2007–08 Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey season

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2007–08 Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey season
National Champions
Hockey East Tournament Champions
Beanpot Champions
NCAA Championship Game, W 4-1 vs. Notre Dame
Hockey East Championship, W 4-0 vs. Vermont
Beanpot Championship, W 6-5 (OT) vs. Harvard
Conference 4th Hockey East
Home ice Kelley Rink
Rankings
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine #1
USCHO.com/CBS College Sports #7
Record
Overall 25-11-8
Home 6-7-4
Road 8-3-4
Neutral 11-1-0
Coaches and Captains
Head Coach Jerry York
Assistant Coaches Mike Cavanaugh
Greg Brown
Jim Logue
Captain(s) Mike Brennan
Alternate captain(s) Dan Betram, Matt Greene
Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey seasons
« 2006-07 2008-09 »

The 2007-2008 Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey team represented Boston College in the 2007-2008 college hockey season. The team was coached by Jerry York, '67, his fourteenth season behind the bench at Boston College. The Eagles played their home games at Kelley Rink on the campus of Boston College, and competed in Hockey East.

Having lost in the previous season's national championship to Michigan State, Boston College made its third consecutive appearance in the title game and defeated Notre Dame 4-1 in the 2010 Frozen Four Championship Game, earning the school's third national championship and first since 2001. The Eagles defeated Minnesota and Miami (OH) in the Northeast Regional in Worcester, earning them a berth in the Frozen Four to be played at the Pepsi Center in Denver. BC defeated North Dakota 6-1 in the national semifinal before taking on the Irish in championship game.

The Eagles finished fourth in the 2007-2008 Hockey East Regular Season, which was good enough for the last home-ice spot in the Hockey East playoffs. After sweeping the quarterfinal series against Providence, the Eagles met regular-season champion New Hampshire in the conference semifinals. After trailing early on, the Eagles mounted a come back and eventually beat UNH on a Benn Ferriero goal early in the third overtime. BC went on to defeat Vermont in the championship game 4-0 for the school's eighth Hockey East tournament championship.

BC also won the 56th Annual Beanpot Tournament. After defeating defending champions Boston University 4-3 in overtime thanks to a Nathan Gerbe goal, the Eagles went on to defeat Harvard 6-5 in overtime on a goal by freshman defenseman Nick Petrecki. This was BC's 14th Beanpot title and first since 2004.

Junior forward Nathan Gerbe, who led the nation in scoring, narrowly missed out on winning the Hobey Baker Award. Gerbe was however named US Hockey National Player of the Year, and also earned NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.

Recruiting[edit]

Boston College added five freshmen for the 2007-2008 season, including one defenseman, two forwards, and two goalies.

Player Position Nationality Notes
John Muse Goalie  United States East Falmouth, MA; Earned US Hockey Report Goaltender of the Year honors as a senior at Nobles.
Joe Whitney Forward  United States Reading, MA; Gained All-NESPAC East honors as a junior at Lawrence Academy.
Brian Gibbons Forward  United States Braintree, MA; Earned All-Founder's League first-team honors as senior center at Salisbury in 2006-07.
Nick Petrecki Defense  United States Clifton Park, NY; Selected 28th overall by SJS in 2007 draft.
Andrew Margolin Goalie  United States Mahwah, NJ; Two-time Founder's League All-Star.

2007-2008 Roster[edit]

Departures from 2006-2007 Team[edit]

  • Brian Boyle, F - Graduation
  • Joe Rooney, F - Graduation
  • Justin Greene, F - Graduation
  • Corey Griffin, F - left team
  • Joseph Ehiorobo, F - left team
  • Brett Motherwell, D - dismissed midseason
  • Brian O'Hanley, D - dismissed midseason
  • Adam Reasoner, G - left team
  • Cory Schneider, G - signed with VAN

2007-2008 Eagles[edit]

Managers
# State Player (Draft) Title Year Hometown High School
- New Jersey Justin Murphy Manager Junior Fair Haven, New Jersey Choate
3 Massachusetts Ken Ryan Manager Junior South Boston, Massachusetts BC High
- Massachusetts Mike Feeley Manager Sophomore Dedham, Massachusetts St. Sebastian's
Goaltenders
# State Player (Draft) Catches Year Hometown Previous team
1 Massachusetts John Muse L Freshman East Falmouth, Massachusetts Nobles
29 Connecticut Alex Kremer L Sophomore Darien, Connecticut Taft
30 New Jersey Andrew Margolin L Freshman Mahwah, New Jersey Taft
Defensemen
# State Player (Draft) Shoots Year Hometown Previous team
2 Massachusetts Anthony Aiello (MIN, 129th overall 2005) L Junior Braintree, Massachusetts Thayer Academy
4 New York Mike Brennan - C R Senior Smithtown, New York Westminster School
5 New York Tim Filangieri L Junior Islip Terrace, New York Waterloo (USHL)
6 New York Tim Kunes (CAR, 145th overall 2005) L Junior Huntington, New York New England (EJHL)
7 Minnesota Carl Sneep (PIT, 32nd overall 2006) R Sophomore Nisswa, Minnesota Brainerd
26 New York Nick Petrecki (SJS, 28th overall 2007) L Freshman Clifton Park, New York Omaha (USHL)
Forwards
# State Player (Draft) Shoots Year Hometown Previous team
9 Michigan Nathan Gerbe (BUF, 145th overall 2005) L Junior Oxford, Michigan US NTDP (USHL)
11 Minnesota Joe Adams L Senior Wayzata, Minnesota New Hampshire (EJHL)
12 Connecticut Ben Smith (CHI, 169th overall 2008) R Sophomore Avon, Connecticut Westminster School
13 Massachusetts Pat Gannon R Senior Arlington, Massachusetts Boston (EJHL)
14 Massachusetts Matt Greene - A L Senior Plymouth, Massachusetts Boston College High School
15 Massachusetts Joe Whitney L Freshman Reading, Massachusetts Lawrence Academy
17 Massachusetts Brian Gibbons L Freshman Braintree, Massachusetts Salisbury School
18 Massachusetts Kyle Kucharski L Senior Saugus, Massachusetts Phillips Andover
19 British Columbia Brock Bradford R Junior Burnaby, British Columbia Omaha (USHL)
21 Massachusetts Benn Ferriero (PHX, 196th overall 2006) R Junior Essex, Massachusetts Governor's Academy
22 Alberta Dan Bertram - A (CHI, 54th overall 2005) R Senior Calgary, Alberta Camrose (AJHL)
24 Massachusetts Matt Lombardi R Sophomore Milton, Massachusetts Governor's Academy
25 Ontario Matt Price R Sophomore Milton, Ontario Milton Icehawks (OPJHL)
27 New York Andrew Orpik (BUF, 227th overall 2005) R Junior East Amherst, New York Thayer Academy

Standings[edit]

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#6 New Hampshire 27 19 5 3 41 84 54 38 25 10 3 132 94
Boston University 27 15 9 3 33 97 72 40 19 17 4 135 117
Vermont 27 13 9 5 31 67 78 39 17 15 7 88 106
#1 Boston College* 27 11 9 7 29 82 67 44 25 11 8 160 101
Providence 27 11 11 5 27 66 66 36 14 17 5 91 99
Northeastern 27 12 13 2 26 73 80 37 16 18 3 92 105
Massachusetts–Lowell 27 10 13 4 24 70 76 37 16 17 4 100 96
Massachusetts 27 9 13 5 23 73 71 36 14 16 6 98 97
Maine 27 9 15 3 21 59 73 34 13 18 3 77 92
Merrimack 27 6 18 3 15 48 82 34 12 18 4 71 93
Championship: Boston College
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

Schedule[edit]

2007-2008 Regular Season[edit]

Date Opponent Time Score Rink
Oct. 12 vs. MichiganIceBreaker - St. Paul, MN 4:30 p.m. L 4-3 (OT) Xcel Energy Center
Oct. 13 vs. RensselaerIceBreaker Third Place 4:30 p.m. W 4-1 Xcel Energy Center
Oct. 19 vs. North Dakota
Game shortened to two period (ice conditions)
8:05 p.m. T 0-0 Kelley Rink
Oct. 21 at Vermont* 4:05 p.m. T 3-3 Gutterson Fieldhouse
Oct. 26 vs. Merrimack* 7:05 p.m. W 7-1 Kelley Rink
Oct. 28 at Merrimack* 1:00 p.m. W 4-2 Lawlor Arena
Nov. 2 vs. Maine* 7:05 p.m. T 1-1 Kelley Rink
Nov. 9 vs. Merrimack* 8:00 p.m. T 3-3 Kelley Rink
Nov. 10 at New Hampshire* 7:00 p.m. L 5-2 Whittemore Center
Nov. 16 at Massachusetts* 7:00pm T 1-1 Mullins Center
Nov. 17 vs. Massachusetts* 7:05 p.m. L 3-2 Kelley Rink
Nov. 23 vs. Northeastern* 7:05 p.m. L 4-3 (OT) Kelley Rink
Nov. 30 vs. Boston University* (Green Line Rivalry) 7:05pm W 6-2 Kelley Rink
Dec. 1 at Boston University* (Green Line Rivalry) 7:05 p.m. W 4-3 Agganis Arena
Dec. 12 at Harvard 7:00 p.m. W 7-2 Bright Hockey Center
Dec. 29 vs. Air ForceDodge Holiday Classic - Minneapolis, MN 4:00 p.m. W 8-2 Mariucci Arena
Dec. 30 vs. RITDodge Holiday Classic Champ. 4:00 p.m. W 6-0 Mariucci Arena
Jan. 5 at Clarkson 7:00 p.m. L 4-2 Cheel Arena
Jan. 9 vs. Vermont* 7:30 p.m. W 4-1 Kelley Rink
Jan. 11 vs. Vermont* 7:05 p.m. W 5-2 Kelley Rink
Jan. 18 at UMass Lowell* 7:30 p.m. W 5-4 Tsongas Arena
Jan. 19 vs. Boston University* (Green Live Rivalry) 7:00 p.m. T 2-2 Kelley Rink
Jan. 25 at Maine* 7:30 p.m. T 3-3 Alfond Arena
Jan. 26 at Maine* 7:00pm W 4-2 Alfond Arena
Feb. 1 vs. Providence* 7:00 p.m. W 3-2 Kelley Rink
Feb. 4 vs. Boston University (Green Line Rivalry)Beanpot 8:15 p.m. W 4-3 (OT) TD Banknorth Garden
Feb. 8 at Massachusetts* 7:00 p.m. W 4-1 Mullins Center
Feb. 11 vs. HarvardBeanpot Champ. 8:00 p.m. W 6-5(OT) Tsongas Arena
Feb. 15 vs. UMass Lowell* 7:00 p.m. L 3-1 Kelley Rink
Feb. 16 at UMass Lowell* 7:00 p.m. W 5-2 Tsongas Arena
Feb. 22 vs. New Hampshire* 7:30pm L 2-0 Kelley Rink
Feb. 23 at New Hampshire* 7:00 p.m. L 5-1 Whittemore Center
Feb. 29 vs. Providence* 7:05 p.m. L 3-2 Kelley Rink
Mar. 1 at Providence* 7:00 p.m. T 2-2 Schneider Arena
Mar. 7 vs. Northeastern* 7:00 p.m. L 3-2 (OT) Kelley Rink
Mar. 8 at Northeastern* 7:05 p.m. W 4-1 Matthews Arena

All times Eastern
* = Hockey East Conference Play
Beanpot = 56th Annual Beanpot Tournament in Boston

2008 Post-Season[edit]

Date Opponent Time Score Rink
Mar. 14 vs. Providence
Hockey East Quarterfinals
7:00 p.m. W 5-1 Kelley Rink
Mar. 15 vs. Providence
Hockey East Quarterfinals
7:00 p.m. W 5-1 Kelley Rink
Mar. 21 vs. New Hampshire
Hockey East Semifinals - Boston
5:05 p.m. W 5-4 (3OT) TD Banknorth Garden
Mar. 22 vs. Vermont
Hockey East Championship - Boston
7:05 p.m. W 4-0 TD Banknorth Garden
Mar. 29 vs. Minnesota
NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinal - Worcester, MA
8:00 p.m. W 5-2 DCU Center
Mar. 30 vs. Miami (OH)
NCAA Northeast Regional Final - Worcester, MA
4:30 p.m. W 4-3 (OT) DCU Center
Apr. 10 vs. North Dakota
NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal - Denver, CO
4:05 p.m. W 6-1 Pepsi Center
Apr. 12 vs. Notre Dame
NCAA Frozen Four Championship - Denver, CO
5:05 p.m. W 4-1 Pepsi Center

All times Eastern

Awards and Honors[edit]

2008 USA Hockey National College Player of the Year[edit]

2007-2008 AHCA University Division First Team All-American[edit]

  • Nathan Gerbe, F

2008 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player[edit]

  • Nathan Gerbe, F

2008 Hockey East Tournament MVP[edit]

  • Nathan Gerbe, F

2008 Hockey East Best Defensive Forward[edit]

  • Matt Greene, F

2008 Beanpot Tournament MVP[edit]

References[edit]