Entering the second half of the regular season, Boston College (11-2-1) will look to build on its successful start to the season as the team travels to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Mariucci Classic. Coming off a 3-3 draw against regional foe Providence, head coach Jerry York will look to win a NCAA record 925th game tonight when his Eagles face off against the University of Alabama-Huntsville – propelling him past former Michigan State head coach Ron Mason.
While York, often a man of a few words, insists his focus is on his team’s play this weekend, it seems as though his players are fully aware of the historical implications of this evening’s game. In an interview with the Boston Globe, freshman defender Michael Matheson said, “Obviously, we can’t wait to finally get him his win. The way he has handled that is something I admire a lot because he does not mention it, ever. If you looked at him every day, you’d never know that he was one of the winningest coaches of all time.’’
Despite the Eagles’ successful start to the season, the team has faltered in its previous attempts to get Jerry York to the magic number of 925. A split against Boston University tied Ron Mason’s mark set in 2002. And a Friar goal in the waning seconds at Providence meant York would have to wait until after Christmas for his gift.
But while all eyes are on York tonight, the best match-up of the Classic will come tomorrow as the first-ranked Eagles square off with the fourth-ranked Minnesota Gophers in what could very well be a preview of the Frozen Four. While the Eagles’ offense has been potent throughout the early portion of the season, the team will have to look to alternative sources of scoring as leading scorer Johnny Gaudreau is playing for the United States in the World Junior tournament in Russia.
Senior Pat Mullane will no doubt be called upon to lead the young and oft-inconsistent Eagles. As he told the Boston Globe, “We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we’re in and being No. 1 in the nation, and don’t get me wrong, 11 wins before the break is fantastic,’’ said Mullane. “But I don’t think anyone in the room is satisfied with where we are.’’