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February 15, 2013

Top spot showdown: Defending national champions Boston College play at Merrimack tonight with first place at stake

National champion BC plays at Merrimack tonight for first place

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Not that the Eagles has been the only team to have their share of struggles at Lawler -- Merrimack is 42-14-8 there in the last four seasons.

”They obviously play very well at home,” York said. “I think you’ll find that throughout the country too, that most teams play better at home. But, they have a style that’s very tough to play against. We know that from earlier this year (Merrimack lead the Eagles 3-0 before falling 4-3 at Conte Forum in November). You really need to be ready to play a tough game when you play Merrimack. You know that they’re going to come after you and really battle hard. Lately, they have been getting some great play from their goaltender, (Sam) Marotta, and Mike Collins has been one of the best players there is, so we need to be ready.”

This seems to be the time of year York’s teams catch fire. Around the Chestnut Hill campus, it’s affectionately referred to as “trophy season.”

Already 3-0 this month after a dismal January (the Eagles went 2-4-1), BC has gone 48-4-3 since February 1 over the last four seasons. Last year, the Eagles didn’t lose a game after Jan. 21, winning 19 straight games to close out another banner year.

“We’re in a team sport and our goal, as a team, is always to win trophies,” York said. “Boston College has given us all the resources we need to really go after and chase a lot of trophies. We’ve been able to bring our game to a new level and have been fortunate enough to do so at times that have allowed us to win some of those. I think our experience has helped, too. You look back at those teams and everything really started with the Beanpot. If we’re able to win that trophy, that’s really set us in motion.”

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