Notre Dame-Boston College hockey capsule
WHO: Notre Dame (11-5-1) vs. Boston College (6-6-2).
WHERE: Charles W. “Lefty” Smith Rink (5,022) at Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend.
WHEN: Monday at 5:05 p.m.
TV/STREAMING: NBC Sports Chicago+, NBC Sports Philadelphia+, SNY and streaming on NBC Sports App.
RADIO: WZOC-FM (94.3).
RIVALRY: Only scheduled meeting with Boston College holding 21-19 edge in series that includes three ties. … Teams split two games in 2016-17 season, Notre Dame’s last in Hockey East: Irish won 3-2 in South Bend on Dec. 10, 2016; Golden Eagles prevailed 6-4 at Chestnut Hill on Jan. 28, 2017.
RANKINGS: In Dec. 10 USCHO.com (media) poll, Notre Dame was No. 6 and Boston College was receiving votes. … In Dec. 17 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (coaches) poll, Notre Dame was No. 6.
SHAVINGS: Golden Eagles started season 0-5 but are 6-1-2 since. … Junior left wing David Cotton (11-7-18), junior center Julius Mattila (6-8-14) and sophomore right wing Logan Hutsko (4-8-12) make up top line, while seniors Michael Kim (0-7-7) and Casey Fitzgerald (0-6-6) anchor defense. … Junior goaltender Joseph Woll is 5-6-2 with 1.99 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and two shutouts. … Junior right wing Cal Burke (9-10-19), senior defenseman Bobby Nardella (5-12-17) and senior left wing Dylan Malmquist (5-11-16) pace Irish in scoring. … Junior Cale Morris has 8-5-1 record with 2.28 average, .928 save percentage and one shutout. … Jeff Jackson is 307-182-55 at Notre Dame and 489-234-80 record in 20 seasons as head coach includes NCAA titles in 1992 and 1994 at Lake Superior State and seven Frozen Four appearances, four at Notre Dame including 2017 and 2018. … Jerry York is in his 47th year as a head coach, the last 25 at his alma mater, and college hockey’s all-time winningest coach at 1,059-634-119. … York coached Bowling Green to 1984 NCAA title and has added four more at Boston College, including 2008 with 4-1 win over Irish in Denver.
QUOTING JACKSON: (On first half) “If you had told me at the beginning of the year that we’d be sitting at 11-5-1, I’d say that was pretty good considering we’ve had one of the toughest strength of schedules in the country. The second half won’t be any easier, but considering we had all those young guys (eight freshmen) to break in, I think we made some good progress.”
(Going up against Boston College and coach Jerry York) “They started off slow this season, but they’ve certainly elevated their game in the last six weeks. Jerry is a great coach and they always play a high-speed, high-tempo transition game. They always give you trouble with their speed. And they’ve got one of the top goaltenders in the country in Joe Woll.”
— John Fineran, Tribune Correspondent