Men's Hockey Blanks Providence, 2-0
Jan. 31, 2014
Video Highlights (courtesy of PC Athletics)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 2 Boston College extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1), shutting out No. 7 Providence, 2-0, in a gritty triumph on Friday night at Schneider Arena. First-year goaltender Thatcher Demko earned his first-career shutout, stopping all 30 Friars’ shots while junior Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to 21-straight games with his 23rd goal of the season.
Demko’s first-career blanking was aided by sturdy play from his defensive corps, blocking 10 shots in the win.
Sophomore Brendan Silk broke the scoreless drought midway through regulation, zipping a wrist shot by PC goaltender Jon Gillies for his second tally of the season. Senior captain Patrick Brown assisted on the play, extending his point streak to a career-best four games.
The first period was riddled with choppy play on both sides before Silk’s marker at 10:45 of the second stanza stood as the game-winner.
Freshman defenseman Steven Santini cleared the puck from BC’s zone quickly to Brown on the red line. Brown swatted at it and the puck made its way to Silk’s stick streaking down the right side.
Freshman Ryan Fitzgerald joined Silk for the 2-on-1, flanking down the left side. Silk faked once towards Fitzgerald but decided to hold onto it and rifled a wrist shot top shelf on Gillies at 10:45 for the first tally of the game.
After the Eagles killed off Scott Savage’s hooking penalty at 8:17, BC swung momentum to its side and Gaudreau sealed it late in regulation.
Rookie Austin Cangelosi saucered the puck through the neutral zone where Kyle McKenzie gloved it down along the near boards. Bill Arnold broke up the play and the puck squirted out to Gaudreau flying in from the red line.
With Steven Shamanski in tight on Gaudreau, he unleashed a snap shot through his legs to beat Gillies short side at 14:01 for the 2-0 Boston College lead.
PC coach Nate Leaman pulled Gillies with approximately 2:30 left in regulation, but a too many men call plagued the Friars comeback bid.
With the first Monday of February approaching, Boston College will take part in the 62nd annual Beanpot Tournament on Feb. 3. The Eagles will travel into downtown Boston to take on Boston University at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on New England Sports Network (NESN). The Eagles have won the last four Beanpot Tournaments.
- Freshman Thatcher Demko recorded his first-career shutout and upped his record to 8-1-2. The last time Boston College shut an opponent out was in the same venue. Parker Milner stopped 29 shots in a 3-0 victory on Feb. 24, 2012. Demko is the first freshman to post a shutout on The Heights since John Muse registered three during his rookie campaign in 2007-08.
- Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to 21-consecutive games with a point after scoring his 23rd goal of the season and 65th of his career. The Carneys Point, N.J., native has accounted for 20 goals and 23 assists with a +31 rating amidst the 21-game scoring stretch.
- Friday marked the first time since Dec. 6 that only one member of the Johnny Gaudreau – Bill Arnold – Kevin Hayes line scored a point. Since that date, at least two of the three Eagles scored a point, but Gaudreau’s goal does elevate the lines point total to 68 points over BC’s 12-game unbeaten streak. Boston College has not lost since Dec. 6 (11-0-1) and the trio has accounted for 27 goals and 41 assists with a +56 rating over the course of the 12-game stretch.
- Patrick Brown has strung together a career-best four-game point streak. Brown has assisted in his last four outings and added three goals along the way.
- Boston College is 14-0-1 when scoring the first goal of the game this season.
- Brendan Silk’s goal at Providence on Friday night counted as his first-career game-winning tally.
- With the victory, Boston College is seven points shy of clinching the Hockey East regular season title with six games left to play in conference action.