Freshman Goalie Sets N.C.A.A. Record

Boston College freshman hockey player Scott Clemmensen set an National Collegiate Athletic Association record last Saturday night for scoreless goaltending.

During the Eagles' 6-3 win over UMass-Amherst in Conte Forum, Clemmensen established a new standard of 254 minutes and 23 seconds - a span of five games - without having allowed a goal. Clemmensen entered the game needing 8:57 of shutout play to break the old record of 250:30, set in 1954. His streak finally ended at the 12:49 mark of the first period, but BC scored the next three goals and, although Clemmensen allowed two subsequent goals, won the game.

"I didn't know how long I had to go to get the record until the night before," said Clemmensen, a native of Urbandale, Iowa, who began playing hockey at age 7. "It added an extra dimension, a challenge to shoot for. It was kind of disappointing to give up the goal - no one likes to get scored on - but I was able to get back to concentrating on just winning the game."
Scott Clemmensen '01.

Clemmensen had to wait for his chance at the record: Last Friday's snowstorm forced cancellation of the game at UMass-Amherst; the teams met the next day in a previously scheduled contest at BC.

"It was a little frustrating, because I was all prepared to go out and play on Friday," he said. "But it was nice to have the opportunity to set the record on home ice."

-Sean Smith

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