This weekend, the Boston College men’s hockey team put together a dominating performance against the University of Alabama-Huntsville to give Head Coach Jerry York the all-time record in wins (925). York cemented his legacy as one of the greatest to ever coach collegiate hockey, leading his squad to a commanding 5-2 victory.
Sophomore forward Cam Spiro knocked in his first career goal just three minutes into the competition. Bill Arnold and Danny Linell compounded the score, making it 3-0 in 13 minutes. That was all it took for the Eagles to clinch York’s 925th victory.
UAH ended up scoring only two goals—both from Jeff Vanderlugt and Craig Pierce. A staunch defensive effort kept UAH out of the attacking zone for the majority of the game. Pat Mullane and Steve Whitney added insurance goals in the second and third periods, respectively.
At a time of mediocrity in BC’s major sports—a football team coming off a 2-10 season and men’s basketball struggling to find consistency and rhythm—it was refreshing to see at least one BC staple capture history.
Jerry York’s 925th win was a pleasant reminder of what makes Boston College hockey great. Steeped in a winning tradition and some of the best players in the nation, BC hockey’s greatness is one constant in an athletic department marred by poor showings in football and basketball.
Contrary to the revelry behind York’s record-breaking moment and a sound defeat of UAH, BC came up very short against the University of Minnesota in the latter game of the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, losing 8-1 to the Golden Gophers.
BC never established a defensive presence, putting immense pressure on goalie Parker Milner and leading to Minnesota to solidly defeat them. The Eagles found the penalty box far more than the net, racking up 27 penalty minutes and giving the Gophers four power play goals.
Steve Whitney scored the lone goal for the Eagles in the third period, marking a shimmer of hope in what was a disaster for the top-ranked Eagles.
The Eagles hockey squad looks to rebound from their performance against Minnesota with a victory over Yale this Friday. York can widen the gap between himself and the active coach with the second most wins: BU’s Jack Parker (886).
It’s time for consideration of a “Jerry York monument” of sorts; the guy has encapsulated all that BC wants—success, morals, pride, and one joyous, memorable grin.