Boston College walks over UMass as hockey coach Jerry York earns wins No. 1000



Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

AMHERST — In the record books, the UMass hockey team will be an ugly footnote to Boston College coach Jerry York’s historic night.

Already the winningest coach in college hockey history, York entered the game bidding to become the first coach to crack 1,000 wins. His milestone was all but assured well before the first period ended as the No. 4-ranked Eagles blasted UMass, 8-0, Friday at the Mullins Center.

UMass coach John Micheletto congratulated York on his achievement, but was frustrated with his own team’s showing.

“Obviously we wish we weren’t on the historical end of this,” Micheletto said. “There were a lot of goals off bad turnovers in the first period. At that point you have to lay in the bed that you made.”

BC won the season series 2-0 by a combined score of 15-0. UMass (7-13-4, 2-8-4 Hockey East) will host Vermont, Saturday at 7 p.m.

Win No. 1,000 wasn’t as lopsided as win No 1. At Clarkson in 1972, he beat Queens College, 13-0.

With 30 seconds left, BC fans chanted “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry” until the final buzzer. Captain Teddy Doherty grabbed his coach a puck. York downplayed the moment.

“We’re in a really tight pennant race. We never talked about ‘hey coach is chasing a milestone.’ It’s not part of my fabric, not part of my makeup,” said York, who was glad it was over. “It takes away from our team and this particular year and this particular group of guys. It’s good to get it over with.”

The combination of the chance to see history, a top-five opponent and the return of the students gave the Mullins Center its biggest crowd of the season at 4,673. Most were long gone before the game ended.

UMass got a boost before the game when Dennis Kravchenko and Marc Hetnik returned the lineup after missing time with injury. The good news ended there.

BC (16-4-3, 9-1-3 Hockey East) took a 1-0 lead 4 minutes, 49 second into the game and double it just over three minutes later.

Goal No. 3 briefly chased freshman goalie Nic Renyard with 5:47 left in the first. But junior Alex Wakaluk allowed goals on the only two shots he saw, including a short-handed tally with 2:06 left to make it 5-0 after one.

Micheletto went back to Renyard for the second period and BC added another short-handed goal, 2:28 into the frame. The Eagles tacked on two more in the second. Neither team scored in the third.

Eight players will be able to say they scored a goal in York’s 1,000th win, and 14 of the 18 Eagles who dressed had at least a point. BC outshot UMass 38-20 as Renyard finished with 30 saves.

Micheletto said he tried to pick his team up after the game, its fifth straight loss.

“Sometimes in hockey, in school and in life, there are times when things aren’t going your way. I wanted to let them know that we were there for them,” he said. “As bleak as it sometimes feels, especially for young people, I wanted to remind them that they’re good people and good hockey players and that we’re going to get through this together.”

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage


 

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