Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Eagles Win Both Games to Start 2019-20 Season

Boston College is off to a good start.

The No. 10 Eagles, who didn't win an out-of-conference contest last season until February, made it 2-for-2 on opening weekend with a 5-3 home victory over Wisconsin on Friday, followed by a 3-0 triumph at Colgate on Sunday.

Freshman goaltender and 2019 first-round NHL draft choice Spencer Knight picked up the win in both games, and recorded his first collegiate shutout with 39 saves at Colgate. He had 23 stops against No. 16 Wisconsin, with two of the goals by the Badgers coming on U-W power plays.

Senior forwards David Cotton and Julius Mattila lead the Eagles in scoring with two goals and four assists apiece so far this season, the first time BC has started off 2-0-0 since last winning the NCAA title in 2011-12.

BC returns to action this weekend with two games at top-ranked Denver.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Dartmouth's Stempniak Retires From NHL

On the eve of the 2019-20 NHL season, a longtime NHL forward and former collegian called it a career.

Lee Stempniak (Dartmouth) announced his retirement on Tuesday after playing 13 full seasons and for 10 teams in the league. A fifth-round draft choice of the St. Louis Blues in 2003 following his sophomore season at Dartmouth, Stempniak, 36, played three seasons with the Blues and also went on to skate for Toronto, Phoenix, Calgary, Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers, Winnipeg, New Jersey, Carolina and Boston.

In 911 career NHL regular-season games, Stempniak scored 203 goals and set up 266 others for 469 points, while adding 327 penalty minutes. He also had three goals and six points in 28 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests. His highest-scoring season as an NHL player was in 2006-07 with St. Louis, when he netted 27 goals and 52 points in 82 outings

A native of West Seneca, N.Y., and a product of the Buffalo Lightning junior hockey club, Stempniak played at Dartmouth from 2001 to 2005, where he notched 63 goals and 88 assists for 151 points for the Big Green in 135 NCAA  appearances. As a junior, he earned First Team All-America accolades, and then was tabbed Second Team All-America as a senior. He was all named All-ECAC Hockey First Team in both of those seasons. As a sophomore, he collected a career-high 21 goals and 49 points.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Preseason Polls in, Regular Season Starts Saturday

The 2019-20 preseason polls for each of the six men's NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences have all been released. The following are the six schools chosen to finish first overall in their respective leagues at the conclusion of the regular season:

Atlantic Hockey: American International
Big Ten: Penn State
ECAC Hockey: Cornell
Hockey East: Boston College
NCHC: Minnesota-Duluth
WCHA: Minnesota State

American International, Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State all won their respective conference regular-season titles last season, with Cornell finishing as ECAC Hockey's runner-up. All four also advanced to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, with Minnesota-Duluth ultimately winning its second straight national championship. The UMD Bulldogs were also voted first overall in today's USA Hockey/NCAA Division I Preseason Poll.

The 2019-20 NCAA campaign gets underway this Saturday with Maine visiting Providence in Hockey East action, along with eight non-conference NCAA tilts, and 11 exhibition contests pitting NCAA schools against Canadian universities. Northern Michigan also faces off with the U.S. Under-18 Team.

Friday, September 27, 2019

BC Women Blank Merrimack in Opener

The 2019-20 NCAA ice hockey season got underway on Friday night as Boston College blanked host Merrimack, 2-0, in Hockey East women's play.

Savannah Norcross tallied the game-winning goal for the Eagles, who are ranked eighth in the nation. Caroline DiFiore added an empty-net insurance goal, the first goal of her college career, and Maddy McArthur made 25 saves for the visitors to earn the shutout.

The Warriors and Eagles meet again on Saturday at Merrimack's Lawler Rink at 2 p.m. ET to close out the two-game series.

In non-conference NCAA women's action on Friday, defending NCAA champion and No. 1 Wisconsin won, 3-0, at Lindenwood, while No. 3 Clarkson edged host Syracuse, 4-3. Minnesota State won, 4-0, at Rensselaer, and Penn State skated to a 3-3 tie at Holy Cross. No. 2 Minnesota blanked visiting Colgate, 2-0, and No. 9 Ohio State bested visiting St. Lawrence, 4-1.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

18 Years Later

In your prayers and recollections today, please remember Mark Bavis (Boston University '93), who was lost on United No. 175 on 9/11 on his way to training camp as a scout for the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. He was 31 years old.

#MarkBavis #United175 #NineEleven

Friday, September 6, 2019

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame to Add Three Former Collegians

Former collegiate standouts Brian Gionta (Boston College), Tim Thomas (Vermont) and Krissy Wendell (Minnesota) will all be inducted to the U.S Hockey Hall of Fame later this year.

Gionta, 40, who is still BC's all-time leading goal scorer with 123 goals and nine hat tricks from 1997 to 2001, led the Eagles to four consecutive NCAA Frozen Fours, and also captained BC to the national title his senior season. He played 16 years in the NHL with New Jersey, Montreal, Buffalo and Boston, and won a Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003 before setting a still-standing Devils’ single-season record by scoring 48 goals during the 2005-06 campaign. The Rochester, N.Y. native tallied 291 goals and 304 assists for 595 points in 1,026 career NHL regular-season games, and also skated for Team USA in two Olympic Winter Games (2006, 2018), while captaining the American squad in his second Olympic go-around.

Thomas won the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs that spring as he backstopped Boston to its first Stanley Cup in four decades, and also received the Vezina Trophy that season as the league’s top goaltender. A native of Flint, Mich., he compiled a 214-145-19 record to go with a 2.52 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage, and 31 shutouts in 426 career NHL regular-season appearances with Boston, Florida and Dallas. A two-time All-America netminder at Vermont, Thomas, 45, helped the Catamounts to the 1996 NCAA Frozen Four as a junior while recording 81 career victories over four years at UVM. He also gained a bronze medal at the 1996 World Championships and a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games with the United States.

Wendell, 37, played three seasons at Minnesota, where she posted 106-131—237 points in 101 career contests with the Golden Gophers. She tallied 104 points in her third and final NCAA campaign, and also helped Minnesota to the 2003-04 national title. She earned five silver medals and one gold medal at the Women’s World Championships, and also claimed silver and bronze medals, respectively, with the U.S. in two Olympic Winter Games (2002, 2006).

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Dartmouth's Lovejoy Retires from NHL

Ben Lovejoy (Dartmouth) has called it a career.

The longtime NHL defenseman from Concord, N.H., retired from pro hockey last week, following 11 years in the league and a Stanley Cup championship ring with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016. In 544 career NHL regular-season appearances with Pittsburgh, Anaheim, New Jersey and Dallas, he scored 20 goals and added 81 assists for 101 points, to go with 287 penalty minutes. In Stanley Cup Playoff action, he recorded 5-11—16 points and 26 PIM in 76 postseason games.

Lovejoy, 35, played one year at Boston College (2002-03), notching six assists in 22 contests before transferring to Dartmouth. He then skated three NCAA seasons with the Big Green, and collected 11-43—54 points in 96 career matches, while helping Dartmouth to the ECAC Hockey tournament semifinals in both 2006 and 2007. He turned pro as a free agent with Norfolk (AHL) following his senior season in 2006-07.

After going scoreless in five outings with Norfolk, Lovejoy joined Pittsburgh's system the following season and subsequently notched 18-6280 points in 213 regular-season AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He also recorded a career-best plus-42 plus-minus rating in 2008-09, and added three goals and 11 assists in 37 career Calder Cup playoff contests.