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Kevin Hayes was named Hockey East Player of the Week on Jan. 20 following a seven-point weekend that included his first-career hat trick

Kevin Hayes was named Hockey East Player of the Week on Jan. 20 following a seven-point weekend that included his first-career hat trick

Jan. 21, 2014

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Boston College seeks its third Hockey East victory in five days when the Eagles travel to North Andover, Mass., for a Tuesday night tilt against Merrimack. Tuesday marks the first meeting of the season between the two clubs and third straight contest at Lawler Arena. A good amount of drama has been injected in the last two encounters between Boston College and Merrimack, each squad coming away with a 2-1 overtime victory last season. In fact, five of the last six games have been decided by a goal or less. On Feb. 15, 2013, Conor Toomey potted the game-winning tally in OT with 31 seconds left in the period. The following week, Quinn Smith had his revenge, netting the walk-off winner at the 2:23 mark of overtime on Feb. 24, 2013. The Eagles lead the all-time series, 60-21-5 (.727), and have dominated recent history, posting a 5-1-1 mark in the last games against the Warriors. Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy played college hockey at BC from 1987 to 1991.

Merrimack got off to a rocky beginning to start up the 2013-14 season, but the Warriors have played much better of late, having knocked off two nationally-ranked foes. Last weekend, Merrimack topped No. 5 Quinnipiac, 6-3, after shutting out No. 11 Clarkson on the road on Jan. 11. In its Frozen Fenway game against No. 4 Providence, Merrimack skated to a 1-1 on Jan. 4. Prior to Merrimack’s hot streak, the Warriors started off 3-9-1. Senior Mike Collins directs the Warriors’ scoring efforts with 17 points, leading the club in both goals scored (7) and assists (10). Collins is 37th in the country in scoring and tied for 25th in Hockey East. Rasmus Tirronen and Sam Marotta have teamed up for goaltending duties with Tirronen earning the brunt of the work with 13 game started and a 5-5-3 record. Thanks to stellar play from both netminders, Merrimack’s defense is tied for 22nd in the league while the offense comes in averaging 2.00 goals per game (54th).

Johnny Gaudreau is now averaging over two points per game with 47 points (21-26-47) in 23 games as the country’s leader in points. The Carneys Point, N.J., native is working on college hockey’s longest point streak this season, having scored at least one point in his last 18 games. Over that period, Gaudreau has accrued 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points along with 11 multi-point performances.

Boston College head coach Jerry York won his 950th game in his 1,624th game as a college head coach on Friday, Jan. 17. The victory was extra sweet having defeat archrival Boston University to gain the 950th triumph. In all, York’s record sits at 951-573-101 (.616). York’s 951 career victories are the gold standard in college hockey, most of all-time.

On Jan. 18 against Maine, Johnny Gaudreau recorded five assists, not only setting a career-high in helpers, but setting a new standard under the Jerry York era. Gaudreau became the first skater to register five assists in one game under York. Gaudreau tallied an individual game-high six points at Vermont on March 9, 2013 (2-4--6). Gaudreau’s five assists in one game is the second of its kind this year. Austin Czarnik (Miami) also accomplished five helpers in one outing.

Kevin Hayes scored his first-career hat trick and added a pair of assists for a colossal five-point performance against Maine on Jan. 18. Both the hat trick and the five points are career bests for the Dorchester, Mass., product. Hayes is on a 10-game point streak and has accounted for 22 points (10-12-22) with a +15 plus/minus rating over that time. Hayes is currently ranked the country’s second-highest scorer (1.83 ppg) behind Johnny Gaudreau (2.04 ppg). Hayes just passed former Eagle coach Len Ceglarski on the all-time scoring records for 64th all-time with 109 points (33-76-109). Hayes’ hat trick marks the second of the season for BC (Destry Straight - Dec. 28 vs. Penn State).

5 + 5 = PERFECT 10
Both Kevin Hayes (3-2--5) and Johnny Gaudreau (0-5--5) tallied five points on Jan. 18 against Maine. The last time a pair of Eagles scored five points in a game was when Nathan Gerbe (4-1-5) and Benn Ferriero (2-3-5) turned the trick at Harvard on Dec. 12, 2007. Hayes and Gaudreau put that 2,229-day streak to rest.

The trio of Johnny Gaudreau - Bill Arnold - Kevin Hayes has been nothing short of unstoppable since being paired together on Dec. 6. Not only has BC not lost since this line joined forces, the trio has combined for 22 goals and 36 assists (58 points) and a +46 plus/minus rating. In the Jan. 18 win over Maine, Gaudreau, Arnold and Hayes combined for four goals and nine assists (13 points). Since the combination of these three, they have ALL scored at least one point per game in the last NINE outings. Hayes and Arnold have now joined Gaudreau on career-high point streaks. Hayes is riding a 10-game streak (10-14-24) and Arnold is on a nine-game tear (5-10-15). As of Jan. 21, the triumvirate rests in the top five, nationally, in scoring. Gaudreau is the NCAA’s top scorer (2.04 ppg), followed Hayes in second (1.83 ppg) and Arnold, tied for fifth (1.43 ppg).

The Jerry York era (1994-current) has produced some noted scorers on The Heigths, but a current skaters is amongst the pantheon of greats in regards to career numbers. Johnny Gaudreau’s 1.39 points per game, for a career, currently ranks fourth all-time under York. Marty Reasons (1.46 ppg), Ben Eaves (1.46 ppg) and Brian Gionta (1.41 ppg) rank ahead of Gaudreau. Patrick Eaves (1.27 ppg) is fifth behind Gaudreau for career points per game.

Boston College scored three power play goals against Maine on Jan. 18, marking the first time the Eagles have scored that many extra-man markers since Dec. 1, 2012, against Boston University. In the last six games, BC has scored 10 power play goals on 33 chances. The Eagles power play unit has risen to 18th in the country (18-for-88 - 20.5 percent).

On Jan. 18, Patrick Brown not only tallied his first-career two-goal game, both strikes came via the power play. Boston College has not had a skater score two power play goals in a game this season and it was the first since Bill Arnold scored a pair of power play goals against Boston University on Dec. 1, 2012.

Following his five-assist performance against Maine on Jan. 18, Johnny Gaudreau tied another member of the Eagle coaching staff on Jan. 18. After Gaudreau surpassed Jerry York on the all-time scoring charts, he pulled even with BC assistant coach Marty McInnis for 29th all-time (Joe Whitney also finished his career with 142 career points). In 118 games played, McInnis totaled 142 points (58-84-142). It took Gaudreau 102 games to reach that mark (63-79-142). His 142 total points are also fourth best amongst current college skaters in career points. Of the 19 top skaters in that career list, Gaudreau is the only junior listed. Everyone else is a senior.

Johnny Gaudreau is college hockey’s leading scorer. The 5-8 left winger is averaging 2.04 points per game (21-26-47) and was the first skater to reach 40 points for the 2013-14 ledger. Not only does he lead the NCAA in goal scoring with 0.91 goals per game, his five game-winning markers are tied for best in all the land. Gaudreau is tied for third in the NCAA with 1.13 assists per game. In fact, Gaudreau has scored a point in all but one game this season (at Minnesota – Oct. 27) and registered 13-multi point performances this season.

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 4.57 goals per game. Johnny Gaudreau leads that charge as the nation’s leading point scorer in the NCAA with 2.04 ppg while Kevin Hayes is in second (1.83 ppg). Gaudreau is also first in goals per game (0.91). Hayes and Gaudreau are tied for third in the country with 1.13 assists per game while Bill Arnold is fifth with 1.09 apg. The Eagles own the nation’s highest scoring margin (+ 2.17) and the second-best penalty kill in the game, preventing 90.2 percent of opponents’ chances. BC’s combined special teams is the best in college hockey (59.5 percent).

Boston College has already defeated three teams (Penn State, Army, Wisconsin) by six goals or more this season. The last time an Eagles’ squad turned in that many dominant performances of a six-goal margin of victory (or more) was when BC defeated five teams of that nature on its way to the national championship during the course of the 2009-10 season.

Johnny Gaudreau is the nation’s leading points and goal scorer in the country, averaging 2.04 points and 0.91 goals per game #WeAreBC

Jerry York won his 950th-career game in his 1,624th game as a college head coach on Jan. 17 against BU #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau is the first skater in the Jerry York era to record five assists in one game #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau (1st), Kevin Hayes (2nd) and Bill Arnold (T-5th) are three of NCAA’s top five scorers as of Tuesday #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau extended the country’s longest point streak to 18 games with five assists against Maine on Jan. 18 #WeAreBC

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