.27 goals against average and a .882 save percentage.
UMASS RECOGNIZES ONE OF OUR OWN: Boston College would like to recognize Jack Canniff `54 on his recent induction into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 2008). Canniff, who earned two varsity letters in the 1950s at Boston College, served as head coach at Massachusetts from 1967-79. He guided the Minutemen to 120 career victories during his tenure. A native of Arlington, Mass., Canniff's ties to the Heights extend even further. He served as head coach of former Minuteman forward and current BC Associate Athletics Director Tom Peters, who earned three varsity letters from 1969-71 under Canniff.