Feb. 2, 2014
Boston College Game Notes
Boston University Game Notes
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BOSTON COLLEGE IN THE BEANPOT
No. 2 Boston College will collide with arch-rival Boston University on Monday, Feb. 3, in the semifinal round of the Beanpot before taking on Harvard or Northeastern on Feb. 10. If the Eagles were to defeat BU for the third time this season, BC would skate for its fifth-consecutive Beanpot trophy. If BC were to capture its fifth-straight Beanpot crown, it would be just one title short of BU’s record six-straight tournament wins from 1995 to 2000. Boston College has won 18 Beanpot titles, claimed runners-up 15 times, finished third on 22 occasions and finished fourth just six times. Jerry York has guided the Eagles to a 26-12 mark in the tournament, including seven Beanpot crowns and just as many second-place finishes along with six third-place showings. Under York, the Eagles have never finished in last place at the Beanpot. Since 1993, only BC and BU have skated away as the toast of Boston. In that 20 year run, BC has won eight trophies and BU has claimed 12 titles.
BATTLE OF COMM. AVE AT THE BEANPOT
Despite the Terriers owning the overall Beanpot series record with a 27-14 mark over Boston College, the Eagles have dominated in recent history by winning the last four encounters. BC and BU did not meet in last year’s mid-winter Boston Classic. The last time the two rivals met in the Beanpot, Bill Arnold dashed BU’s hopes with the overtime winner on Feb. 13, 2012. In fact, three of BC’s last four wins over BU in the Beanpot have resulted in overtime victories (Tommy Cross – 2011 semis & Nathan Gerbe – 2008 semis). After this Monday’s semifinal matchup, the two clubs will have skated in 21 semifinal matchups and just as many finals contests. BU holds the edge in the finals, 12-9, but has had better luck against BC in the opening round. The Terriers are 15-5 against BC in the semifinals. Jerry York is 6-11 against BU in the Beanpot, all coming against longtime adversary, Jack Parker. York will meet BU coach David Quinn for the first time in the Beanpot on Feb. 3.
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.
(maroon and) GOLD STANDARD
Since Dec. 6, Boston College has gone unbeaten, amassing a 12-game unbeaten streak with 11 victories and one draw. The Eagles’ 12-game unbeaten streak is tied for the fourth-longest in the Jerry York era (1994 - current). BC has strung together three 14-game unbeaten streaks (1997-98, 2003-04, 2004-05 and two 13-game unbeaten streaks (2006-07, 2009-10). Boston College assembled a 12-game unbeaten spell in 2003-04. The gold standard under York is BC’s 19-game winning streak that resulted in a national championship during the 2011-12 season (Jan. 27 - April 7, 2012).
Boston College has started the turn of the New Year with a 7-0-1 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 11-0-1.
BURSTING INTO THE BEANPOT
Heading into the Feb. 3 semifinal against Boston University, BC has amassed 19 victories. As it stands, only one other team has racked up more victories before the first Monday in February than the current BC squad. York’s 2000-01 team posted 20 victories while the 2010-11 club matched the 2013-14 Eagles’ team with 19 wins, as well.
JUST KEEPS ON GAUDREAU-ING
Johnny Gaudreau is averaging nearly two points per game (1.96 ppg) after becoming the first skater in college hockey to hit the 50-point plateau this season. Gaudreau’s 23 goals and 28 assists in 25 games puts Gaudreau in the driver’s seat as the country’s leader in points scored. 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 21 games. Over that period, Gaudreau has accrued 20 goals and 23 assists for 43 points along with 12 multi-point performances and a +31 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 954-573-101 (.617). York’s 954 career victories are the benchmark of 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 just capped a 12-game point streak spanning from Nov. 29 to Jan. 25, accounting for 27 points (13-14-27) with a +20 plus/minus rating over that time. Hayes is currently tied as the country’s second-highest scorer (1.73 ppg) behind Johnny Gaudreau 1.96 ppg) and Greg Carey (St. Lawrence - 1.80 ppg). Hayes passed former BC 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 not lost since this line joined forces (11-0-1), the trio has combined for 27 goals and 41 assists (68 points) and a +56 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 12 outings. Hayes and Arnold have now joined Gaudreau on career-high point streaks. Hayes capped a 12-game streak (13-14-27) and Arnold finished up 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 (1.96 ppg), followed by Hayes tied for second (1.73 ppg) and Arnold, ranked 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
BC 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 BU. In the last seven games, BC has scored 10 power play goals on 31 chances, including six of its last seven outings. The Eagles power play unit has risen to 23rd in the country (20-for-102 - 19.6 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. Brown is on a career-best four-game point streak (3-4-7).
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 146 career points (65-81-146). 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 146 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 1.96 points per game (23-28-10) 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 1.08 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.
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 19 of his last 21 games, accruing 17 goals and 22 assists along the way. Hayes is currently the nation’s third-most prolific, averaging 1.73 ppg.
Boston College’s 12-game unbeaten streak (11-0-1), 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 9-0-4 in their last 13 outings.
Johnny Gaudreau has the fourth-most career points (146) 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 (65) in all the land and tied for sixth-most assists (81). 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 27 points (12-16-28) 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 4.38 goals per game. Johnny Gaudreau leads that charge as the nation’s leading point scorer in the NCAA with1.96 ppg while Kevin Hayes is tied for second (1.73 ppg). Gaudreau is also first in goals per game (0.88). Gaudreau is tied for third in the country with Bill Arnold (1.08 assists per game) while Hayes is tied for fifth (1.00 apg). The Eagles own the nation’s highest scoring margin (+2.15) and the best penalty kill in the game, preventing 90.8 percent of opponents’ chances. BC’s combined special teams is tied for first in the NCAA (57.9 percent).
Sophomore Brendan Silk chose the outdoors to score his first goal of the season. The Wakefield, Mass., native scored his first tally of the year against Notre Dame at Fenway Park on Jan. 4, and followed it with his first-career game-winning tally at Providence on Jan. 31.
Freshman Thatcher Demko recorded his first-career shutout on Jan. 31 at Providence. The last time Boston College shut an opponent out on the road was in the same venue. Parker Milner stopped 29 shots in a 3-0 victory at PC on Feb. 24, 2012. Demko is the first freshman to post a shutout on The Heights since John Muse registered three during his rookie campaign in 2007-08.
WIN BIG OR GO HOME
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.
Boston College has collected 10 awards from Hockey East after the Eagles were tabbed Hockey East Team of the Week on Jan. 27. Boston College was the only team in the league that week to win both of its matchups.
• Johnny Gaudreau is the nation’s leading points and goal scorer in the country, averaging 1.96 points and 0.88 goals per game #WeAreBC
• Thatcher Demko’s winning percentage of .818 (8-1-2) is the second-best mark in college hockey #WeAreBC
• Under Jerry York, Boston College has never finished in fourth place at the Beanpot Tournament #WeAreBC
• Boston College’s penalty-killing unit is tops in college hockey, preventing 90.8 percent of its opponent’s chances #WeAreBC
• Johnny Gaudreau extended the country’s longest point streak to 21 games with a goal and at Providence on Jan. 31 #WeAreBC