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Friday, April 09, 2010

Wisconsin-BC pre-game notes

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

The Series – Boston College vs. Wisconsin

· Boston College holds the edge in the all-time series with Wisconsin, owning a record of 11-9-0. UW and BC have met in NCAA tournament games three times previously. Boston College defeated Wisconsin, 4-1, on March 25, 2000, in the second round in Minneapolis, while the Badgers defeated BC in the semifinals in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on March 20, 1990, 2-1, on the way to the 1990 NCAA title. Wisconsin also defeated BC in the 2006 NCAA Championship Game, 2-1, on April 8, 2006 in Milwaukee.

Boston College

· Boston College is making its fourth trip to the NCAA National Championship game in the last five years. In their most recent trip, the Eagles defeated Notre Dame, 2-1, to capture the school’s third national title. Overall, this is Boston College’s 10th appearance in the Men’s Frozen Four Championship game.

· BC head coach Jerry York is making his seventh trip to the NCAA Championship game and sixth during his tenure at Boston College. York won his first NCAA title in 1984, as he guided Bowling Green to the school’s only national championship. While at Boston College, York has earned two national championships, his first in 2001 and again in 2008. York owns a 3-4 record in championship games.

Wisconsin

· This marks the third time the Badgers will play for a National Championship in the city of Detroit. UW won the 1977 NCAA title at Olympia Stadium, beating Michigan, 6-5, in overtime. The Badgers also earned the NCAA Championship in 1990, taking down Colgate, 7-3, at Joe Louis Arena.

· The Badgers are appearing in the national title game for the ninth time in school history and the second time in the last four years. Wisconsin’s last trip to the Championship game was a successful one, as the Badgers took down Boston College, 2-1, in the 2006 NCAA title game held in Milwaukee.

· Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves is making his second appearance in the NCAA title game in just his ninth season behind the Badgers bench. Eaves was victorious in his only other trip to the championship game, beating Boston College, 2-1, during the 2006 title game.

· With five assists in Thursday’s semifinal win over RIT, Wisconsin junior Brendan Smith tied the Frozen Four record for helpers in a single game. The record is also held by Bob Poffenroth, a member of the 1969-70 Badgers squad. Poffenroth tallied five assists in a 6-5 victory over Michigan Tech in the third-place game.

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