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Late goal keeps BC coach York from wins record

Friday, 12.07.2012 / 9:46 PM
NHL.com Staff

Jerry York will have to wait to make history.

The Boston College coach was 11 seconds away from setting the NCAA record for wins before Providence College tied their game Friday night. It ended 3-3, and York remains tied at 924 victories with longtime Michigan State coach Ron Mason atop the all-time list.

Boston College led 2-0 after two periods, despite being outshot 28-12. The teams then alternated goals in the first 2:08 of the third before the Friars scored at 19:49 to force overtime.

"I thought it was real tenacious play by Providence College tonight. I thought they won a lot more puck battles over the course of the game," York said, according to the Boston Herald. "We had some good chances in the overtime and that’s hard to do after giving up the (tying) goal."

Boston College does not play again until Dec. 29 against Alabama-Huntsville at the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.

York, who played at BC and graduated in 1967, began his coaching career at Clarkson, earning his first victory on Nov. 10, 1972 -- at age 26, he was the youngest coach in Division I. He moved on to Bowling Green, where he won an NCAA title in 1984, before returning to his alma mater 10 years later.

"I learned a lot at Clarkson," York told NHL.com in a 2011 interview. "It was good for me to get out of the city for a while, to go to upstate New York and then to the Midwest. It broadened my perspective of hockey. When I got back to BC I was much more prepared."

Since taking over at BC in 1994, he's posted a record of 457-224-61 in 19 seasons, leading the Eagles to 15 NCAA tournament appearances, 13 trips to the Frozen Four, eight national title games and four NCAA championships -- including one in April in Tampa.

His overall record is 924-559-95.

"Sometimes it seems like yesterday and sometimes it seems like a long time ago," he said this week. "When I was at Clarkson I wasn't sure how long I would be coaching. My father-in-law kept saying, 'When are you going to get a real job, Jerry? My daughter's accustomed to living a good life here.'

"But that's what I was thinking back then. Wins were secondary. It was just years. Would I still be coaching 40 years from that point, I probably would have said no way."

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