Boston College head coach Jerry York broke the NCAA’s ice hockey wins record with his 925th victory on Saturday after BC’s topped Alabama-Huntsville 5-2, as the Minnesota Tribune’s Michael Russo reports.
He broke a tie with former Michigan State head coach Ron Mason to take the record. That win pushed first-ranked BC’s record to 12-2-1 this season, while York’s overall coaching record is 925-559-95.
York did his best to be humble about the impressive achievement.
“Coaches coach. We play to win trophies. Despite all the hoopla, it never really entered my mind,” York said. “We always talk in our program, there’s no personal goals. We’re not trying to become Hobey Baker [winners] and All-Americans.”
“Golfers, they want to win a Masters … It’s not what we’re about with the Eagles. I’ve always been about the team. I haven’t really sought individual goals.”
York’s teams have managed to hit some serious collective goals, as well. His teams won five national championships overall, with four of them coming during his time with BC.
(He also coached at Clarkson and Bowling Green.)
Considering the fact that he’s been a head coach since 1972, it’s natural to wonder if he’s near the end, yet York seems content to continue coaching.
“I feel good, I feel healthy, I enjoy what I do,” York said. “As long as BC feels I’ve done a good job, I’ll keep on moving.”
There’s still plenty of time for more mayhem and GAA-wrecking mischief, but no matter what, this year’s Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers series is the stuff of NHL history. Here’s a look (based on an infographic from NBC Sports Network) at the most goals scored in the first four games of a playoff series in NHL history:
2011-12 Penguins vs. Flyers: 45 goals
1984-85 Oilers vs. Blackhawks: 44
1976-77 Kings vs. Bruins: 43
According to NBC’s Tom Layberger, this game also ties the Flyers’ franchise record for goals allowed in a single playoff game. Interestingly enough, the Penguins scored 10 goals against Philly on that night, too; Pittsburgh found the net 10 times on April 25, 1989 in the Patrick Division finals. That same game also set the (now-tied) mark for most Penguins goals scored in a single game.
Pens Radio Network reports that they tied a team record for goals scored in a period on the road (five) and the most unanswered goals they’ve scored in a playoff games with eight.
John Kreiser points out that the Penguins are the first road team to score 10 goals in the playoffs since April 17, 1983, when the Oilers crushed the Flames 10-2.
One can only imagine what other records might fall in the extremely likely scenario that these two teams meet in a Game 5 (and beyond?).
The Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2011-12 campaign might be one nail in the coffin away from dead, but at least it’s a very different story with their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. The Admirals earned a 5-0 victory over Charlotte on Sunday to extend their winning streak to a single-season record breaking 18 games.
The current NHL record is 17 wins, set by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992-93. However, the Admirals will need to win one more contest if they want to set the overall record for an AHL winning streak. Syracuse previously won 18 games over the course of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 campaigns.
Norfolk has scored 76 goals to the oppositions 29 over this stretch. This certainly gives Lightning fans some extra hope for the future, even if their present isn’t looking so grand.
The Detroit Red Wings are almost always formidable at Joe Louis Arena, but in 2011-12, they’ve been historically tough. They earned their 15th consecutive home win with a 5-0 victory against the Buffalo Sabres, breaking a franchise record set in the days of Gordie Howe in 1965.
Detroit hit this historic mark the same way they began this run: beating a struggling team 5-0. They started the streak doing so with the Anaheim Ducks and continued it by chasing Ryan Miller early in the second period tonight. Oddly enough, this road defeat extends the Buffalo Sabres’ franchise record for consecutive away losses with nine.
With an 18-2-1 overall record in Detroit, the Red Wings have as much incentive as any team to secure one of the top three seeds. That won’t come easily, however, as their 11-13-0 away record explains why they’re looking up at the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division.
Still, when a Detroit team sends a new mark for excellence, it’s a special thing – even if most Red Wings players will probably shrug it off.
Watch highlights of Detroit’s 15th win in a row at home below:
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