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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Boston College Athletics: February 1, 2006

Men's Basketball

The Eagles take on the #2 Duke Blue Devils tonight at Conte Forum. BC is riding a five-game win streak and is now ranked #14 in the nation according to USA Today/ESPN (#15 AP, #24 RPI). Tip off is at 9pm, and the game will be covered nationally on ESPN.

Senior star Craig Smith vowed that the team would "protect our house" and summed up the excitement around tonight's game with "If you've got earplugs, bring them. If not, you're in for a long night."

Word is that all fans, students included, will have a "Solid Gold" t-shirt placed on their seat upon arrival to the game.

Men's Ice Hockey

Junior Brian Boyle scored a career-high four goals in the Eagles' 4-3 win over UMass-Lowell this past Saturday. Boyle's four-goal effort marks the first time a BC player has tallied four goals in one game since - yes, you guessed it - Brian Gionta netted an amazing five goals (in one period!) against Maine on Jan. 27, 2001. USA Hockey had this to say about Boyle's four-goal feat:
There’s no truth to the rumor that Boston College’s Brian Boyle (Hingham, Mass.) drove the bus from Chestnut Hill to nearby Lowell, or that he drove the Zamboni between periods of Saturday’s Hockey East game between the Eagles and UMass Lowell at Tsongas Arena. But Boyle did just about everything else Saturday night, as he scored a career-high four goals -- including the game-winner with 48.8 seconds left in overtime.
Sophomore Dan Bertram was recently featured on Hockey's Future.

Collins for Hobey

Senior scoring leader Chris Collins has broken into the Top 5 of CSTV's Hobey Baker Watch.

Collins has also won the CCM / RBK Hockey East Player of the Month for January (he also won the award for December). Running away with the 2005-06 scoring title, Collins added 15 points to his totals in the month of January and now has 20 goals and 20 assists in 24 games played overall.

Where's Our Beanpot?

The Eagles will look to win back the coveted beanpot from cross-town rival and mail-order degree school BU. The tournament begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, February 6th. BC will take on Northeastern in the opening round.

Hockey Alum

Former Hobey Baker winner and BC captain Mike Mottau, who is now with the AHL's Peoria Rivermen, will make his third AHL All-Star Classic appearance this week, having participated in Wilkes-Barre in 2001 and St. John’s in 2002. A native of Boston, Mottau was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2001. Mottau has dished out an assist in each of the last two games with the Rivermen, and skates alongside former Eagle defender Brendan Buckley.

Portland Pirates rookie Ryan Shannon will also be playing in the All Star game. Shannon dominated the speed events in the All-Star Skills Competition, earning a point for PlanetUSA by winning the individual InGlasCo Puck Control Relay, then posting a winning time of 14.084 seconds in the Rbk Fastest Skater event. His "spin-a-rama" goal against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Dany Sabourin was also one of the highlights of the night.
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