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Senior Bill Arnold registered three assists at Penn State and has scored a point in 10 of his last 11 outings

Senior Bill Arnold registered three assists at Penn State and has scored a point in 10 of his last 11 outings

Jan. 29, 2014

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In the first meeting of the 2013-14 season, Boston College dominated the Friars at home with a 5-2 victory in what was then, a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2 in Hockey East. Since then, Providence has slipped to third place in the standings, eight points behind the first-place Eagles. In the first meeting on Jan. 10, 2014, not only did BC avenge a 5-1 loss at home against PC on March 2, 2013, but several milestones were set. Kevin Hayes scored his 100th-career point in that outing while Bill Arnold tallied his 50th-career goal. Johnny Gaudreau lit the lamp twice and doled out a pair of assists to bring his point streak to 15 games (currently at 20-consecutive games since). When Providence defeated Boston College on March 2, 2013, it curbed an 18-game winless streak (0-15-3) for the Friars. Friday's pre-Beanpot contest marks the Eagles first trip to Schneider Arena since March 1, 2013. Boston College has not lost at Schneider Arena since Oct. 31, 2006, going 6-0-3 since that setback.

Providence has gone 2-1-1 since taking on Boston College at Kelley Rink on Jan. 10, 2014. Last weekend, the Friars split with UMass Lowell, winning, 5-4, at home on Jan. 24 before suffering a 6-1 setback at Tsongas Center on Jan. 25. Currently in third, PC sits two points behind Northeastern (17) with Maine one point back (14) in fourth. Ross Mauermann powers Providence's 13th-ranked leading the team in goals (16), assists (15) and points (31). Mauermann is tied for 18th in country in points per game (1.19) and also even with Johnny Gaudreau for a nation's best five game-winning goals this year. Jon Gillies, teamate of Santini, McCoshen and Demko at the World Junior Championship, is 12-4-4 this season with a save percentage of .927 (14th) and goals against average of 2.25 (22nd). PC displays inconsistency on special teams, having the eighth-best penalty kill (101-of-117 - 86. 3 percent) but the 53rd-ranked power play (16-of-121 - 13.2 percent).

Thanks to a surging second-half start, Boston College has guaranteed itself another winning season. This will make the Eagles' 17th-straight winning campaign under Jerry York and the 74th winning season (out of 92) in program history.

Boston College has started the turn of the New Year with a 6-0-1 mark. It is the best start to a new calendar year since Jerry York's 2004-05 squad that went 8-0-2 in its first 10 outings from January on. Going back to the 2004-05 team's December, the Eagles were 11-1-3. Since the start of December for the 2013-14 Eagles' campaign, BC is 10-0-1.

Heading into the Feb. 3 semifinal against Boston University, BC has amassed 18 victories. As it stands, only three other teams under Jerry York have had that many victories heading into the Beanpot Tournament. The 2000-01 club leads the way with 20 while the 2010-11 team accrued 19 wins before the first Monday in February. The 2003-04 team matched BC's total of 18 from this season. The Eagles have a chance to match the 2010-11 team with a victory at Providence on Jan. 31.

Johnny Gaudreau is now averaging two points per game after becoming the first skater in college hockey to hit the 50-point plateau this season. Gaudreau's 22 goals and 28 assists in 25 games puts Gaudreau in the driver's seat as the country's leader in points scored. Gaudreau also leads the country in plus/minus rating (+31). 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 20 games. Over that period, Gaudreau has accrued 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points along with 12 multi-point performances and a +30 rating.

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 953-573-101 (.617). York's 953 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 12-game point streak and has accounted for 27 points (13-14-27) with a +20 plus/minus rating over that time. Hayes is currently ranked the country's third-highest scorer (1.80 ppg) behind Johnny Gaudreau (2.00 ppg) and Greg Carey (St. Lawrence - 1.83 ppg). Hayes just passed former Eagle coach Len Ceglarski on the all-time scoring records for 61st all-time with 112 points (36-76-112). 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 gone unbeaten since this line joined forces (10-0-1), the trio has combined for 26 goals and 41 assists (67 points) and a +54 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 TEN of their last 11 outings. Hayes and Arnold have now joined Gaudreau on career-high point streaks. Hayes is riding an 12-game streak (13-14-27) and Arnold 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 by Hayes in third (1.80 ppg) and Arnold, ranked seventh (1.44 ppg). In regards to plus/minus, Gaudreau (+31), Arnold (+29) and Hayes (+23) rank first, second and tied for third in the country for that category.

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 seven games, BC has scored 10 power play goals on 31 chances, including its last six outings. The Eagles power play unit has risen to 19th in the country (20-for-98 - 20.4 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. 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 surpassed BC assistant coach Marty McInnis (along with Joe Whitney) and is now 28th all-time with 145 career points (64-81-145). In 118 games played, McInnis totaled 142 points (58-84-142). It took Gaudreau 102 games to reach that mark (63-79-142). Gaudreau's 145 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 (22-28-50) and was the first skater to reach both the 40-point and 50-point plateaus 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 14-multi point performances this season.

Kevin Hayes joined Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold as 100 point scorers for their careers on The Heights on Jan. 10. Hayes scored his 100th point in his 122nd-career outing with a goal and two assists. Hayes has scored at least one point in 19 of his last 20 games, accruing 17 goals and 22 assists along the way. Hayes is currently the nation's third-most prolific, averaging 1.80 ppg.

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 46th all-time with 52 goals and 75 assists (52-75-127).

Boston College's 11-game unbeaten streak (10-0-1), starting with the New Hampshire sweep on Dec. 6, is second-best in the country to Minnesota for the longest in college hockey. The Golden Gophers have gone 9-0-3 in their last 11 outings.

Johnny Gaudreau has the fourth-most career points (145) 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 (64) in all the land and seventh-most assists (81). Gaudreau's 16-career game-winning goals are also the top figure in the NCAA for a career amongst current skaters.

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 4.48 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 (1.80 ppg). Gaudreau is also first in goals per game (0.88). Gaudreau is tied for third in the country with Bill Arnold (1.12 assists per game) while Hayes is fifth (1.04 apg). The Eagles own the nation's highest scoring margin (+2.16) and the best penalty kill in the game, preventing 90.5 percent of opponents' chances. BC's combined special teams is second-best in college hockey (58.4 percent).

Johnny Gaudreau is the nation's leading points and goal scorer in the country, averaging 2.00 points and 0.88 goals per game #WeAreBC

Thatcher Demko's winning percentage of .800 (7-1-2) is the third-best mark in college hockey #WeAreBC

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

• Boston College's penalty-killing unit is tops in college hockey, preventing 90.5 percent of its opponent's chances #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau extended the country's longest point streak to 20 games with a goal and an assist at Penn State on Jan. 25 #WeAreBC

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