Jan. 23, 2014
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BOSTON COLLEGE vs. PENN STATE
Boston College and Penn State meet up for the second time this season, but first time on a non-neutral surface. Saturday's tilt against the Nittany Lions marks the six game against a Big Ten foe as the Eagles took down Wisconsin (9-2) and PSU on Dec. 28 (8-2). Boston College lost its first outing of the season at Michigan on Oct. 10 (3-1) before a tie (3-3) and a loss (1-6) at Minnesota on Oct. 25 and Oct. 27, respectively. In the first game between BC and Penn State, the Eagles claimed their first trophy of the season at the Three Rivers Classic at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Dec. 28. Six multi-point performances were highlighted by Destry Straight's hat trick. Johnny Gaudreau was named the Tournament MVP following a five-point performance over the course of both contests with a pair of goals and three assists. BC will be the second-ever Hockey East team to skate at Pegula Ice Arena. UMass Lowell won a pair there on Nov. 14-15.
PLOTTING PENN STATE
Following the first Boston College - Penn State meeting in college hockey history, the Nittany Lions have lost four-straight games, including a two to Minnesota and a pair to Michigan State. In all, Penn State is 4-14-1 with a 0-6-0 mark in Big Ten play. Redshirt sophomore Eric Scheid is Penn State's leading point scorer, having tallied 14 points (9-5-14) in 19 games played. Scheid's nine goals are 50th best in the NCAA. Amongst defensemen, Luke Juha's 0.63 points per game is ranked 35th in the country. His four extra-man markers lead Big Ten defensemen while his eight power play points place him in second. The Nittany Lions' offense ranks 50th in the land with 2.26 goals per game while the defense rests in 56th. Penn State is surrendering 3.84 goals per game. The power play hovers around the middle of the pack, converting on 19.4 percent of its chances (26th). PSU's penalty killing unit is 35th, stopping 75-of-93 chances. PSU searches for its first win since Dec. 27.
JUST KEEPS ON GAUDREAU-ING
Johnny Gaudreau is now averaging two points per game with 48 points (21-27-48) in 24 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 19 games. Over that period, Gaudreau has accrued 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 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 952-573-101 (.616). York's 952 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.
HOT FOR HAYES
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 an 11-game point streak and has accounted for 23 points (11-12-23) with a +16 plus/minus rating over that time. Hayes is currently ranked the country's third-highest scorer (1.79 ppg) behind Johnny Gaudreau (2.04 ppg) and Greg Carey (St. Lawrence - 1.82 ppg). Hayes just passed former Eagle coach Len Ceglarski on the all-time scoring records for 61st all-time with 110 points (34-76-110). 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 23 goals and 37 assists (60 points) and a +49 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 NINE of their last 10 outings. Hayes and Arnold have now joined Gaudreau on career-high point streaks. Hayes is riding an 11-game streak (11-14-25) and Arnold just capped a career high streak of nine straight from Dec. 6 to Jan. 18 (5-10-15). As of Jan. 21, the triumvirate rests in the top 10, nationally, in scoring. Gaudreau is the NCAA's top scorer (2.00 ppg), followed Hayes in third (1.79 ppg) and Arnold, tied for ninth (1.38 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.
POWER PLAY PUSH
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 seven games, BC has scored 11 power play goals on 38 chances. The Eagles power play unit has risen to 18th in the country (19-for-93 - 20.4 percent).
BROWN LOW DOWN
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. Brown also scored at Merrimack on Jan. 21, marking his first-career goal-scoring streak.
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 143 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 2.00 points per game (21-27-48) 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 0.88 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 1.12 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.
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. Hayes has scored at least one point in 18 of his last 19 games, accruing 15 goals and 22 assists along the way. Hayes is currently the nation's third-most prolific, averaging 1.79 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 Cam Atkinson with 124 career career points for 49th all-time Arnold has tallied 52 goals and 72 assists in 143 career games.
Boston College's 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1), starting with the New Hampshire sweep on Dec. 6, is tied with Minnesota for the longest in college hockey. The Golden Gophers have gone 8-0-2 in their last 10 outings.
Johnny Gaudreau has the fourth-most career points (143) in the NCAA, but his points per game rate of 1.39 is the best in college hockey. He also has the fourth-most career goals (63) in all the land and seventh-most assists (80). 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.
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 4.54 goals per game. Johnny Gaudreau leads that charge as the nation's leading point scorer in the NCAA with 2.00 ppg while Kevin Hayes is in third (1.79 ppg). Gaudreau is also first in goals per game (0.88). Gaudreau is third in the country with 1.12 assists per game while Hayes is fourth (1.08 apg) and Arnold is fifth (1.04 apg). The Eagles own the nation's highest scoring margin (+ 2.21) and the best penalty kill in the game, preventing 90.4 percent of opponents' chances. BC's combined special teams is the best in college hockey (58.9 percent).