Jan. 11, 2014
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BOSTON COLLEGE vs. BROWN
Boston College and Brown renew its regional rivalry that has gone dormant the last 14 seasons. The Eagles and Bears were familiar competitors in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s before the college game expanded. In fact, Coach York has faced Brown only twice as head coach at Boston College (2-0-0). BC has dominated the series for the most part, owning a 47-18-6 (.704) overall mark, but Brown went 5-0-1 against the Eagles to start the series in the 1930s. Saturday’s tilt marks Boston College’s 17th trip to Meehan Auditorium in program history, but Brown has visited Conte Forum only once. That occurrence took place in the last meeting, when BC beat Brown, 6-2, on Jan. 2, 2000. 5,123 days has transpired since the last meeting between these two clubs. The last time Brown defeated Boston College was on Nov. 27, 1978 (4-2) -- a span of 12,829 days. Saturday’s game marks BC’s third test against an opponent from the ECAC. The Eagles topped have RPI (7-2) and Harvard (5-1).
Brown skates into Saturday’s game with an even record of 6-6-2 and a 3-4-1 mark in ECAC action. Just after the holidays, the Bears closed out a successful trip with a 3-3 tie at No. 17 Denver before defeating Colorado College, 4-2, on Jan. 3-4, respectively. Before that, Brown knocked off Harvard and Dartmouth, 2-1 and 3-2, in that order, not having lost since a close 3-2 decision at Providence in the 28th annual Mayor’s Cup on Nov. 30. Mark Naclerio (8-10-18) and Matt Lorito (6-12-18) lead the Bears’ offense and are both top-15 scorers nationally. Dennis Robertson has averaged 0.64 points per game from the blue line, tying him for 28th-best in the country amongst defensemen. Both the Brown offense and defense are ranked in the middle of the pack in the NCAA, slotted 32nd (2.79 gpg) and 35th (2.86 gpg), respectively. Marco DeFilippo and Tyler Steel have shared the goaltending duties, each starting seven games. Steel is 4-1-2 while DeFilippo’s 2-5-0.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM JAN. 10 AGAINST PROVIDENCE
- Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to 15 games in demonstrative fashion. In his 15-game tear, the Carneys Point, N.J., native has accounted for 16 goals and 15 assists, averaging over two points per game.
- Johnny Gaudreau continues his ascension up the BC scoring charts. Gaudreau is now tied with none other than Jerry York (as well as Tom Martin and Jack Leetch), having scored 134 points (61-73-134) in 99 career games. Gaudreau is 35th, all-time, at Boston College, surpassing Ken Hodge and Jim Mullen on Friday night. He is also tied for 46th all-time for career assists.
- Johnny Gaudreau’s four-point performance is the third of its kind this season. Both Gaudreau and Bill Arnold notched four points against Army on Nov. 10, 2013.
- Kevin Hayes joined Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold as 100 point scorers for their careers at The Heights. The Dorchester, Mass., native scored his 100th point in his 122nd-career outing with a goal and two assists. Hayes has scored at least one point in 14 of his last 15 games, accruing 10 goals and 17 assists along the way.
- Bill Arnold scored his 50th-career goal on Friday night via the power play. The Needham, Mass., native has scored 10 power play goals in his career. Friday’s power play tally counts as his first of the season.
- Patrick Brown scored his first-career power play goal, the game-winner, in his 100th-career outing as an Eagle. BC’s captain has scored 21 points (9-12-21) for his career.
- The line of Johnny Gaudreau – Bill Arnold – Kevin Hayes has been unstoppable since Dec. 6, 2013. The trio was put together by Coach York against UNH on Dec. 6 and the Eagles have not lost since. Gaudreau, Arnold and Hayes have combined for 14 goals and 21 assists (35 points) with a +40 rating. Each skater was a +3 in Friday’s win over Providence.
- Michael Matheson secured his second-career playmaker (three assists) in Friday’s victory over Providence. The Point-Claire, Quebec, native notched three assists against Yale on Jan. 4, 2013. Matheson has scored three points in a game three times for his career.
- Boston College has scored a pair of power play goals in two of its three prior outings.