Holy War on Ice

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Holy War on Ice
Sport College ice hockey
First meeting December 20, 1969
Boston College 7, Notre Dame 3
Latest meeting February 28, 2015
Notre Dame 3, Boston College 1
Next meeting December 10, 2015
Trophy Lefty Smith - John "Snooks" Kelley Memorial Trophy
Statistics
Meetings total 39
All-time series Boston College leads 20–17–2
Largest victory Notre Dame, 14–3 (1971)
Longest win streak Boston College, 4 (1977–1991)
Longest unbeaten streak Boston College, 8 (1995–2002)
Current win streak Notre Dame, 1 (2015–present)
Current unbeaten streak Notre Dame, 1 (2015–present)

The Holy War on Ice refers to the college ice hockey series between Boston College and Notre Dame, both currently members of Hockey East. The two teams first met in 1969, predating the football rivalry from which the hockey series gets its name.

The teams play for the Lefty Smith - John "Snooks" Kelley Memorial Trophy.

History[edit]

The men's ice hockey series between the two schools originated in 1969, predating the football rivalry. Since Jerry York began his tenure as coach at BC in 1994, the series has been played regularly, receiving the moniker "Holy War on Ice," a reference to the football rivalry.[1][2][3]

Boston College leads the all-time series 20-17-2, with the last meeting resulting in a 3-1 Notre Dame victory on February 28, 2015 in South Bend.

The victor of the annual game between the Eagles and Irish is awarded the Lefty Smith - John "Snooks" Kelley Memorial Trophy, named for the teams' coaches when the series began in 1969.[4]

In 2008, the two schools met in the 2008 Frozen Four final in Denver, CO, the first time the Eagles and Irish have met in the NCAA Tournament. Boston College skated to a 4-1 victory, claiming their third national championship and denying Notre Dame, a four-seed, the program's first.[5][6]

Notre Dame joined Boston College in Hockey East in 2013.[7] At the same time, the school's other non-football sports joined Boston College's primary conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference, expanding the 2-sport rivalry into an all-sports one.[8]

The two teams met in the 2014 Hockey East Tournament, in the first year of Notre Dame's league membership, playing in the best-of-three Quarterfinals at BC's Kelley Rink. The Eagles were the top seed of the tournament, having won the conference's regular season title, whereas the Irish, who defeated Boston University 3–2 in the Opening round, were seeded 8th. The Irish defeated the Eagles in three games, winning the first and third game, with the Eagles winning the second game. This marked the first time since 2004 that BC had lost in the quarterfinal round of the Hockey East tournament, as well as the first time they were knocked out of the tournament by an 8th seeded team, also in 2004. The Irish's first advancement in the Hockey East tournament was met by a loss to the eventual winners UMass Lowell in the semifinal.

Game Results[edit]

Boston College victories Notre Dame victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 December 20, 1969 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 7–3
2 December 29, 1969 South Bend, IN Boston College 7–4
3 December 30, 1970 Chestnut Hill, MA Notre Dame 5–3
4 December 18, 1971 Chicago, IL Notre Dame 14–3
5 December 20, 1971 New York, NY Notre Dame 7–4
6 December 22, 1972 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 11–4
7 December 30, 1973 South Bend, IN Boston College 4–3
8 December 22, 1974 Chestnut Hill, MA Notre Dame 7–4
9 December 22, 1975 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 6–5
10 December 19, 1976 Chestnut Hill, MA Notre Dame 7–4
11 December 23, 1977 South Bend, IN Boston College 8–4
12 December 22, 1978 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 10–5
13 January 5, 1989 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 7–5
14 January 4, 1991 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 8–1
15 December 28, 1994 Chestnut Hill, MA Notre Dame 3–2
16 October 27, 1995 South Bend, IN Boston College 7–5
17 November 8, 1996 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 6–1
18 October 24, 1997 South Bend, IN Boston College 3–2
19 November 6, 1998 Chestnut Hill, MA Tie 5–5
20 October 13, 2000 Omaha, NE Boston College 4–1
21 November 10, 2000 South Bend, IN Boston College 5–3
# Date Location Winner Score
22 October 26, 2001 South Bend, IN Boston College 4–1
23 November 1, 2002 South Bend, IN Tie 3–3
24 October 24, 2003 Chestnut Hill, MA Notre Dame 1–0
25 October 22, 2004 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 3–2
26 October 20, 2006 Chestnut Hill, MA Notre Dame 7–1
27 April 12, 2008 Denver, CO Boston College 4–1
28 November 7, 2008 Chestnut Hill, MA Notre Dame 4–1
29 October 23, 2009 South Bend, IN Boston College 3–2
30 October 23, 2010 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 2–1
31 November 18, 2011 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 3–2
32 November 9, 2012 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 3–1
33 January 4, 2014 Boston, MA Boston College 4–3
34 March 1, 2014 Chestnut Hill, MA Notre Dame 2–1
35 March 14, 2014 Chestnut Hill, MA Notre Dame 7–2
36 March 15, 2014 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 4–2
37 March 16, 2014 Chestnut Hill, MA Notre Dame 4–2
38 February 27, 2015 South Bend, IN Boston College 2–0
39 February 28, 2015 South Bend, IN Notre Dame 3–1
40 December 10, 2015 Chestnut Hill, MA
41 January 29, 2016 South Bend, IN
Series: Boston College leads 20–17–2


Series facts[edit]

Statistic BC ND
Games played 39
Wins 20 17
Home wins 8 5
Road wins 9 10
Neutral site wins 3 2
Most goals scored in a game by one team 11 ('72) 14 ('71)
Most goals in a game by both teams 17 (1971 - ND 14, BC 3)
Fewest goals in a game by both teams 1 (2003 - ND 1, BC 0)
Fewest goals scored in a game by one team in a win 2 ('15) 1 ('03)
Most goals scored in a game by one team in a loss 5 ('75) 5 ('78, '89, '95)
Largest margin of victory 7 ('72, '91) 11 ('71)
Smallest margin of victory 1 ('73, '97, '09, '14) 1 ('75, '94, '03, '04, '10, '11, '14)
Longest winning streak 4 ('77-'91) 3 ('70-'71, '74-'76, '03-'06)
Longest unbeaten streak 8 ('95-'02) 4 ('02-'06)

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