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FF: Either Rain or Sleet or Blowout (College Hockey News)
Perhaps the most impressive statistic Boston College boasts on its current 17-game winning streak is the amount of time it's trailed since its last loss on Jan. 21. Since losing to Maine that night in Orono, the Eagles have fallen behind opponents just twice for a combined 5 minutes, 33 seconds.

Steve Whitney’s niche is special teams (
"It’s my first year in the (penalty-kill) rotation and I like it a lot. It’s a lot of hard work. That’s what the penalty-kill really is. I do them with Barry Almeida, and he’s a playmaker and a skilled player. So, if they cough it up at all, there’s a chance that he’ll come down and make a play. So, it’s fun to play out there."

Puck Daddy chats with Boston College’s Chris Kreider about unpredictability of NCAA tournament, Rick Nash trade rumors and playing in a soccer stadium (Puck Daddy)
He just really helps his players to exact their fullest potential. Me personally, he's helped me focus on the little things. I've become much more defense-first player. Definitely not a liability anymore in the defensive zone like I probably was. He just kind of molds complete players and players to help the team win.

Going For It All (The Heights)
"It’s like playing ourselves," York said. "We’ve got to play at a terrific pace, and we’ve got to be able to take advantage of any shot opportunities and shoot pucks. I think Patterson is a goaltender that has played very well for them. But we’re looking for shots, rebounds, and goals."

Boston College hockey coach Jerry York has Eagles soaring again (The Boston Globe)
Old-school values are at the core of BC’s hockey culture, whose essence is the imperative of representing the college with dignity and class. While his players are expected to keep their faces shaved and hair trimmed and to wear coats and ties on road trips, York does not subject them to a litany of Thou Shalt Nots.

A work in progress, Pat Mullane gets job done at BC (The Boston Globe)
"When we first saw him, he was a pretty good player at Avon and he was a little bit heavy and a little bit slow,’’ said York. "He went to Omaha [of the USHL] and still had a little bit of a weight problem, he still wasn’t in great, great shape but there has always been something there, his hockey sense. During Omaha and his first year with us, he became stronger and leaner and it’s really helped his development with us.’’

Lucia does homework on BC, sees need to be aggressive (
"We have to put the pressure on BC," Lucia said. "If we think we are just going to sit back and defend for 60 minutes, we are not going to win that way. We have to score some goals."

Comparing Minnesota Gopher Hockey vs Boston College Eagles at the Frozen Four (The Daily Gopher)
York hasn't just built a dynasty, he's built a freaking juggernaut. BC missed the NCAA tourney 3 straight years from 1991-92 through 1993-94 (at some schools with an elite hockey program that's considered unacceptable. At others...), canned their coach and hired York from Bowling Green, where he won a national title in 1984. Yep, Bowling Green won a natty title. York took three losing seasons to get things turned around, and then in 1997-98 boom goes the dynamite, starting a run of four straight Frozen Fours- including 2 finals losses- before winning it all in 2000-01. They missed the NCAA's the next year, but since then won two more national titles, made six more Frozen Fours, five regular season Hockey Easy titles, six Hockey East tourney titles, and have only missed the NCAA's once.


Florida State's Interior Offensive Line To Face Some Tough Challenges In 2012 (Tomahawk Nation)
The big wildcard here is Kaleb Ramsey (6'3" 288), a very good player who missed 2011 with a back injury. He can be an all-conference player if he comes back at 100%. If not, one of Dominic Appiah (6'5" 291) or Max Ricco (6'4" 302) are going to need to reach their potential a year early. Dillon Quinn is a decent senior at 6'6" 312. I'm hedging on BC here. If Ramsey is back at 100%, they're undervalued. If not, they're potentially overrated by me. This was not a great group in 2011, but is usually quite solid under Spaziani.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 9 -- Carolina Panthers Select Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College (Behind the Steel Curtain)
Ultimately, to me both were equal value, but the greatest need for Carolina is on the defensive side of the ball. Luke Kuechly, from all reports that I have seen, is a tackling machine. If the young DT's that the Panthers have pan out, then Kuechly should add a lot in terms of shutting down the run for the Panthers. Even if they struggle, he should help them out. With 4.58 40 speed, he should also be fine in coverage across the middle. Coming from BC, I would expect him to have a high football IQ, as well.


2012 ACC Hoops Report Card, Part 1 (ACC Sports Journal)
No coach could have kept this team from a rebuilding year. Not only were they extremely young, but simply lacked talent. You have to give Donahue a bit of a break since he inherited such a senior-laden roster last season and had to replace all five starters (including 2010 first-round pick Reggie Jackson). Still, the bulk of the rotation was full of players Donahue recruited and the Eagles set a school record for most losses (22). (Midseason grade: D)