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No. 1 Quinnipiac seeks long run in NCAA tournament

Friday, 03.15.2013 / 9:00 AM / On Campus

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

On Nov. 6, in Quinnipiac's most frustrating contest in a young NCAA hockey season, it lost at home, 2-1 to American International, despite outshooting its opponent 40-17.

The loss dropped Quinnipiac to 3-4-1.

This wasn't supposed to happen to a motivated Bobcats team with 11 seniors on the roster. The rest of college hockey may not have shared coach Rand Pecknold's expectations, but entering his 19th season in Hamden, Conn., he had lofty goals for a program that hadn't moved beyond the ECAC tournament quarterfinals since 2007.

"I think for that first month of October, guys hadn't really been buying into our system and buying into being selfless. We had a lot of selfish play," Pecknold said. "We just came in as a coaching staff and said, 'We know we weren't very good last night, but let's move on. We've been good at having a short memory; this is what we need to do to be successful.'"

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Boston College coach York sets NCAA wins record

Saturday, 12.29.2012 / 8:42 PM / On Campus

NHL.com

Jerry York's place among the greatest coaches in college hockey history has long since been sealed, but there are now no others who have experienced more success.

Boston College defeated Alabama-Huntsville 5-2 on Saturday night in the opening round of the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, and the win is No. 925 in York's storied career. It pushes him past Ron Mason for the most in NCAA hockey history, after York had tied the former Lake Superior State, Bowling Green and Michigan State coach in Boston College's 5-2 win Dec. 1 against rival Boston University. York's team had played only one game in the previous 28 days -- a 3-3 tie at Providence on Dec. 7.

York began his coaching career at Clarkson in 1972-73 before moving to Bowling Green and replacing Mason in 1979-80. He won four conference titles with the Falcons, and his first of five national titles in 1984, before joining Boston College for the 1994-95 season.

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Alumni rally to revive Bowling Green hockey program

Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 10:30 PM / On Campus

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

When Boston College coach Jerry York breaks the tie with Michigan State's Ron Mason atop college hockey's all-time wins list, it will be a special moment. But the record won't be the only thing linking the two legends.

York replaced Mason as head coach at Bowling Green State University in 1979, eventually leading the school in northwestern Ohio to the 1984 NCAA hockey title.

That coaching legacy is just part of a BGSU hockey history that includes 12 Olympians, 18 All-Americans, two Hobey Baker winners, and four Stanley Cup champions, including Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and former Norris Trophy winner Rob Blake (Colorado Avalanche).

So when the program fell on hard times, the people who helped establish that legacy came back to help.

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Late goal keeps BC coach York from wins record

Friday, 12.07.2012 / 4:10 PM / On Campus

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. 

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

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Boston College coach York ties record for wins

Saturday, 12.01.2012 / 10:02 PM / On Campus

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Two years after becoming coach at Boston College, Jerry York attended a university function at Fenway Park's 400 Club.

More than a decade past winning the 1984 NCAA title with Bowling Green, he was rebuilding a program in the midst of six straight losing seasons that had gone almost half a century since its last national championship. Rival Boston University, on the other hand, had recently won a historic fourth national title.

So when the Boston Bruins were considering giving their vacant head coaching job to BU boss Jack Parker, a BC alum asked York if he was eager to see Parker leave college hockey.

"Jerry, in a very respectful way said, 'No, I want him to stay. I want to see if we can measure up to BU,'" said Mike Cavanaugh, York's assistant coach at BC since 1995. "At the time, they were the program to emulate. And they happened to be our rival."

So it seemed all too appropriate that, roughly 15 years since that Fenway function, York made hockey history against Parker and Boston University.

A 5-2 BC victory over BU on Saturday night gave York 924 career wins, tying Ron Mason's all-time collegiate record.

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Pegula's vision for Penn State comes into focus

Friday, 10.12.2012 / 9:00 AM / On Campus

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

One night in the fall of 2005, Penn State alumnus Terry Pegula reached out to Joe Battista, the longtime coach of the university's club-level men's hockey team.

Pegula was eager to know what was preventing his alma mater -- a seven-time national champion at the club level -- from competing at the NCAA Division I level.

Battista had fielded this question too many times. Since arriving on campus as a student in 1978, the former team captain and passionate advocate of the "Penn State Icers" program had seen more than a dozen formal proposals fail to get the wheels in motion on a new arena project.

The generosity of Buffalo Sabres' owner Terry Pegula has forever changed hockey for the Nittany Lions, who are competing at the Division I level this season. (Photo: Penn State Athletic Communications)

"I explained to [Pegula] that we don't have a facility, we don't have the budget, there were Title IX issues and it would take a significant amount of money," Battista told NHL.com. "[Pegula] said, 'Look, I'm in town. I want to meet you for dinner.'"

Seven years later, as Penn State opens its inaugural Division I men's ice hockey season Friday against American International at 32-year-old Greenberg Ice Pavilion, Battista could not be more thankful he accepted that unexpected dinner invitation.

Pegula's generosity has forever changed hockey at Penn State.

"Terry asked me [that night], 'What's it going to cost to make this happen?' I said we have to build a building, finance the scholarships -- minimum $50 million," Battista told NHL.com. "I figured that would end the conversation. He paused, rubbed his chin and said, 'I think I can do that.' I just about fell out of my chair."

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Penn State kicks off inaugural D-I season

Friday, 10.12.2012 / 9:00 AM / On Campus

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

On Sept. 17, 2010, Terry Pegula helped make college hockey history. The Buffalo Sabres’ owner joined a press conference at his alma mater to announce his $88 million donation to Penn State, building the school a new ice arena and creating the 59th Division I men's ice hockey program.

From there, the figurative ball began to roll and the buzz began to grow.

On April 24, 2011, the school named Guy Gadowsky, who coached Princeton to two NCAA tournament appearances, the team's first coach. He wasted no time in getting his first Nittany Lions team together, getting to pick from one of the nation's top club teams on his own campus.

The Penn State men's hockey team opened its inaugural D-I season Friday with a 3-2 overtime loss to American International. The teams squared off again Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, where PSU earned a 4-3 overtime win -- its first of the season. (Photo: Penn State Athletic Communications)

In early September, Gadowsky named his first recruiting class, five sophomore transfers who will be the de facto team leaders for the new coach.

Former Mercyhurt forward Taylor Holstrom was the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year in 2011, and fellow ex-Laker Nate Jensen's father, David, played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1984 before playing with the Minnesota North Stars.

"It's huge for us to have those five individuals with Division I experience," Gadowsky said. "[Holstrom], along with the other four guys, are going to be extremely important in helping our program make the transition from club hockey to Division I."

In their final season as a club team, Kirchhevel (57 points) and Holstrom (40 points) ranked among the national scoring leaders as Penn State went 30-3-0 en route to a top seed in the postseason tournament before losing in the semifinals.

Their success left a big impression on the coach.

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Hockey East to add UConn men for 2014-15

Thursday, 06.21.2012 / 6:29 PM / On Campus

NHL.com

Hockey East added another member on Thursday when the University of Connecticut's men's team accepted an invitation to join for the 2014-15 season.

Connecticut’s membership increases the conference to 12 teams for 2014-15; the 10 current teams -- Boston College, Boston University, Maine, Merrimack, UMass-Lowell, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Providence and Vermont -- will be joined by Notre Dame in 2013-14.

The Huskies men's team will continue to compete in the Atlantic Hockey Conference for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons before making the move. UConn's women's team is already part of Hockey East's eight-member women's league.

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Ferris State's Daniels named Coach of the Year

Thursday, 04.12.2012 / 5:11 PM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

Ferris State coach Bob Daniels has been named the 2012 Spencer Penrose Award as Division I Men's Ice Hockey flexxCOACH/AHCA National Coach of the Year.

Daniels led the Bulldogs to a first-ever Frozen Four appearance last weekend, downing Union 3-1 in the semifinal before losing 4-1 to Boston College in the championship game.

This marks Daniels' second Penrose Award in his 20-year career; his peers honored him in 2003, following the school's only other NCAA Tournament appearance. The award will be presented April 28 during the American Hockey Coaches Association annual convention in Naples, Fla.

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NCAA team, individual honors from Frozen Four

Wednesday, 04.11.2012 / 12:19 PM / On Campus

NHL.com's Top 10

1. Boston College 33-10-1
2. Ferris State 26-12-5
3. Union 26-8-7
4. Minnesota 28-14-1
5. North Dakota 26-13-3
6. Minnesota-Duluth 25-10-6
7. Michigan 24-13-4
8. Miami 24-15-2
9. Mass.-Lowell 24-13-1
10. Cornell 19-9-7

Fans trekked from Miami to Maine, New Orleans to North Dakota for Saturday night's NCAA championship game that saw Boston College defeat Ferris State University 4-1 to claim the title.

Here are some of the notable team and individual honors to come out of Frozen Four weekend:

The Frozen Four All-Tournament Team:

BC Forwards Steven Whitney (Reading, Mass.) and Paul Carey (Weymouth, Mass.), Ferris State forward Kyle Bonis (Lindsay, ON.), BC defenseman Brian Dumoulin (Biddeford, Maine) and Ferris State defenseman Chad Billins (Marysville, Mich.), along with BC goaltender Parker Milner, who was also voted the Most Outstanding Player for the 2012 Frozen Four.

2011-2012 NCAA Division I First All-American Teams:

From the East: Goaltender Troy Grosenick, Union College (Brookfield, WI); Defensemen Danny Biega, Harvard University (Montreal) and Brian Dumoulin, Boston College (Biddeford, ME); Forwards Spencer Abbott; University of Maine (Hamilton, ON), Alex Killorn, Harvard University (Montreal), Austin Smith, Colgate University (Dallas, TX)

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