Kneel before your new college hockey king.
This particular Saturday evening in Minnesota will be remembered by Boston College fans for a long while as it was the night that delivered history to the Heights. The #1 Boston College Eagles men’s hockey team defeated the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, 5-2, in their first game of the Mariucci Classic. The win improves the Eagles to 12-2-1, but more importantly awards head coach Jerry York his 925th career victory. He now passes former Michigan State coach Ron Mason for the most wins all-time.
Boston College got off to a fast start, going ahead 3-0 in the first period on contributions from some of the roleplayers as opposed to the team’s star power. Danny Linell and Cam Spiro each had a goal and an assist in the first, while Bill Arnold had the third goal of the period. For Spiro, it was his first goal as an Eagle.
Shots on goal favored UAH in the early going, however, as the Eagles’ offensive attack began to slow down and the Chargers got some opportunities, particularly on the power play. Jeff Vanderlugt cashed one in during the second period for UAH’s first goal, but by then, they were already down 4-0 and the damage had been done. Huntsville also changed their goalie during the game, exchanging John Griggs for Gregg Gruehl. The latter did a far better job than the starting goalie, but again, it was too little, too late and UAH could not match BC’s offensive output. Boston College tacked on more in the third to seal the deal.
Of course, nobody will remember the particulars of the game. The only item of importance was Jerry York’s record-setting win. York is one of the finest representatives of Boston College that there is; he embodies the character and sense of determination that one would expect of a Boston College Eagle and we are all incredibly proud to call him one of us.
BC will have a Frozen Four rematch against Minnesota on Sunday night, but in the meantime, this victory must be celebrated. Congratulations, Coach York, and thank you for all you have done and continue to do.