For the Eagle’s, the only talk this season has been of a repeat.
“There’s been no ‘We won one last year, let’s kind of take a year off.’ It’s always been right from October, ‘Hey let’s go win another one,’” head coach Jerry York said on WBZ-TV’s Sports Final Sunday night.
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The Eagles beat Merrimack 5-3 Saturday night to capture the Hockey East title, and are now heading to the NCAA Tournament ranked third overall. They were named a one-seed in the West Region, and will take on Colorado Friday night at 9:00 p.m. BC was led by Junior forward Cam Atkinson, who scored his team leading 30th goal of the season against Merrimack. Atkinson is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to college hockey’s best player.
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The Eagles finished the season 30-7-1 and have won eight straight heading into the tournament. It will be their 30th NCAA Tournament appearance and 12th under York.
Early in the season the Eagles got a visit from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, a visit York said left a big impression on his team.
“Like he said, ‘I might not know a lot about hockey guys, but I know a little bit about winning and forming teams,’” York recalled. “Then he went on talking about those characteristics, how you get a team focused. I remember Joe Whitney, our captain, asked, ‘Coach, we won a championship last year, how do we go about winning it this year?’ and he said, ‘Hey, one day at a time. Just try to be better tomorrow than you were today. Next week you’ll be better than you were this week. Just focus short term.’ Outstanding thoughts he had.”