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Monday, January 09, 2006

Boston College Men's Ice Hockey: January 9, 2006

The Boston College Men's Ice Hockey team improved its record to 12-4-2 (10-2-1 Hockey East) with two wins over Northeastern and Providence this past weekend.

The Eagles are now first place in Hockey East, and are ranked No. 4 in the nation according to the latest USCHO.com poll. The team is 8-1-1 and boasts a 39-19 goal differential over its past 10 games.

BC looks to continue its six-game winning streak against Merrimack this Saturday. The face off has been moved from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will be broadcast by CN8 (and thus available for online viewing here).

Benn Ferriero on Fire

Benn Ferriero, BC's freshman forward phenom, scored three goals and added one assist in the two wins this past weekend, and thus earned Hockey East Rookie Of The Week honors.

This is the second time Ferriero, an Essex, Massachusetts native, has garnered the distinction this season; he earned the award on December 12, following consecutive three-point performances in a weekend sweep of UMass-Amherst.

Ferriero was also recognized by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau; he was designated college hockey's sixth best prospect eligible for the 2006 NHL draft. Not only is he No. 6 overall, but is the top New Englander.

Chat Live with Coach Jerry York

On Tuesday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Boston College Head Coach Jerry York will enter the chatroom at "Tuesday @ The Rink", presented by CSTV.com and USCHO.com. Coach York is leads all active D-I coaches in career wins, and is college hockey's third all-time winningest coach. York is also one of only two coaches in NCAA history to lead two different schools to national titles. (UPDATE: Chat was cancelled, and has yet to be rescheduled)

Cunniff to be Honored by Beanpot?

The late John Cunniff, one of the all-time Boston College hockey greats, may be memorialized by having the Beanpot's MVP award named in his honor.

Joe Barrett, an old friend of the Cunniff family, said ''I can't believe anyone would be more deserving . . . He was the first to win it twice [1964, '65]." Steve Nazro, the tournament's longtime director, said the Beanpot Committee (which is comprised of Nazro and the four competing schools' athletic directors), would be open to considering such a motion when it meets this spring.

Cunniff, who was born in South Boston, was a two-time All-American left wing at BC, and was the 1964 Rookie of the Year. He joined the United State's National team in 1967 and played for the U.S. at the Olympics in 1968 in Grenoble. Subsequently he played for the New England Whalers in the World Hockey Association, and for the Quebec Nordiques. Cunniff died of cancer less than 90 days after serving as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2002 Olympic Games at Salt Lake City.

Hockey Alum

There is a nice article from the Buffalo News on Brian Gionta that talks about his pre-BC days with the Niagara Scenics, and his upcoming trip to Turin to play in the 2006 Olympics.

The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, signed center Jamie O’Leary. O’Leary is an eighth year pro from Needham, Massachusetts who played at BC from 1994 through 1998. O’Leary has played 397 regular season ECHL games in his pro career (and 2 games in the International Hockey League) so that his first appearance with the Royals will constitute his 400th professional game.
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