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Three Rivers Preview: Boston College

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Overview

Boston College enters the Three Rivers Classic with a record of 10-4-2. The Eagles are 6-1-1 in Hockey East, tying them with Providence for first place.

BC enters the tournament having gone 8-2-1 in its last 11 games, with some impressive defeats of nationally-ranked Wisconsin (14), Northeastern (16) and New Hampshire.

Quick Facts:

  • Boston College is the No.1 ranked offense in all of college hockey, averaging 4.19 goals per game.
  • Boston College has not faced Bowling Green since October of 2008. Boston College has won each of the last five matchups between the schools.
  • Freshmen Thatcher Demko, Ian McCoshen and Steven Santini will not be in uniform during the tournament because they will be representing Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Sweden. Freshman forward Ryan Fitzgerald, son of Penguins assistant to the general manager Tom Fitzgerald, attended Team USA’s evaluation camp before being one of the final cuts. Thirty-five former Eagles have played for Team USA at the WJC, including current Eagles Bill Arnold and Johnny Gaudreau.
  • Head Coach Jerry York coached Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma, assistant coach Todd Reirden and Penguins players Rob Scuderi, Brooks Orpik, Chuck Kobasew, Brian Dumoulin, Philip Samuelsson and Brian Gibbons.
  • Billy Guerin, Boston College alumni and player development coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, was recently inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

Legendary Leader

Jerry York is in his 20th season as head coach at Boston College, and his 42nd season overall as a head coach. Before taking over at Boston College, York was the head coach at tournament opponent Bowling Green for 15 years.

York is college hockey’s all-time winningest coach with 945 wins. He is one of only three coaches in NCAA history to lead two different schools to national titles. He led Bowling Green to the 1984 NCAA title, and Boston College to the 2001, ‘08, ‘10 and ‘12 NCAA titles.

York has received a number of awards over the span of his career. He was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy, presented for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, in October 2010. He earned the 1976-77 Spencer Penrose Trophy as the nation's Division I Coach of the Year. The 1967 Boston College graduate has led the Eagles to nine Hockey East Tournament titles -- 1998, ‘99, ‘01, ‘05, ‘07, ‘08, ‘10, ‘11 and ‘12.

Player Profiles

Top 4 Scorers

•Johnny Gaudreau (13G-15A-28PTS +17)

•Kevin Hayes (10G-14A-24PTS +10)

•Bill Arnold (4G-16A-20PTS +13)

•Ryan Fitzgerald (7G-8A-15PTS +9)

Goalie Statistics

•Brad Barone (3GP-0GS 1.26AVG. 27SAVES .964PCT 0W-0L-0T)

•Thatcher Demko (6GP-6GS 2.31AVG. 144SAVES .911PCT 4W-1L-1T)

•Brian Billett (10GP-10GS 2.58AVG. 265SAVES .917PCT 6W-3L-1T)

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