|BC hockey coach Jerry York to miss key weekend series vs. UNH after eye surgery||01.11.13 at 1:36 pm ET|
Boston College hockey coach Jerry York will miss the team’s weekend series against New Hampshire after having outpatient eye surgery to repair a detached retina, the school announced Thursday.
The second-ranked Eagles host No. 4 UNH on Friday night and then visit the Wildcats on Saturday night.
Associate head coaches Mike Cavanaugh and Greg Brown will lead the team in York’s absence.
|BC hockey coach Jerry York to fans: ‘Please don’t curse’||10.25.12 at 11:58 am ET|
Boston College hockey coach Jerry York wrote a letter to the team’s fans through the school newspaper, The Heights. In the letter, York implored the students to continue their support but provide it in a classy manner.
The Eagles won their home opener on Saturday, 3-0 over Northeastern, on a night when they unveiled their 2012 national championship banner. The game was a sellout, with 7,884 fans on hand.
In his letter, York thanked the students for their support and noted that the team feeds off their energy.
I write to challenge each of you. BC is a special place. As BC students you have amazing minds and great talents. When you support our team, I ask that you put your talents to work. Think creatively when joining together in unison to cheer on the Eagles. Think creatively when coming up with new chants and cheers. Continue to make things interesting for your fellow fans and inspiring for our team.
When doing so, we only ask that you use sound judgment in language. Please don’t curse. We travel to other arenas and hear things I never want to hear. Our hockey program belongs to BC. It belongs to the students, alums young and old, and fans alike. Game day at BC is where we join together in pride. It should be enjoyable for everyone.
BC, ranked third nationally, is 2-1 heading into Friday’s night game at UMass-Lowell. The Eagles host the River Hawks the following afternoon.
|BC hockey ready for Frozen Four championship||04.07.12 at 7:51 am ET|
With four national championships in the last 12 seasons, the Boston College men’s hockey program has been perhaps the most dominant in college hockey in the new millennium, and the Eagles will look to add another trophy to their ever-expanding case as they take on Ferris State in the Frozen Four championship Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
This year marks BC’s 23rd Frozen Four appearance in program history and its 10th in the last 15 seasons. Not only has the Eagles’ run under the guidance of coach Jerry York been dominant, but BC’s run to the national title game has been a continuation of what has been yet another banner season.
The Eagles (32-10-1) captured both the Hockey East regular season championship and the conference tournament, all while securing the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament in the process. In the tournament’s first two rounds, BC waltzed its way to the Frozen Four with a combination of a Chris Kreider-led offense and a stifling defense that shut its opponents out entirely. In their wins over Air Force and defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth, the Eagles didn’t surrender a single goal, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 6-0.
Though they did let up their first goal of the tournament, perhaps the Eagles’ most impressive win came Thursday with a 6-1 rout of a talented Minnesota squad that had previously outscored its NCAA tournament opponents by a 12-5 margin. The win was BC’s 18th in a row and like it has been for much of that streak, goaltender Parker Milner was a prominent reason why the Eagles found themselves on the winning end against the Golden Gophers.
“It’s just like he’s climbing up the steps,” York told Scott McLaughlin of College Hockey News. “Every game, he gets better and better. It’s remarkable to watch. [Scott] Clemmensen and [John] Muse and [Cory] Schneider, they were always good.
“They never really had a stretch where, ‘Do we have a goalie here?’ or ‘How good’s the goalie?’ We always knew we had a goaltender with them. Parker was really struggling to play at our level. Then all of a sudden, he made all these strides. He’s just improved each week.”
In order to capture the national championship, BC will have to get through a tough Ferris State team on a streak of its own. The Bulldogs (16-7-5), the CCHA champions, have lost just three games since New Year’s Eve. While its run to the Frozen Four championship hasn’t been nearly as dominant as BC’s (Ferris State won its first two NCAA tournament games 2-1 before beating Union 3-1 in the semifinals), Ferris State has not been any less impressive, particularly in the win over a higher-seeded Union team.
Even with a stiff challenge and the grand stakes that await them, the Eagles are just focused on continuing their run, one that they hope ends with the program’s fifth national championship.
“It’s [doing] the little things,” BC captain Tommy Cross said to ESPN about the Eagles’ formula for success. “It’s doing the simple play over and over again. Earlier in the year we were trying to win the game in one shift, and that’s not how it works. Ten good shifts in a row is better than one great shift and one bad shift. So that’s our focus.”
|BC, BU primed for another Beanpot showdown||02.13.12 at 2:21 pm ET|
In the grand scheme of a college hockey season, the Beanpot means very little — it doesn’t improve a team’s place in the conference standings and it doesn’t ensure a good seed or even a berth in the NCAA tournament. But good luck trying to tell that to players on the Boston College or Boston University teams, as the game presents another layer of intensity to a rivalry that can seemingly not have much more venom.
The Eagles and Terriers, who combined have won three of the last four national championships, will look to add to the rich history of the Beanpot and their rivalry Monday night as they take the ice at TD Garden in the Beanpot championship. The game will mark the 41st time the schools have faced off in the Beanpot and the 21st time they have met in the Beanpot title game. In those championships matchups, BU holds a 12-8 edge.
While the Terriers have the overwhelming advantage in all-time Beanpot titles with 29, they have not won the four-team exhibition tournament since 2009, their longest drought since 1994. To add insult to injury, the team primarily responsible for BU’s drought has been the Terriers’ most bitter rival. BC beat BU 4-3 in the 2010 championship game and eliminated BU in the 2011 semifinals.
The Terriers, ranked No. 2 in this week’s USCHO.com college hockey poll, know that they cannot be considered a great team unless they can win a tournament sometimes referred to as the “BU Invitational.”
“You judge a team at the end of the year by what they’ve accomplished and by what they’ve won,” BU coach Jack Parker told the school’s student newspaper, The Daily Free Press. “BU teams aren’t real good teams unless they win some championships. You could be No. 1 in the nation or the No. 1 seed in your league. You can get to the Beanpot final.
“You can do all those things that make you look like you’re about to win a championship, but if you don’t win something, it’s just an OK year no matter what the record is. This team will be judged on what happens from now until March and April. We’ll see who is going to get a chance to win championships in March and April. This is the first one that is available.”
As should come to be expected from two schools that have combined to win nine national championships, BU and BC enter the game ranked among the top teams in the country this season, as the Terriers are ranked No. 2 by USCHO and the PairWise rankings, and the Eagles are slotted third by USCHO and are tied for fourth in the PairWise rankings.
|BC hockey to face off against Northeastern at Fenway Park||11.03.11 at 12:05 pm ET|
The Boston College hockey team will play in its second game at Fenway Park in three years when they face off against Northeastern University on Jan. 14 as a part of Sun Life Frozen Fenway 2012, the City of Boston, Hockey East Association, Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management announced Thursday. BC was originally scheduled to play Northeastern at Conte Forum that day.
The game will take place a week after the first day of Frozen Fenway 2012, when the University of Massachusetts will play the University of Vermont followed by a game between the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire in a doubleheader at Fenway.
“After the January 7th hockey doubleheader at Fenway Park sold out in less than a week, we wanted to offer hockey fans another opportunity to watch an outdoor game at the ballpark this winter,” said Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, in a press release.
The Eagles last played at Fenway on Jan. 8, 2010, when they lost to Boston University, 3-2, in front of 38,472 fans, likely the largest crowd any of the players had ever played in front of. In contrast, Conte Forum can hold 7,884 fans for hockey games. BC also appeared at Fenway in April of 2010 when the team threw out the first pitch before a Red Sox/Orioles game after being honored for winning the 2010 NCAA national championship, their second in three years.
|BC hockey OK with heading west, ready to defend national title||03.25.11 at 8:03 am ET|
Making the NCAA tournament is nothing new for the Boston College Eagles — they’ve reached the big dance in 12 of the last 14 seasons. This year will be a little bit different for the Eagles, though, because they’ll be playing in a West Regional in the first round for the first time in 11 years.
Due to NCAA rules regarding host schools and intra-conference matchups in the first round, there was no other option but to send BC west. The Eagles, a No. 1 seed, couldn’t go to Bridgeport, Conn., because Yale was already there as the top seed. And they couldn’t go to Manchester, N.H., because that would’ve resulted in a first-round game against host school and fellow Hockey East member New Hampshire.
So instead, BC will be playing fourth-seeded Colorado College at Scottrade Center in St. Louis at 9 p.m. Friday night.
It would be easy for a 1 seed to complain about being forced to fly for the first round, but Eagles coach Jerry York isn’t doing that.
“It’s just part of the tournament,” York said during a media conference call Tuesday. “We all understand how it works. A number of years ago, none of the regionals were drawing very well. It took host schools to step up and say, ‘Listen, we’ll take the burden of this, we’ll host the tournament.’ … It’s been a very positive thing for us, and we understand that. I don’t mind getting on a plane and flying to St. Louis and playing a lot of different teams. That’s not a problem with me.”
It shouldn’t be a problem with his players, either. York began preparing his team for a trip like this way back in October when the Eagles played a pair of NCAA tournament teams on the road. They swept a two-game series at Denver in mid-October and then played at Notre Dame the following weekend, although they lost that contest.
“I think during the season, if I could use a golf analogy I was thinking about this morning, we played difficult courses,” York said. “We try to do that. We got out to play two of the NCAA participants now with two games at Denver and we played a game at Notre Dame. We try to make the course as difficult as we can during the year. And now you get to nationals and they tell you, ‘All right, Jerry, move back to the back, back tees.’ And you play a little more difficult schedule here. We anticipate that.”
As they do seemingly every year, the Eagles are hitting their stride when it matters most. They enter the NCAAs on an eight-game winning streak, most recently beating Merrimack 5-3 in the Hockey East championship game to win their second straight conference title and fifth in the last seven years. Read the rest of this entry »
|Beanpot spotlight: Cam Atkinson ready to lead BC on another postseason run||02.14.11 at 8:13 am ET|
Boston College’s Cam Atkinson led the country in goals last season and is within striking distance of that title again this year as he leads the Eagles into Monday night’s Beanpot championship game against Northeastern. But six years ago, it appeared that he would never get the chance to achieve those feats.
A week before tryouts during his freshman year at Avon Old Farms in Connecticut, Atkinson broke his leg and was told he would probably never play hockey again.
“That was a pretty down time in my career,” Atkinson said. “Basically, the doctor came in and told me, ‘There goes your career.’ That was the only time I actually started crying.”
But Atkinson, a native of Greenwich, Conn., refused to let his career end that day. As soon as he could get back on his feet, he started training and working up the strength in his leg again. He said he did physical therapy twice a day and never even thought about giving up.
By the middle of his sophomore year, several Division 1 schools were beginning to recruit Atkinson. The following summer, he was selected to play for the U.S. Under-18 Team that won the silver medal in the 2006 U-18 Junior World Cup in the Czech Republic.
After the tournament, teammate Jimmy Hayes, who had already committed to BC, told Atkinson that the Eagles were interested in him. Atkinson said he didn’t believe Hayes at first, but a couple of days later he got a phone call asking him to visit BC. Atkinson, who called BC his “dream school,” committed on the spot during his visit.
“It was a no-brainer for me because I knew in my heart that I wanted to go to BC,” Atkinson said. “So I was just waiting for them to call. Once they did, it was a pretty easy decision.” Read the rest of this entry »
|BC hockey ranked No. 1 in preseason poll||09.29.10 at 8:18 am ET|
Coming off its 2010 NCAA championship, the Boston College hockey team earned the No. 1 spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason poll released this week. Coach Jerry York‘s Eagles had 28 of the 34 first-place votes and amassed 504 points. They sit 42 points ahead of North Dakota, which is followed by Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Yale. Other New England teams in the top 15 include Maine (7), New Hampshire (8) and Boston University (14).
BC opens the season Oct. 9 at Northeastern. The Eagles will raise their 2010 championship banner on Oct. 29 before their home opener against Merrimack.
|Beanpot: BC blasts Harvard||02.01.10 at 7:53 pm ET|
Boston College advanced to its 30th Beanpot championship game with a 6-0 win over Harvard on Monday night at TD Garden. The Eagles had six different goal scorers and netted three power play goals in 11 chances on the night in what turned into a chippy game.
The Eagles (14-8-2) will play Boston University, a 2-1 winner over Northeastern, next Monday in the 58th championship game. John Muse turned away all 33 shots on goal for the shutout.
Boston College coach Jerry York is advancing to his 11th Beanpot championship game as coach of the Eagles. Afterward, he gave credit to his senior class and John Muse.
Seniors Ben Smith, Matt Price and Carl Sneep all scored and forward Matt Lombardi played a solid checking game that helped the Eagles pitch the shutout.
“I thought our senior class was outstanding,” York said. “Four of our 21 guys dressed tonight, those four really jumped out to me how well they played. Smitty got the first goal for us. Matt Price got a huge goal, the early 4-on-4 goal to make it 2-0. I thought Carl Sneep, he got a late goal, but he played a real strong, solid game. And Matt Lombardi is just a really good physical force for us.
“It was evident to me watching us play that these four seniors were really instrumental in the thinking that we want to win a Beanpot, we want to get to that championship game and give ourselves a chance.”
Junior John Muse, who was the MVP when BC last captured the Beanpot in 2008, recorded his first shutout of the season. Last year, he was beaten, 6-1, by Northeastern in the opening round of the Beanpot. He said redemption wasn’t on his mind.
“Last year’s game was last year’s game,” Muse said. “I think had a plenty of confidence coming in. I think I’ve been playing pretty well lately. I wasn’t looking for a shutout, I was looking for a win. Luckily, we scored a lot of goals. That always helps.”
“I thought Johnny Muse was very good in goal,” York added. “He made some good saves down around the net area, loose puck situations is an area he’s tried to get better at. I thought he battled a lot better tonight in loose puck situations.
“We feel really excited as a team and a staff to play for the Beanpot next Monday.”
Harvard coach Ted Donato gave credit to the Eagles afterward but said his Crimson, who fell to 5-12-3, didn’t give themselves a chance to compete by taking so many penalties.
[Click here to hear Donato's postgame comments]