2011–12 Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey season

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2011–12 Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey season
National Champions
Hockey East Tournament Champions
Hockey East Regular Season Champions
Beanpot Champions
Ice Breaker Champions
NCAA Championship Game, W 4-1 vs. Ferris State
Hockey East Championship, W 4-1 vs. Maine
Beanpot Championship, W 3-2 (OT) vs. Boston University
Ice Breaker Championship, W 6-2 vs. North Dakota
Conference Hockey East
Home ice Kelley Rink
Rankings
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine #1
USCHO.com/CBS College Sports #1
Record
Overall 33-10-1
Home 12-3-1
Road 10-6-0
Neutral 11-1-0
Coaches and Captains
Head Coach Jerry York
Assistant Coaches Mike Cavanaugh
Greg Brown
Jim Logue
Captain(s) Tommy Cross
Alternate captain(s) Barry Almeida, Paul Carey
Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey seasons
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The 2011–12 Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey team represented Boston College in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season. The team was coached by Jerry York, '67, his eighteenth season behind the bench at Boston College. The Eagles played their home games at Kelley Rink on the campus of Boston College, competing in Hockey East.

Boston College defeated Ferris State 4-1 in the 2012 Frozen Four Championship Game, earning the school's fifth national title and third title in five years. It was Jerry York's fourth title as head coach of the Eagles, having also won in 2001, 2008, and 2010. BC entered the NCAA Tournament as the number one overall seed, defeating Air Force and defending national champion Minnesota Duluth in the Northeast Regional in Worcester to advance to the Frozen Four at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. The Eagles defeated Minnesota 6-1 in the semifinals before beating Ferris State in the national title game, with goaltender Parker Milner earning Most Outstanding Player honors.

Boston College also entered the 2011-2012 season as reigning Hockey East tournament champions, having defeated Merrimack 5-3 in the championship game, as well as defending Beanpot champions, beating Northeastern in the final 7-6 in overtime. The Eagles also won the 2010-11 Hockey East regular season championship, their first since 2004-05.

The Eagles defended their Beanpot title and won their third in a row by defeating Boston University 3-2 on a goal by sophomore forward Bill Arnold in the last seconds of the first overtime period. It was the Eagles seventeenth Beanpot title. The Eagles also defended their Hockey East Regular Season championship, clinching their record twelfth title in school history on March 3, 2012 by defeating Vermont 4-0 at Kelley Rink. BC won their third Hockey East Tournament championship in a row, the first three-peat in the history of the conference, and record eleventh title all-time, by defeating Maine 4-1 in the championship game in Boston.

Boston College also participated in two additional in-season tournaments, the Ice Breaker in Grand Forks, ND and the Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit, MI. BC won the 2011 Ice Breaker Tournament by defeating Michigan State 5-2 in the first round, and then beating North Dakota in the championship game, 6-2. In the first round of the 2011 Great Lakes Invitational, BC fell to Michigan 4-2 before defeating Michigan Tech 2-1 in the consolation game.

On November 3, 2011, it was announced that the Eagles will play Northeastern at Fenway Park on January 14, 2012 in Hockey East play. The contest was part of a double-header, with a game between MIAA-rivals Boston College High School and Catholic Memorial slated for earlier in the day.[1] BC defeated Northeastern 2-1.

On February 17, 2012, head coach Jerry York won his 900th career game when the Eagles defeated Merrimack 4-2 at Kelley Rink. York is only the second college hockey coach to achieve 900 wins, with Ron Mason being the first. York ended the season with 913, which placed him second all-time in career victories after Ron Mason, who has 924.

Offseason[edit]

March 27, 2011: Junior forward Cam Atkinson signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, forgoing his senior season.[2]

March 30, 2011: Junior forward Jimmy Hayes signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, also forgoing his senior season.[3]

April 11, 2011: Sophomores Brian Dumoulin and Chris Kreider announced that they would return to Boston College for the 2011-12 season.[4]

April 13, 2011: Sophomore defenseman Philip Samuelsson decided to forgo his final two seasons with Boston College to pursue a pro career in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.[5]
Also, sophomore forward Chris Kreider was selected to the United States national team that competed at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.[6]

Recruiting[edit]

Boston College adds nine freshmen for the 2011-2012 season: two goaltenders in Brian Billet and Brad Barone, both alumni of the EJHL; two recruits from Canada in Mark Begert, a defenseman, and Destry Straight, a forward, who were teammates with the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL; forward Danny Linell, a Long Island native and 2011-12 recipient of the Hugh and Doris MacIsaac Family Scholarship Fund; forward Johnny Gaudreau, a fourth round pick of the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft who was previously committed to play at Northeastern; Hingham-native Cam Spiro, who was also an All-American lacrosse player at Tabor Academy; forward Michael Sit, a Minnesota native who joins the Eagles from powerhouse Edina; and forward Quinn Smith, who played for the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL.

Player Position Nationality Notes
Brian Billet Goalie  United States Brunswick, ME; Three-time EJHL all-star.
Brad Barone Goalie  United States Medfield, MA; 2010-11 South Shore Kings team MVP.
Mark Begert Defense  Canada West Vancouver, BC; BCHL academic all-star.
Danny Linell Forward  United States Great Neck, NY; Team MVP at Choate Rosemary Hall as a senior.
Johnny Gaudreau Forward  United States Carneys Point, NJ; Selected 104th overall by CAL in 2011 draft.
Cam Spiro Forward  United States Hingham, MA; Earned All-New England honors as a senior at Tabor.
Destry Straight Forward  Canada West Vancouver, BC; 2010 Major Midget League all-star.
Michael Sit Forward  United States Edina, MN; Helped Edina claim the State Class AA title his junior year.
Quinn Smith Forward  United States Fairfield, CT; Was team MVP as a senior at Avon Old Farms.

2011-2012 Roster[edit]

Departures from 2010-2011 Team[edit]

2011-12 Eagles[edit]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Maine Billet, BrianBrian Billet Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1992-03-19 Brunswick, Maine New Hampshire (EJHL)
2 Maine Dumoulin, BrianBrian Dumoulin Junior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1991-09-06 Biddeford, Maine New Hampshire (EJHL) CAR, 51st overall 2009
3 New York Alber, PatchPatch Alber Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1989-03-11 Clifton Park, New York Boston (EJHL)
4 Connecticut Cross, TommyTommy Cross (C) Senior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1989-09-12 Simsbury, Connecticut Westminster (USHS–CT) BOS, 35th overall 2007
5 British Columbia Begert, MarkMark Begert Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993-06-06 West Vancouver, British Columbia Coquitlam (BCHL)
6 Pennsylvania Wey, PatrickPatrick Wey Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1991-03-21 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Waterloo (USHL) WAS, 115th overall 2009
7 British Columbia MacLeod, IsaacIsaac MacLeod Sophomore D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992-02-22 Nelson, British Columbia Penticton (BCHL) SJS, 136th overall 2010
8 Massachusetts Shea, EdwinEdwin Shea Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1989-09-16 Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Boston (EJHL)
9 Massachusetts Almeida, BarryBarry Almeida (A) Senior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 1988-11-20 Springfield, Massachusetts Omaha (USHL)
10 New York Linell, DannyDanny Linell Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1992-09-04 Great Neck, New York Choate (USHS–CT)
11 Connecticut Mullane, PatPat Mullane Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1990-07-31 Wallingford, Connecticut Omaha (USHL)
12 Massachusetts Hayes, KevinKevin Hayes Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1992-05-08 Dorchester, Massachusetts Nobles (USHS–MA) CHI, 24th overall 2010
13 New Jersey Gaudreau, JohnnyJohnny Gaudreau Freshman F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1993-08-13 Carneys Point, New Jersey Dubuque (USHL) CGY, 104th overall 2011
14 Colorado Dyroff, BrooksBrooks Dyroff Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1990-01-22 Boulder, Colorado Phillips Andover (USHS–MA)
15 Massachusetts Spiro, CamCam Spiro Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1991-12-30 Hingham, Massachusetts Tabor (USHS–MA)
17 British Columbia Straight, DestryDestry Straight Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1993-03-22 West Vancouver, British Columbia Coquitlam (BCHL)
18 Minnesota Sit, MichaelMichael Sit Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1993-02-04 Edina, Minnesota Edina (USHS–MN)
19 Massachusetts Kreider, ChrisChris Kreider Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1991-04-30 Boxford, Massachusetts Phillips Andover (USHS–MA) NYR, 19th overall 2009
21 Massachusetts Whitney, StevenSteven Whitney Junior F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 162 lb (73 kg) 1991-02-18 Reading, Massachusetts Lawrence (USHS–MA)
22 Massachusetts Carey, PaulPaul Carey (A) Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1988-09-24 Weymouth, Massachusetts Indiana (USHL) COL, 135th overall 2007
23 Michigan Brown, PatrickPatrick Brown Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 197 lb (89 kg) 1992-05-29 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Cranbrook-Kingswood (USHS–MI)
24 Massachusetts Arnold, BillBill Arnold Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992-05-13 Needham, Massachusetts US NTDP (USHL) CGY, 108th overall 2010
27 Connecticut Smith, QuinnQuinn Smith Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1992-01-11 Fairfield, Connecticut Avon Old Farms (USHS–CT)
29 Massachusetts Barone, BradBrad Barone Freshman G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1990-12-02 Medfield, Massachusetts South Shore (EJHL)
35 Pennsylvania Milner, ParkerParker Milner Junior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 197 lb (89 kg) 1990-09-06 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Waterloo (USHL)

Standings[edit]

  • On September 27, 2011, BC was picked to finish first in the preseason Hockey East coaches poll.[7]
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#1 Boston Collegedagger* 27 19 7 1 39 96 60 44 33 10 1 157 89
#11 Boston University 27 17 9 1 35 101 70 39 23 15 1 139 112
#9 Massachusetts–Lowell 27 17 9 1 35 90 68 38 24 13 1 126 94
#13 Maine 27 15 10 2 32 91 80 40 23 14 3 133 114
#17 Merrimack 27 13 9 5 31 70 65 37 18 12 7 102 83
New Hampshire 27 11 14 2 24 68 74 37 15 19 3 108 110
Providence 27 10 14 3 23 68 89 38 14 20 4 94 122
Massachusetts 27 9 14 4 22 83 92 36 13 18 5 114 118
Northeastern 27 9 14 4 22 73 82 34 13 16 5 97 101
Vermont 27 3 23 1 7 54 114 34 6 27 1 73 140
Championship: Boston College 4, Maine 1
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll

Schedule[edit]

2011-2012 Regular season[edit]

Date Rank Opponent Time Score Rink
Oct. 7 #5 vs. Michigan StateIce Breaker 5:00 p.m. W 5-2 Ralph Engelstad Arena
Oct. 8 #5 vs. #3 North DakotaIce Breaker 7:37 p.m. W 6-2 Ralph Englestad Arena
Oct. 14 #1 vs. #3 Denver 7:30 p.m. L 4-2 Kelley Rink
Oct. 15 #1 at #15 New Hampshire* 7:00 p.m. W 5-1 Whittemore Center
Oct. 21 #2 vs. Massachusetts* 7:00 p.m. W 4-2 Kelley Rink
Oct. 22 #2 at Northeastern* 7:00 p.m. W 4-3 (OT) Matthews Arena
Oct. 28 #1 at UMass Lowell* 7:00 p.m. W 4-2 Tsongas Center
Oct. 29 #1 vs. UMass Lowell* 7:00 p.m. W 6-3 Kelley Rink
Nov. 4 #1 vs. #20 Maine* 7:00 p.m. W 5-1 Kelley Rink
Nov. 5 #1 at Massachusetts* 7:00 p.m. L 4-2 Mullins Center
Nov. 11 #2 vs. Northeastern* 7:00 p.m. W 2-1 Kelley Rink
Nov. 13 #2 vs. #16 Boston University* (Green Line Rivalry) 4:00 p.m. L 5-0 Kelley Rink
Nov. 18 #3 at #4 Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. L 3-2 (OT) Compton Family Center
Nov. 26 #5 at #8 Yale 4:00 p.m. W 3-2 Ingalls Rink
Dec. 2 #2 vs. #13 Boston University* (Green Line Rivalry) 7:30 p.m. L 5-3 Kelley Rink
Dec. 3 #2 at #13 Boston University* (Green Line Rivalry) 7:00 p.m. W 6-1 Agganis Arena
Dec. 6 #3 vs. #20 Providence* 7:00 p.m. W 4-1 Kelley Rink
Dec. 9 #3 at #18 UMass Lowell* 7:00 p.m. L 3-2 Tsongas Center
Dec. 29 #3 vs. #20 MichiganGLI 7:30 p.m. L 4-2 Joe Louis Arena
Dec. 30 #3 vs. Michigan TechGLI 4:00 p.m. W 2-1 Joe Louis Arena
Jan. 8 #4 vs. #7 Merrimack* 1:00 p.m. T 2-2 Kelley Rink
Jan. 13 #4 at Massachusetts* 7:00 p.m. L 4-0 Mullins Center
Jan. 14 #4 vs. Northeastern* 6:00 p.m. W 2-1 Fenway Park
Jan. 20 #3 at Maine* 7:00 p.m. L 4-3 (OT) Alfond Arena
Jan. 21 #3 at Maine* 7:00 p.m. L 7-4 Alfond Arena
Jan. 27 #7 vs. New Hampshire* 7:00 p.m. W 4-3 Kelley Rink
Jan. 28 #7 at New Hampshire* 7:00 p.m. W 3-2 (OT) Whittemore Center
Feb. 6 #5 vs. NortheasternBeanpot 8:00 p.m. W 7-1 TD Garden
Feb. 10 #5 at Vermont* 7:00 p.m. W 6-1 Gutterson Fieldhouse
Feb. 13 #3 vs. #2 Boston UniversityBeanpot Champ. 7:30 p.m. W 3-2 (OT) TD Garden
Feb. 17 #3 vs. #9 Merrimack* 7:00 p.m. W 4-2 Kelley Rink
Feb. 18 #3 at #9 Merrimack* 7:00 p.m. W 2-1 Lawler Arena
Feb. 24 #2 at Providence* 7:00 p.m. W 3-0 Schneider Arena
Feb. 25 #2 vs. Providence* 7:00 p.m. W 7-0 Kelley Rink
Mar. 2 #1 vs. Vermont* 7:30 p.m. W 5-1 Kelley Rink
Mar. 3 #1 vs. Vermont* 7:00 p.m. W 4-0 Kelley Rink
UML vs. BC at Kelley Rink on Oct. 29, 2011. BC won 6-3.

All times Eastern
Rankings from USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Poll
* = Hockey East Conference Play
Ice Breaker = 15th Annual Ice Breaker Tournament in Grand Forks, ND
GLI = 47th Annual Great Lakes Invitational Tournament in Detroit, MI
Beanpot = 60th Annual Beanpot Tournament in Boston, MA

  • On October 8, Boston College won its third Ice Breaker title by defeating North Dakota 6-2 in Grand Forks, ND. Junior Chris Kreider was named tournament MVP and Parker Milner, Bill Arnold, Kreider, Tommy Cross and Patch Alber earned all-tournament honors.[8]
  • On December 5, freshman forward Johnny Gaudreau and sophomore forward Bill Arnold were named to the United States National Junior preliminary roster.[9]
  • On December 22, sophomore forward Bill Arnold was named to the United States National Junior team for the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Calgary and Edmonton.[10]
  • On February 13, BC won its seventeenth Beanpot title by defeating Boston University 3-2 in overtime of the championship game.
  • On February 17, head coach Jerry York won his 900th career game when the Eagles defeated Merrimack 4-2 in Chestnut Hill. York is only the second coach in college hockey history to reach the 900-win plateau, with Ron Mason being the first.
  • On March 3, the Eagles clinched their twelfth Hockey East Regular Season championship be defeating Vermont 4-0.

2012 Post-Season[edit]

Date Opponent Time Score Rink
Mar. 9 vs. Massachusetts
Hockey East Quarterfinals
7:30 p.m. W 2-1 Conte Forum
Mar. 10 vs. Massachusetts
Hockey East Quarterfinals
7:00 p.m. W 3-2 Conte Form
Mar. 16 vs. Providence
Hockey East Semifinals - Boston, MA
5:00 p.m. W 4-2 TD Garden
Mar. 17 vs. Maine
Hockey East Championship - Boston, MA
8:00 p.m. W 4-1 TD Garden
Mar. 24 vs. Air Force
NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinal - Worcester, MA
4:00 p.m. W 2-0 DCU Center
Mar. 25 vs. Minnesota-Duluth
NCAA Northeast Regional Final- Worcester, MA
8:00 p.m. W 4-0 DCU Center
Apr. 5 vs. Minnesota
NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal - Tampa, FL
8:00 p.m. W 6-1 Tampa Bay Times Forum
Apr. 5 vs. Ferris State
NCAA Frozen Four Championship - Tampa, FL
7:00 p.m. W 4-1 Tampa Bay Times Forum

All times Eastern

  • On March 17, the Eagles defeated the University of Maine by a score of 4-1 to win their 11th Hockey East Tournament Championship.
  • On March 23, BC beat defending National Champion Minnesota-Duluth 4-0 to advance to the schools 23rd overall Frozen Four.
  • The Boston College Eagles won the fifth national championship in school history by defeating Ferris State 4-1 on April 7.

Statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

2011-2012 Statistics
No. Player POS YR GP G A Pts PIM PP SHG GWG +/- SOG
1 Billett, BrianBrian Billett G FR 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 +4 0
2 Dumoulin, BrianBrian Dumoulin D JR 44 7 21 28 26 2 0 2 +27 79
3 Alber, PatchPatch Alber D JR 44 1 13 14 40 0 0 0 +16 36
4 Cross, TommyTommy Cross D SR 44 5 19 24 66 2 0 4 +15 104
5 Begert, MarkMark Begert D FR 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 E 0
6 Wey, PatrickPatrick Wey D JR 32 2 5 7 24 0 0 0 +17 38
7 Macleod, IsaacIsaac Macleod D SO 44 0 6 6 22 0 0 0 +13 23
8 Shea, EdwinEdwin Shea D SR 44 0 7 7 12 0 0 0 +14 41
9 Almeida, BarryBarry Almeida F SR 44 22 18 40 22 11 2 2 +15 114
10 Linell, DannyDanny Linell F FR 40 3 3 6 2 0 0 1 E 43
11 Mullane, PatPat Mullane F JR 44 10 29 39 39 0 1 1 +12 93
12 Hayes, KevinKevin Hayes F SO 44 7 21 28 10 3 0 3 +9 75
13 Gaudreau, JohnnyJohnny Gaudreau F FR 44 21 23 44 10 7 0 5 +20 124
14 Dyroff, BrooksBrooks Dyroff F JR 11 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 -1 1
15 Spiro, CamCam Spiro F FR 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 E 2
17 Straight, DestryDestry Straight F FR 43 3 7 10 22 0 0 1 +9 34
18 Sit, MichaelMichael Sit F FR 39 0 3 3 10 0 0 0 -3 19
19 Kreider, ChrisChris Kreider F JR 44 23 22 45 66 7 3 5 +9 139
21 Whitney, StevenSteven Whitney F JR 44 16 23 39 65 2 3 2 +15 110
22 Carey, PaulPaul Carey F SR 44 18 12 30 30 5 1 3 +15 152
23 Brown, PatrickPatrick Brown F SO 13 1 0 1 6 0 0 0 -3 11
24 Arnold, BillBill Arnold F SO 42 17 19 36 46 3 1 4 +16 81
27 Smith, QuinnQuinn Smith F FR 32 1 3 4 8 0 0 0 +1 21
28 Atkinson, TommyTommy Atkinson F SR 10 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 E 6
29 Barone, BradBrad Barone G FR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
30 Venti, ChrisChris Venti G SR 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
35 Milner, ParkerParker Milner G JR 34 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 +50 0
Bench, Bench 10
Team 44 157 257 414 554 42 11 33 +48 1346

Goaltenders[edit]

2011-2012 Statistics
No. Player YR GP MIN W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
1 Billett, BrianBrian Billett FR 8 450:39 3 4 1 20 2.66 216 196 .907 0
29 Barone, BradBrad Barone FR 0 0:00 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 .000 0
30 Venti, ChrisChris Venti SR 5 165:20 1 1 0 6 2.18 58 52 .897 0
35 Milner, ParkerParker Milner JR 34 2055:47 29 5 0 57 1.66 909 852 .937 3

Awards and Honors[edit]

Conference, National, and Tournament Awards[edit]

Team Awards[12][edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]