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FF: Capsule: Boston College (College Hockey News)
On the weekend of Jan. 20-21, the Eagles were swept by Maine, dropping them to 5-8-1 since mid-November. Coach Jerry York and his players have pointed to that weekend as the one that finally woke them up and forced them to take a long, hard look at the way they were playing. They swept New Hampshire the next weekend and looked like a whole new team from then on. They went on to win their next 15 games as well, and they haven't allowed more than two goals since that first win over UNH.

Past success defines Boston College-Minnesota rivalary (Tampa Bay Lightning)
"It’s what we play for," Boston College head coach Jerry York said earlier this week. "College hockey is built on rivalries, and what better of one to have than one with a chance to play for a national championship? No matter what you do all season, winning one or two big games in this tournament against some good teams is all it takes."

NCAA Frozen Four Preview, Predictions (
No matter who wins the Union vs. Ferris State game, I can’t see either of them managing to beat BC, who I predict will win the other semi. The Eagles are just too dominant on defense and will walk away with their third National Championship in five years.

MacLeod grows into role with BC (
Isaac MacLeod arrived at Boston College a year ago as a gangly 6-foot-4 defenseman with an abundance of untapped talent. A fifth-round NHL draft choice of the San Jose Sharks, the British Columbia native needed a year’s experience at the college level before his game blossomed.

Nelson's MacLeod has NCAA hockey title in sights (Nelson Star)
"The major thing with our team is that everyone has bought into the program and what it's about here at BC," he said. "We have a lot of guys that could be playing major roles on other teams, but are willing to sit back and do what the team needs instead. Guys are willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the team, which creates a great environment to play and be a part of."

Boston College defenseman Dumoulin a junior achiever (The Boston Globe)
"He had become one of the elite, elite players in the country as a sophomore,’’ said York. "Having said that, I think he’s even a notch better this year. He’s stronger, he’s heavier, his stick is heavier, and I think his shot is really improving. He never could really shoot the puck that well when he first came and he’s worked on it and he shoots it pretty good now. You’re an All-American as a sophomore and where do you go? But he wasn’t satisfied with his development at all. He’s a strong 225 and I think that has helped him a lot.’’

Brian Dumoulin backs BC blue line (
It was apropos that a recent guest speaker to the Boston College hockey team was NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch because the current owner of Leetch’s No. 2 jersey is a worthy successor.

Ever the captain, Cross keeps Boston College teammates on task (
"The thing I’m most proud of is winning the national championship in 2010. That’s something special; only four teams here have ever done that," said Cross, the Boston College captain. "But I think two more wins would change the answer to that question."

Not Your Average 3rd Line (
Obviously, it feels great to be back as a team. You know, freshman year, I didn't have as big of a role as I do this year (obviously). My first year we kind of walked through everyone and everyone was like "wow". Last season you know we found out that you know, this is hard to do. We said this year we're going to show up and we're going to play hard. We know how hard it is to get back and that flight down to Tampa will be fun.

Heavyweight Battle On Tap For Tampa Between Gophers, Eagles (Gopher Puck Live)
On paper, this isn’t a super lopsided affair, but again, Boston College is the big-time favorite to take home the hardware this weekend. But as we’ve seen over the years in college hockey, the best team doesn’t often win it all. Look no further than last year’s Frozen Four in St. Paul, where the Sioux came into the Xcel Energy Center as the best team in the nation from October on, but were upset by Michigan, which opened the door for an upstart Minnesota Duluth team to take home its first-ever NCAA title.

Jerry York, Boston College Staying on Even Keel Despite Anticipation of Frozen Four Showdown With Minnesota (Video) (
He said that he isn't viewing the streak as a 17-game winning streak, but rather as winning one game at a time on 17 separate occasions. Check out the video to hear more from York about the team's upcoming national semifinal showdown.