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MINNEAPOLIS — Boston College head coach Jerry York became the NCAA hockey career victory leader on Saturday, directing the top-ranked Eagles to a 5-2 win against Alabama-Huntsville in the Mariucci Classic.

The 67-year-old York is 925-558-95 in 41 seasons to move past former Michigan State coach Ron Mason for the record. In 19 seasons at Boston College, York is 458-223-61.

York downplayed the accomplishment.

“I’ve always been about the team,” York said. “When I was a player, I was like that. Since I’ve been a coach, I’ve been like that. I’ve never really sought individual goals.”

York began his career as a 26-year-old head coach at Clarkson in 1972, then took over for Mason at Bowling Green before heading to Boston College. He has won four national titles with the Eagles to go with one at Bowling Green.

York’s teams have a record 37 wins in the NCAA tournament. They have won the Hockey East tournament nine times and five Beanpot titles — including the last three in a row.

York said his thoughts Saturday were on beating the Chargers.

“Our focus is on our team,” York said. “We have a chance to win a trophy. We’re focused squarely on our team.”

York said he plans to keep coaching as long at Boston College will let him.

“I feel good. I feel healthy. I enjoy what I do,” York said. “As long as BC feels as though I’m doing a good job, I’ll keep on moving.”

York’s team got off to a fast start. Cam Spiro scored his first college goal 2:53 into the game, and Bill Arnold and Danny Linell added goals for the Eagles in the opening period. Brendan Silk and Steven Whitney also scored for BC (12-2-1), and Parker Milner made 26 saves.

Jeff Vanderlugt and Craig Pierce scored for Alabama-Huntsville (3-15-1).

JERRY YORK'S COACHING RECORD
YEAR SCHOOL W- L -T PCT.
1972-73 Clarkson 18-15 .545
1973-74 Clarkson 12-14-1 .463
1974-75 Clarkson 13-15-1 .466
1975-76 Clarkson 18-12-1 .597
1976-77 Clarkson 26-8 .765
1977-78 Clarkson 19-11 .633
1978-79 Clarkson 19-12 .613
1979-80 Bowling Green 16-20-2 .447
1980-81 Bowling Green 13-24-2 .359
1981-82 Bowling Green 27-13-2 .667
1982-83 Bowling Green 28-8-4 .750
1983-84 Bowling Green 34-8-2 .795
1984-85 Bowling Green 21-21 .500
1985-86 Bowling Green 28-14 .667
1986-87 Bowling Green 33-10-2 .756
1987-88 Bowling Green 30-13-2 .689
1988-89 Bowling Green 26-18-3 .585
1989-90 Bowling Green 25-17-2 .591
1990-91 Bowling Green 15-23-2 .400
1991-92 Bowling Green 8-21-5 .309
1992-93 Bowling Green 19-21-1 .476
1993-94 Bowling Green 19-17-2 .526
1994-95 Boston College 11-22-2 .343
1995-96 Boston College 16-17-3 .486
1996-97 Boston College 15-19-4 .447
1997-98 Boston College 28-9-5 .726
1998-99 Boston College 27-12-4 .674
1999-00 Boston College 29-12-1 .702
2000-01 Boston College 33-8-2 .791
2001-02 Boston College 18-18-2 .500
2002-03 Boston College 24-11-4 .667
2003-04 Boston College 29-9-4 .738
2004-05 Boston College 26-7-7 .738
2005-06 Boston College 26-13-3 .655
2006-07 Boston College 29-12-1 .702
2007-08 Boston College 25-11-8 .659
2008-09 Boston College 18-14-5 .554
2009-10 Boston College 29-10-3 .726
2010-11 Boston College 30-8-1 .782
2011-12 Boston College 33-10-1 .761
2012-13 Boston College 12-2-1 .800
TOTAL   925-558-95 .586