by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Jerry York
2006-2007 record: 29-12-1 (18-8-1 Hockey East); National Runner-Up
Key Returnees: Mike Brennan D SR., Dan Bertram F SR., Matt Greene F SR., Nathan Gerbe F JR., Brock Bradford F JR., Benn Ferriero F JR., Brett Motherwell D JR., Tim Filingieri D JR., Ben Smith F SO.
Key Losses: Cory Schneider (underclassmen), Brian Boyle, Joe Rooney
After a heartbreaking loss in the Beanpot against Boston University, the Boston College Eagles were 16-11-1 and on the outside looking in for an NCAA tournament spot. Things would change after that when the Eagles swept their next three opponents (Maine, Mass.-Lowell and New Hampshire).
After that, the Eagles captured second place and breezed their way to another Hockey East tournament championship their seventh title and second in their last three years, only to fall agonizingly close to a national title for the second straight year.
"I was proud of the club," said head coach Jerry York.
"We always envisioned going to the Frozen Four from the beginning of the year. Although we didn't win the National Championship, we still accomplished the goal of making the Frozen Four."
Now that 2006-07 is behind, the 2007-08 squad has the potential to be very exciting at The Heights. There will be some questions that will need to be answered such as the goaltending situation.
With Cory Schneider signing a pro contract, the competition in net is up in the air. But there is one goaltender coming in with a lot of prestige, John Muse.
"I feel good about the situation," said York. "Muse had great stats before he got here, has proved himself in the previous level and right now we will rely on him coming into the season."
The other two goaltenders looking for that starting job are incoming freshman Andrew Margolin and Alex Kramer, who played for the club team last season.
No matter if it is Muse, Kramer or Margolin, the defense surrounding them will help them out a lot.
"We return a number of players," York mentions about his defense. "They are a veteran squad who all are very solid." York mentions that the team will look upon Mike Brennan the most as the leader (and the team captain for 2007-08).
As far as Muse and the rest of the class of 2011 goes, York said, "I am still not sure on how they will develop. We have to watch and see how they perform but they are all committed to becoming very good hockey players."
The 2007-08 Boston College Eagles will be very interesting to watch.
"We have three key players to replace," York mentioned about losing Schneider, captain Brian Boyle and assistant captain Joe Rooney. "We had a step in the right direction last year and we have enough talent to be very solid."
Right now BC is still a favorite in Hockey East (along with New Hampshire) even though they lost two All-Americans. Right now there is a potential of a dog fight between the Eagles and UNH, and the rest of the league will look to dethrone those two powers.