Eagles Tabbed Hockey East Team of the Week
Jan. 27, 2014
WAKEFIELD, Mass. – No. 2 Boston College was tabbed the Hockey East Team of the Week after defeating Merrimack and Penn State on the road, respectively on Jan. 21 and Jan. 25. The Eagles were the only team in Hockey East to win their two contests of the week while every other club split its series.
Following Saturday’s victory over Penn State, the Eagles sport college hockey’s top-ranked offense (4.48 goals per game), highest difference in scoring margin (+2.16) and best penalty-killing unit (90.5 percent).
The Eagles’ 4.48 gpg is over half a goal better than Minnesota (3.83 gpg), the second-ranked offense in the nation.
Boston College owns the nation’s second-best winning percentage (.759) and is one of four teams to have achieved 18 victories at this point of the season, joining Minnesota, Quinnipiac and Ferris State.
The Eagles are on an 11-game unbeaten streak which stands as the NCAA’s second-longest stretch behind Minnesota’s 12-game run (9-0-3), but the Eagles’ 10 wins are the best in the country over the course of the last 12 outings.
One of the biggest contributors to BC’s success over the course of its 11-game unbeaten string is the triple threat of Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold. Since head coach Jerry York paired the trio on a line together, Gaudreau, Hayes and Arnold have combined for 67 cumulative points; notching 26 goals and 41 assists with an aggregate plus/minus rating of +54.
Boston College has not lost a game since those three have skated as a line. Gaudreau and Hayes have both scored a point in every contest on that forward pairing while Arnold has gone 10-for-11 in scoring a point or better.
The Eagles’ team honor marks the 10th of the season from Hockey East, including the second Team of the Week decoration.
Both Boston College and Michigan were the only teams in college hockey that did not lose a game this week.
With the 62nd annual Beanpot Tournament looming, Boston College will travel to Schneider Arena to close out the regular season series at Providence on Friday, Jan. 31. Friday's contest will be broadcast live on Cox Sports at 7 p.m.