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Spotlight On: Mike Brennan

by Avash Kalra/Staff Writer

With all the distractions the Eagles have faced this season, including the loss of four key players from a season ago, senior captain Mike Brennan has helped keep the team together and focused.

"When you lose players of that caliber, it's kind of a shock at first," said Brennan, referring in part to goaltender Cory Schneider and center Brock Bradford. "You have to take it in stride and just move forward. You could pack it in, or you could just move forward, and that's what we've been able to do."

And while freshman goaltender John Muse has played all 2605 of BC's minutes in net, Brennan can relate to that type of durability. The Smithtown, N.Y., native has played in all 166 games in his four-year career, while also being named to the Hockey East All-Academic team every year.

Along with his classmates, he will be playing in his third Frozen Four.

Said Brennan, "We pride ourselves at peaking at playoff time and playing our best hockey at the right times. We have a goalie playing outstanding right now. We're as close as any team has ever been, in practice, and the locker room. And you've really got to enjoy the process of getting there, and we've been doing that."

After a season opening loss to Michigan, BC found itself down 1-0 to Rensselaer the following night. Brennan kick-started the Eagles' comeback victory with a shorthanded goal near the end of the first period — the type of goal that a captain scores.

Now, he'll lead his team into yet another Frozen Four appearance.

"He's a winner," said coach Jerry York. "He's very durable, and he's an outstanding captain."

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