Wisconsin at Boston College
Date: Friday, Oct. 10, 2008
Faceoff: 7:05 p.m.
Location: Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Venue (Capacity): Conte Forum/Kelley Rink (7,884)
Radio Broadcast: WROL 950 AM; bceagles.com
Live Stats: Gametracker
Video Streaming: Eagles All-Access, bceagles.com
Team Records: Boston College - 0-0-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East Association; Wisconsin - 0-0-0, 0-0-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Team Rankings: Boston College - No. 1 USA Today, No. 1 USCHO.com; Wisconsin - No. 14 USA Today, No. 14 USCHO.com
RAISING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER: Friday's season-opening game against Wisconsin not only marks the beginning to the Eagles' 2008-09 season, it also marks a final salute to last year's title-winning team. Prior to faceoff, BC will pay tribute to last year's historic team by raising the 2008 national championship banner. The Conte Forum doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and all those who arrive early will have the chance to participate in a trivia contest for signed prizes from the championship team. The first 5,000 fans will receive a free replica of the banner. Following warm-ups, the athletics' department along with its new student group, Eagle Ops, will turn off the lights in Conte and replay the last 10 minutes of the championship game on the video boards.
DROP THE PUCK: Friday's game against Wisconsin marks the official beginning of the 2008-09 season. Under head coach Jerry York, the Eagles are 10-4-0 in season openers. Last October, Boston College lost to Michigan in the Ice Breaker Tournament in St. Paul, Minn. RADIO BROADCAST INFORMATION: BC Athletics, in conjunction with ISP Sports have signed an agreement with Salem Communications Group to broadcast a full season of Boston College Hockey. All 36 regular-season contests can be heard on 950 AM beginning 15 minutes before game time. The broadcasts will also have a 15 minute post - game show for game highlights and analysis. A live radio broadcast of each game is available over the internet at bceagles.com. Friday's Boston College hockey radio broadcasts will be handled by play-by-play announcer Bill Newell and expert color analyst Ken Hodge.
LAST TIME OUT: Boston College did not have the benefit of an exhibition contest this season, so the last time the Eagles donned their game jerseys remains last season's 4-1 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA championship game in the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. All-American Nathan Gerbe scored twice while Ben Smith and Joe Whitney scored one goal apiece to lead BC to its third national championship in program history.
A LOOK AT THE POLLS: On the heels of its 2008 NCAA title, Boston College hockey embarks upon the 2008-09 campaign as the nation's top-ranked team according to both major national polls. York welcomes 15 returning lettermen and nine newcomers to his squad. EAGLES CHOSEN AS HOCKEY EAST PRESEASON FAVORITE: For the eighth time in the past 11 years, Boston College has been chosen as the preseason favorite to win the league's regular-season title, according to the Hockey East Coaches' Poll released at the annual media day held on Sept. 29. BC earned six first-place votes and a total of 86 points. Boston University was picked second with 80 points, just two points ahead of the league's defending regular-season champion New Hampshire.
FOUR PLAYERS RECEIVE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA DISTINCTION: Defenseman Nick Petrecki and forward Joe Whitney each received preseason All-America first-team honors, the online publication Inside College Hockey has posted. In addition to Petrecki and Whitney, sophomore goaltender John Muse and junior forward Ben Smith earned preseason All-America third-team recognition. Additionally, Smith, who registered 50 points on 25 goals and 25 assists last winter, captured College Hockey News preseason All-America first-team honors.
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 803-515-84 career record and a 336-180-50 mark as coach of the Eagles. In NCAA Tournament competition, York is the winningest coach of all time, having guided his teams to 29 victories - five as head coach at Bowling Green State University and 24 at BC. On March 29, 2008, York captured his 800th career victory as Boston College defeated Minnesota, 5-2, in the NCAA Tournament's Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass. He joins Ron Mason (924) as the only two coaches in college hockey to reach 800 (or more) career wins. In the last 11 seasons, he has guided the Eagles to eight Frozen Four appearances, four Hockey East regular-season trophies, six Hockey East Tournament titles and two national championships - 2001 and 2008. Individually, York has guided 33 players to All-America first-team honors, including 2000 Hobey Baker Award winner Mike Mottau and 2008 USA Hockey College Player of the Year Nathan Gerbe. 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 CAPTAINS: Brock Bradford will serve as team captain in 2008-09. He is joined by assistant captains Benn Ferriero and Tim Filangieri. Bradford missed all but five games last winter, having suffered multiple breaks in his left arm. Ferriero concluded the season with 42 points - 17 goals and 25 assists. He played in all 44 games and has played in all 128 games since his arrival at the Heights in the fall of 2005. Filangieri played in 43 games during last winter's national-championship season. He registered six points - one goal and five assists - and a plus/minus rating of +21.
THE SENIORS: BC's Class of 2009 is comprised of seven seniors - F Brock Bradford, F Benn Ferriero, D Tim Filangieri, D Anthony Aiello, D Tim Kunes, F Kyle Kucharski and F Andrew Orpik. Led by Ferriero, who has played in all 128 games over the last three seasons, the septet has combined participate in 737 career contests. It has captured two Hockey East Tournament titles, advanced to all three Frozen Fours and earned the 2008 national title. This embarks on its final collegiate campaign with a combined record of 80-36-12.
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.
THE ROSTER, BY POSITION: Forwards (14): Barry Almeida, Cam Atkinson, Tommy Atkinson, Brock Bradford, Paul Carey, Benn Ferriero, Brian Gibbons, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Kucharski, Matt Lombardi, Andrew Orpik, Matt Price, Ben Smith, and Joe Whitney. Defensemen (8): Anthony Aiello, Tommy Cross, Tim Filangieri, Tim Kunes, Malcolm Lyles, Nick Petrecki, Carl Sneep and Edwin Shea. Goalies (3): Alex Kremer, John Muse and Chris Venti.
THE ROSTER, BY STATE: Massachusetts (11): D Anthony Aiello (Braintree), F Barry Almeida (Springfield), F Paul Carey (Weymouth), F Benn Ferriero (Essex), F Brian Gibbons (Braintree), F Kyle Kucharski (Saugus), F Matt Lombardi (Milton), G John Muse (East Falmouth), D Edwin Shea (Shrewsbury), G Chris Venti (Needham) and F Joe Whitney (Reading). New York (4): D Tim Filangieri (Islip Terrace), D Tim Kunes (Huntington), F Andrew Orpik (East Amherst) and D Nick Petrecki (Clifton Park). Connecticut (5): F Cam Atkinson (Greenwich), F Tommy Atkinson (Greenwich), D Tommy Cross (Simsbury), G Alex Kremer (Darien) and F Ben Smith (Avon). British Columbia (1): F Brock Bradford (Burnaby). Florida (1): D Malcolm Lyles (Miami Gardens). Minnesota (1): D Carl Sneep (Nisswa). Ontario (1): F Matt Price (Milton).
A BRIEF GLANCE BACK: Last season, Boston College finished with a 25-11-8 record. The Eagles were 11-9-7 in Hockey East, finishing fourth in the regular-season standings. The Eagles won the Hockey East Tournament, advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Frozen Four and won the 2008 NCAA title.
BC RECOGNIZES ONE OF ITS 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.
THE WISCONSIN SERIES: Friday's game will mark the 20th meeting between the teams. Boston College holds a 10-9-0 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to Dec. 28, 1970, a 7-2 loss to the Badgers in St. Louis Arena. Fourteen years later (the 1984-85 season) the teams met once again for a two-game series in Madison, Wis. and continued to play annually through the 1989-90 season. The teams last met last October 2006 in Madison, Wis., for a two-game series.
WISCONSIN CONNECTIONS: Former BC hockey stars Ben and Patrick Eaves, each of whom are earned All-America honors as forwards at Boston College, are the sons of Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves. Ben was a four-year lettermen (2000-04) for head coach Jerry York who served as team captain during both his junior and senior season. Patrick was a three-year letterwinner (2002-05) who served as assistant captain during his junior season before turning professional. Patrick is now a member of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.