AMHERST, Mass. – The snowstorm isn’t the only storm that took place in Amherst last Friday night. As the hash tag #JY1K gusted through the Boston College community, the Boston College Men’s Ice Hockey team swept past University of Massachusetts Amherst at Mullins Center with an 8-0 victory, allowing Boston College coach Jerry York to reach his 1,000th win as the winningest head coach for his 1,703 game career.
The one sided game took off just five minutes into the first period when Josh Couturier slid a pass to Ian McCoshen for a slap shot through traffic and into the net. Three minutes later Zach Sanford won a puck out the Minutemen’s corner to Steve Santini who then finds Alex Tuch on the left side to finish it off. Then one minute later, after a quick turnover, Chris Calnan backhands the puck past goalie Alex Wakaluk for a 3-0 lead at 6:59 left in the first period.
But the period did not end there yet. After Defenseman Michael Kim saves a rush by UMass, Matthew Gaudreau moved the puck towards Colin White who quickly put one away at 15:12 for a 4-0 nothing lead. Although White is called for a slashing penalty right after, Miles Wood rushed a short-handed goal after Scott Savage wrangled it from the Minutemen to make it a 5-0 for the first period.
Even with the huge lead, the Boston College Eagles did not stop in the second period. After McCoshen penalized for roughing at 2:03, Steve Santini sent a pass out to Austin Cangelosi with Wood right behind him. Cangelosi then proceeded to drop the puck off between his legs for Wood to carry it all the way to the far post to pass it back to Cangelosi where he finishes it off for a second short-handed goal of the day. Teddy Doherty then proceeded to net the first power play goal by BC at 11:38 when he caught a rebound from an open look by McCoshen. As the second period came near to a conclusion, Michael Kim, the game has been his 6th career game with the Eagles, sent a strong slapshot to the net as Ryan Fitzgerald tipped the puck in with his stick to make it the 8-0 lead. Each of these 8 goals were scored by 8 different players with Matthew Gaudreau with the most assists with 2. This made it a game since January 31, 2003 against, again, Massachusetts, where the Eagles defeated a Hockey East team by more than eight goals.
Jerry York was not the only one with the numbers Friday night. Both Austin Cangelosi and Ryan Fitzgerald played their 100th career games while Goalie Thatcher Demko took his 10th career shutout home with 20 saves and winning his 50th career game. Cangelosi and Wood also scored their first career short-handed goal while Michael Kim picked up his first career point after only joining the Eagles a few weeks ago. On the other hand, University of Massachusetts made 20 shots on goal but none of them made it in.
Jerry York is the first ever head coach to win a 1000 games in college hockey. He is also second in hockey history after Scotty Bowman, who coached for the NHL, which has 1244 wins. York also helped graduate 65 players into the NHL, 3 of them winning the Hobey Baker Award, recent one to be Johnny Gaudreau playing for the Calgary Flames. He also carries 5 NCAA titles and 8 Beanpot titles at the TD Garden.
After the game, many people congratulated York on his achievement for his 1000th win. Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted “Congrats to @BostonCollege and hockey coach Jerry York on reaching 1,000 wins! Where are we going? #Beanpot cc: @CityofBoston” Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots also sent a video letter saying “That’s a tremendous accomplishment for you and your program. Couldn’t be happier for you.”(Youtube) The Eagles are looking for York’s 1001th win against UConn home at Chestnut Hill on Saturday January 23rd at 7p.m. ET. University of Massachusetts Amherst will be looking into picking up their 8th win against Vermont on Saturday after this big loss against Boston College.