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Gaudreau, Demko Garner National Honors

Thatcher Demko is an unblemished 6-0-0 in Hockey East action this season

Thatcher Demko is an unblemished 6-0-0 in Hockey East action this season

Feb. 6, 2014

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau (Carneys Point, N.J.) and freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) have been tabbed the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month and National Rookie of the Month, respectively, after leading Boston College to a 7-0-1 mark in the month of January.

For both Gaudreau and Demko, this honor marks their first national awards from the Hockey Commissioners’ Association.

Over the course of January, Gaudreau accounted for 18 points in eight games, including eight tallies and 10 assists with a +11 plus/minus rating. The Carneys Point, N.J., native started his hot streak back on Nov. 1, 2013, and has not stopped since then. Gaudreau is riding the nation’s longest point streak of 22-consecutive games with at least one point. From Nov. 1 to Feb. 3, the 5-foot-8 left winger has totaled 21 goals and 24 assists (45 points) with a +33 rating and 13 multi-point performances.

Through Boston College’s first 27 games this season, Gaudreau has been held off the scoring sheet only once (at Minnesota – Oct. 27).

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 24 goals and 29 assists in 27 games ranks him as the NCAA leader in points scored thus far. Not only does he lead the NCAA in goal scoring with 0.89 goals per game, his five game-winning markers are tied for best in all the land. Gaudreau is fourth in the land with 1.07 assists per game and also leads the nation in four-point performances (3) and three-point showings (8).

Since being paired with seniors Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold on a line on Dec. 6, the Eagles have rattled off the second longest unbeaten streak in the country of 13 games (12-0-1). Since Dec. 6, the Eagle trio has combined for 73 points (29-44-73) in 13 outings as a line with a combined plus/minus ranking of+62. Gaudreau has been an integral part of this line as all three skaters have scored a point in 11 of BC’s last 13 contests. The group’s 29 goals in 13 games is more than its opponents combined (23).

Alongside Gaudreau’s success is the emergence of Demko. The Eagles’ first-year netminder accrued a 4-0-1 mark in January with a .944 save percentage (134-of-142) and a 1.57 goals against average. Four of Demko’s first starts in January were away from Kelley Rink.

The San Diego, Calif., native closed out the month with a 30-save shutout performance at Providence on Jan. 31, 2014. Demko became the first freshmen to post a shutout at BC since John Muse recorded three during his rookie season in 2007-08.

The 6-foot-3 backstopper owns college hockey’s best winning percentage of .833 (9-1-2) and the fifth-best goals against average (1.90). Demko’s overall save percentage of .930 ranks 11th in the country.

In Hockey East action, the Californian is 6-0-0 with a 1.17 goals against average and a .953 save rate in his first six conference tilts.

On Feb. 3, 2014, both Gaudreau and Demko were honored by Hockey East for their sterling performances in January. Gaudreau was recognized as the Hockey East Player of the Month in January while Demko earned Hockey East Rookie of the Month honors.

Boston College ranks first in offense (4.33 gpg), top scoring margin (+2.15) and the best penalty unit in college hockey, staving off 91.1 percent of its opponents’ chances.

The Eagles take on Merrimack Friday night, Feb. 7, at Kelley Rink before playing for their fifth-consecutive Beanpot title on Monday, Feb. 10, at TD Garden against Northeastern (8 p.m.).

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