Eagles' York notches 900th win
Warriors dig 4-0 hole at Heights
On Monday night, third-ranked Boston College earned its third consecutive Beanpot championship with a 3-2 victory over rival Boston University at TD Garden.
Last night, the Eagles celebrated another triumph - coach Jerry York’s 900th career win - by beating No. 9 Merrimack, 4-2, in front of 7,390 at Conte Forum.
York is just the second coach in NCAA history, joining Ron Mason, to reach that milestone.
“When you sign up for a team sport, whether you’re coaching or you’re a player, it’s never about individual awards or accomplishments,’’ said the 66-year-old York, who got his first win Nov. 10, 1972, a 13-0 Clarkson triumph over the University of Quebec. “I’ve never thought going into the game, ‘If I can get this win, I can get 50 wins or I can get 100 wins.’ It’s something that doesn’t really motivate me.
“We try to win trophies. When you’re a team, in a team setting, that’s got to be your goal. Boston College has provided all of us here with an opportunity to really chase some trophies. But I am exceptionally proud of the fact that I’ve lasted this long in the profession because it’s hard to do.’’
With the win, and BU’s 7-4 victory over UMass-Lowell, the Eagles and Terriers moved into a tie for first place in Hockey East.
BC (20-10-1, 14-7-1 Hockey East) raced to a 2-0 lead in the opening period. Junior defenseman Patrick Wey potted his first goal of the season and second of his career when he took a pass from Steven Whitney, who was skating through the left circle.
Wey, the late man, collected the puck and beat Joe Cannata (25 saves) from the slot at 10:51.
Freshman left wing Johnny Gaudreau, who had 10 points in his last seven games heading into last night, tallied his 14th goal of the season off a rebound of a Danny Linell shot at 13:53.
Merrimack (15-8-6, 11-7-4) struggled mightily in the period, generating just one shot on net to BC’s 11.
The Eagles added a third goal at 6:47 of the second during a power play. Tommy Cross sent the puck down from the point and senior left wing Barry Almeida redirected it past Cannata.
At 16:23, BC made it a four-goal lead on senior right wing Paul Carey’s 10th of the year.
Merrimack captain Karl Stollery put his team on the board at 17:53.
Sophomore defenseman Jordan Heywood cut the deficit to two on a goal that Parker Milner (17 saves) would no doubt like to have back.
Heywood skated over the blue line and let the puck fly. It sailed past Milner 31 seconds into the third.
Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy said York deserves a tip of the cap.
“Holy smokes, 900 wins,’’ he said. “At the rate I’m going, I’ll be about 275 years old by the time I get 900 wins. He’s done it at Bowling Green, he’s done it at Clarkson, and what he’s done here is pretty well documented. He deserves a lot of credit.’’
Dennehy said his team got off to a slow start but got better. He expects his squad to be better prepared going into tonight’s rematch at Lawler Arena.
“We’ve got to do a better job of being ready to play against a team of that caliber,’’ said Dennehy. “Our guys kept battling, which I was proud of. It’ll be a different game tomorrow, but we’ve always played this team well at home.’’
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