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The Last Meeting
November 8, 2013
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BOSTON COLLEGE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
The Battle of Comm. Ave returns to Kelley Rink on Friday night live on NESN. Friday marks the 264th meeting between the Beantown rivals with the Eagles claiming the first bout of the season at Agganis Arena, 5-1, on Nov. 8. Since BC’s win on Terriers’ territory, the teams have gone in different directions. The Eagles have amassed a 9-2-3 mark, including a seven-game unbeaten string (6-0-1) while Boston University has posted a 3-7-2 record, not having won a game since topping Cornell at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 30. Boston College has an overall record of 14-4-3 and BU with a 7-11-2 total. There has not been this big of a win discrepancy (seven) between the two clubs at faceoff since Feb. 9, 2004. That game occurred at the Beanpot when the Eagles had totaled 20 wins and BU with eight. In the last five meetings, BC and BU have traded victories. For parity’s sake, the teams are an even 54-54-11 in Hockey East action.
Boston University skates down Comm Ave. in search of a much-needed victory. The Terriers, currently in 10th place and 12 points back of BC, are looking to snap a six-game winless funk. Before losing to Maine at last week’s Frozen Fenway, BU dropped three-consecutive outings to Bentley, Harvard and Dartmouth. Ahti Oksanan, a defenseman, leads the team with 16 points (3-13-16) while Danny O’Regan, Cason Hohmann and Nick Roberto are atop the goal scoring list with six apiece. Amongst blueliners, Oksanan is tied for sixth in the country in points. The Terriers have struggled to find a consistent offense, averaging 2.40 goals per game which slots them in 48th nationally. Defensively, BU tied for 46th in college hockey, surrendering 3.25 goals per game. The one element that has shined for the Terriers thus far is their power play. BU is tied with Ohio State for seventh in the country, converting 22.1 percent of its chances (19-of-86).
Jerry York evened his overall record against BU, all-time, with the Nov. 8th victory to 38-38-7.
JUST KEEPS ON GAUDREAU-ING
Johnny Gaudreau has the longest point streak in college hockey, having notched at least one point in his last 16-consecutive outings. In his 100th game as an Eagle on Jan. 11 at Brown, Gaudreau assisted on Bill Arnold’s game-tying goal. Throughout the course of the 16-game point streak, he has averaged 2.00 ppg, having accounted for 16 goals and as many assists. Gaudreau streak started on Nov. 1, 2013.
After a two-goal, two-assist performance on Jan. 10 in a 5-2 win over Providence, Johnny Gaudreau tied someone he is pretty familiar with, as is the rest of college hockey, in the Boston College scoring records. Gaudreau tied Jerry York (64-70-134) for career points and has since passed him. The Carneys Point, N.J., native is tied for 35th, all-time, with 135 points (61-74-135) in 100 career games. Gaudreau is also 35th in career goals (61), recently passing Ken Hodge (1984-87) and Jim Mullen (1963-66). Gaudreau’s 70 assists have him tied for 44th all-time.
Johnny Gaudreau is college hockey’s leading scorer. The 5-8 left winger is averaging 1.90 points per game (19-21-40) and is the first skater to reach 40 points for the 2013-14 ledger. Not only does he lead the NCAA in goal scoring with 0.90 goals per game, his five game-winning markers are also the best in all the land. Gaudreau is tied for third in the NCAA with one assist per game. In fact, Gaudreau has scored a point in all but one game this season (at Minnesota – Oct. 27) and registered 12-multi point performances this season.
HAYES HITS 100
Kevin Hayes joined Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold as 100 point scorers for their careers on The Heights on Jan. 10. The Dorchester, Mass., native scored his 100th point in his 122nd-career outing with a goal and two assists. He followed that with a power play goal and an assist on Jan. 11. Hayes has scored at least one point in 15 of his last 16 games, accruing 11 goals and 18 assists along the way. Hayes is currently the nation’s third-most prolific, averaging 1.67 ppg.
ARNOLD ATTAINS 50
Bill Arnold scored his 50th-career goal on Jan. 10 via the power play. The Needham, Mass., native has scored 10 power play goals in his career. Arnold has ascended up the BC career points list and is currently tied with associate head coach Greg Brown with 120 career points. Arnold has tallied 51 goals and 69 assists in 140 career games.
BIG UPS FOR THE BIG THREE
Since skating as a line on Dec. 6, the trio of Johnny Gaudreau, Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes has been nearly unstoppable. All three forward have scored at least one point in the last seven games they have skated together. Not only have the Eagles gone unbeaten (6-0-1) since they joined forces, but they have gone 40/40 along the way, scoring a combined 40 points (16-24-40) with a +40 plus/minus rating. Heading into Jan. 17, Arnold (1.05), Hayes (1.05) and Gaudreau (1.00) are tied for first and third, respectively in assist scoring in Hockey East while Gaudreau (1.90) and Hayes (1.67) are the one-two punch atop the league’s scoring list.
Boston College’s seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1), starting with the New Hampshire sweep on Dec. 6, is tied with North Dakota for the country’s second-longest in college hockey. Minnesota is in first, having accrued a 6-0-2 mark in its eight-game unbeaten string.
Johnny Gaudreau, having just skated in his 100th game at BC, has the fifth-most career points (134) in the NCAA, but his points per game rate of 1.34 is the best in college hockey. He also has the fourth-most career goals (61) in all the land and seventh-most assists (74). Gaudreau’s 16-career game-winning goals are also the top figure in the NCAA for a career amongst current skaters.
BROWN BREAKS THROUGH ON 100
Senior captain Patrick Brown scored his first-career power play goal, the game-winner, in his 100th-career outing as an Eagle on Jan. 10 against Providence. Brown has scored 21 points (9-12-21) for his career.
MATHESON MAKIN’ PLAYS
Defenseman Michael Matheson secured his second-career playmaker (three assists) in the Jan. 10th victory over Providence. The Point-Claire, Quebec, native notched three assists against Yale on Jan. 4, 2013, as well. Matheson has scored three points in a game three times for his career. Matheson’s playmaker marks the fourth for Boston College this season. Bill Arnold, Austin Cangelosi and Adam Gilmour have all turned the trick as well.
Boston College’s power play unit has been clicking more regularly as of late, having scored at least one in three of its last four games. Before scoring two PPGs against Penn State on Dec. 28, the Eagles went on a seven-game scoreless drought from Nov. 15 to Dec. 7.
LEADERS OF THE FLOCK
Nationally speaking, the Eagles rank at the top of several statistical categories, primarily on the offensive side of the ice. Boston College is the No. 1 ranked offense in all of college hockey, averaging 4.38 goals per game. Johnny Gaudreau leads that charge as the nation’s leading point scorer in the NCAA with 1.90 ppg while Kevin Hayes is in third (1.67 ppg). Gaudreau is also first in goals per game (0.90) while Bill Arnold and Hayes are tied for third in the country with 1.05 assists per outing. The Eagles own the nation’s highest scoring margin (+ 2.05) and the second-best penalty kill in the game, preventing 90.9 percent of opponents’ chances. BC’s combined special teams is second best in college hockey (57.9 percent).
Freshman Chris Calnan scored his first goal since the Rensselaer game on Oct. 13. Calnan has posted seven points (2-5-7) in his freshman campaign.
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• If Jerry York wins on Saturday night at Brown, it will count as his 950th-career victory #WeAreBC
• Last time BC and BU have had this big a win differential at faceoff was Feb. 9, 2004 #WeAreBC
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• Johnny Gaudreau surpassed Jerry York in the career scoring record on Jan. 11 - Gaudreau is at 135 while York was at 134 #WeAreBC