Jan. 18, 2014
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BOSTON COLLEGE vs. MAINE
Boston College and Maine close out the regular season series on Saturday night at Kelley Rink. Even though two points are always on a team's mind at this point of the year, the Eagles have an added motive for victory. The Black Bears provided BC's only loss in Hockey East action so far this season when Maine took out the Eagles, 5-1, on Nov. 23, 2013, at Alfond Arena. Prior to that meeting, Maine swept a weekend series at Kelley Rink right around this time of the year on Jan. 25-26, 2013. Boston College holds the all-time series edge over Maine, 60-45-9 (.569) and within Hockey East play, BC is up on the Black Bears, 52-44-9 (.538). Before Maine swept BC at home last season, the Eagles stood their ground against the Black Bears at home. The win on Jan. 25, 2013, marked the first win for Maine on BC's ice since Oct. 28, 2005 (nine games). Jerry York is 33-29-8, all-time, against Maine.
BLACK BEAR BEAT
Just as the Eagles seek revenge in tonight's tilt, Maine looks to pick up its first true road victory of the season. Despite being 2-0-1 on neutral ice, the Black Bears are 0-6-2 in true road contests. On the flipside, Alfond Arena has been kind to the team from Orono, Maine, as the Black Bears have posted a 9-1 mark at home. Sophomore Devin Shore leads Maine's scoring efforts and is ranked 19th, nationally, averaging 1.24 points per game (11-15-26). Defensively, Ben Hutton is tied for seventh in the country amongst blue liners in scoring with nine goals and eight assists (0.81 ppg). Goaltender Martin Ouellette has some of the NCAA's top figures, as the senior is third in save percentage (.937) and fifth in goals against average (1.88). Ouellette has a 10-7-3 mark with three shutouts. Because of Ouellette's sturdy play in net, Maine is tied with Minnesota for the third-best defense in the country, surrendering just two goals a game.
NOTES FROM LAST NIGHT'S WIN OVER BOSTON UNIVERSITY
- Johnny Gaudreau extended the country's longest point streak to 17 games with a pair of goals, one on the power play and one with the empty netter. Amidst this lengthy scoring stretch, the Carney's Point, N.J., native has accounted for 18 goals and 16 assists for a 34-point total. Amidst Gaudreau's 17-game point streak, he has turned in 10 multi-point performances including Friday's two-goal showing. Gaudreau has been held of the scoring sheet just once this season.
- Johnny Gaudreau tied former teammate and last season's captain, Pat Mullane (2009-13), on the all-time scoring list at Boston College. Gaudreau now has 137 points (63-74-137) on The Heights. His 63 goals match Chris Collins' (2002-06) mark for 32nd all-time. Amongst all current skaters in college hockey, Gaudreau's 137 points ranks fifth (Greg Carey - St. Lawrence: 166 | T.J. Tynan - Notre Dame: 148 | Brett Gensler - Bentley: 143 | Mark Zengerle - Wisconsin: 139). Seventeen of the 18 skaters that occupy the top of the career points list in college hockey are seniors. Gaudreau is the only junior.
- The trio of Johnny Gaudreau, Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes has all accounted for at least one point since being paired together on Dec. 6, marking an eight-game tear for this power unit. In eight games, the three Eagles have combined for 18 goals and 27 assists (45 points) with a +40 plus/minus rating.
- Head coach Jerry York won his 950th game in his 1,624 games as a college head coach. In all, York's record sits at 950-573-101 (.616). York's 950 career victories are the gold standard in college hockey, most of all-time.
- Despite Boston University scoring a power play goal tonight, the Eagles have given up just two of that kind in the last 10 games.
- Adam Gilmour matched a career high three points, but his two goals are his highest output thus far. Gilmour turned in three assists against Army on Nov. 10. Gilmour scored his second-career power play goal and second-career game-winning goal. His first game-winning goal was the overtime walk-off winner at Northeastern on Nov. 2.
- Danny Linell, who has played all season on defense, was transitioned back to forward in his 100th-career game on Friday night. Linell was primarily a forward in his first two seasons at BC. Linell assisted on Quinn Smith's first goal since Oct. 13 this season.
- Bill Arnold achieved a career high point streak, having notched at least one point in his last eight outings whereas Kevin Hayes' nine-game point streak is the second of his career.