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Thatcher Demko owns the nation's top winning percentage (.846) and second best goal against (1.83 gpg)

Thatcher Demko owns the nation's top winning percentage (.846) and second best goal against (1.83 gpg)

Feb. 9, 2014

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Boston College and Northeastern will meet on the second Monday in February for the third time in four years to play for the Boston’s bragging rights. The Eagles will skate for their fifth-consecutive Beanpot championship and try to extend Northeastern’s drought to 26 years without winning the trophy. Even though this is the third time in four years BC and NU will play in the title game, it’s only the fifth time in Beanpot Tournament history. The Eagles are 3-1 against Northeastern in the finals. The Huskies won their first Beanpot championship in 1980 when Wayne Turner scored the overtime winner over the Eagles. In all four previous meetings between Boston College and Northeastern in the Beanpot championship game, both teams combined for nine goals or more each occasion. Following the 1980 affair, Jimmy Hayes responded to Turner’s overtime winner with one himself in 2011. In 2013, Johnny Gaudreau logged a pair of goals and an assist in a 6-3 triumph.

Monday marks Boston College’s 34th appearance in the Beanpot championship game. With this being the 62nd annual Beanpot Tournament, the Eagles have appeared in the championship game over half the time. In those prior 33 occasions, BC has won 18 Beanpot titles and is looking to obtain their fifth-consecutive ‘Pot on Monday evening. Boston College already set a school record last season by clinching its fourth-consecutive Beanpot as the Eagles are looking to surpass Boston University’s record of six-consecutive titles from 1995 to 2000. Head coach Jerry York will coach in his 14th Beanpot championship game and has racked up seven Beanpots along the way, pegging him third all-time amongst the Beanpot coaching pantheon. BU’s Jack Parker won 21 Beanpots while legendary BC skipper John ‘Snooks’ Kelley collected eight titles from 1952-72. In the tournament’s history, Boston College has been awarded 16 MVP awards and 11 Eberly trophies.

In 15 of Jerry York’s 20 campaigns as head coach at Boston College, the Eagles have achieved 20 wins or greater in a season. BC managed to win its 20th game this season in just its 27th outing, tying for second quickest under York. In 2010-11 and 2003-04, Boston College won 20 games in 26 tilts, marking the fastest under York. This year’s team matched the 2000-01 Eagles’ squad that emerged victoriously in 20-of-27 contests. Boston College was also the first team of the 2013-14 season to reach 20 victories this year. In all, York has coached 25 of his 42 clubs to 20 wins over more throughout his coaching career.

Boston College has totaled 21 victories after the 6-1 victory over Merrimack on Feb. 6. This ties the 2000-01 club for most victories heading into a Beanpot title game under a Jerry York-coached club.

With the victory over BU in the semifinal round of the 62nd annual Beanpot Tournament on Feb. 3, Boston College plays in its fifth-consecutive Beanpot championship, marking the most in school history. Monday, Feb. 10, marks the third championship meeting against Northeastern in the last four seasons, but just the fifth championship bout against the Huskies ever.

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 14-game unbeaten streak with 13 victories and one draw. The Eagles’ 14-game unbeaten streak is tied for the second-longest stretch under Jerry York. Boston College has rattled off three 14-game unbeaten strings before this current one (1997-98, 2003-04, 2004-05), brining the total to four. 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 an 9-0-1 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 13-0-1.

In most cases during the Beanpot, BC plays a league game the Friday night between the tournament. Since York’s arrival, Boston College has scripted a sterling record of Friday games in between Beanpot Mondays, posting a 13-3-2 mark with the Merrimack triumph on Feb. 7. The Eagles have won every game of that nature since 2004 when BC tied Merrimack, 4-4, on Feb. 9, 2004. The last time BC lost a game in between the Beanpot was Feb. 9, 2001 (PC, 3-5).

Johnny Gaudreau is averaging two points per game (2.00 ppg) after becoming the first skater in college hockey to hit the 50-point plateau this season. Gaudreau’s 24 goals and 32 assists in 28 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 23 games. Over that period, Gaudreau has accrued 21 goals and 27assists for 48 points along with 14 multi-point performances and a +35 rating. Gaudreau is also leading the country in goals per game (0.86 gpg) and tied atop the assist chart with 1.14 helpers per outing.

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 151 career points (66-85-151). 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 151 total points are also tied for third-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 (24-32-56) 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 0.86 goals per game, his five game-winning markers are tied for best in all the land. Gaudreau is fourth in the NCAA with 1.07 assists per game. In fact, Gaudreau has scored a point in all but one game this season (at Minnesota – Oct. 27) and registered 16-multi point performances this season. Gaudreau also leads the nation in four-point performances (3) and three-point showings (9).

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 (13-0-1), the trio has combined for 32 goals and 48 assists (80 points) and a +67 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 TWELVE of their last 14 outings. Hayes and Arnold joined Gaudreau on career-high point streaks amidst this year. 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 four, nationally, in scoring. Gaudreau is the NCAA’s top scorer (2.00 ppg), followed by Hayes in third (1.68 ppg) and Arnold, ranked seventh (1.46 ppg). This line has outscored all of its opponents, combined, 32-24, since Dec. 6.

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 956-573-101 (.618). York’s 956 career victories are the benchmark of college hockey, most of all-time.

In the Merrimack victory on Feb. 7, Boston College scored three power play goals in one period, marking the first time that’s occurred since Dec. 1, 2012, when the Eagles scored three in one frame against Boston University.

Bill Arnold tallied his first-career hat trick thanks to three different types of goals on Feb. 7 against Merrimack. The Needham, Mass., native scored the first goal of the game on the short-hand with an even strength tally following shortly after. Arnold capped his night with his 11th-career power play goal. Arnold scored a pair of goals in a game on five occasions before Friday’s hat trick. Kevin Hayes (Jan. 18, 2014) and Destry Straight (Dec. 28, 2013) have also logged hat tricks this season.

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 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 second in the country in scoring (1.68 ppg). Hayes passed former BC coach Len Ceglarski on the all-time scoring records and is currently tied for 59th all-time with 114 career points (37-77-114).

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 Jerry York era (1994-current) has produced some noted scorers on The Heights, but a current skaters is amongst the pantheon of greats in regards to career numbers. Johnny Gaudreau’s 1.41 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.

BC scored three power play goals in a game twice this season and has elevated the unit to eighth in the country. The Eagles have converted 22.2 percent of their chances (24-of-108) and also owns the nation’s top combined special teams (59.7) with an unprecendent top-ranked penalty kill that has staved off 91.4 percent (117-of-128) of its chances.

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 4.39 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 second (1.68 ppg). Gaudreau is also first in goals per game (0.86) and tied for first in assists per game (1.14). The Eagles own the nation’s highest scoring margin (+2.25) and the best penalty kill in the game, preventing 91.4 percent of opponents’ chances. BC’s combined special teams is tied for first in the NCAA (59.7 percent).

Oon Feb. 6, Johnny Gaudreau and freshman Thatcher Demko were 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.

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. Demko owns the nation’s best winning percentage (.846 - 10-1-2), second-best goals against average (1.83) and eighth-best save percentage (.932).

• Boston College will play for its fifth-straight Beanpot title, one short of BU’s record six from 1995 to 2000 #WeAreBC

• Boston College is in its 34th Beanpot championship game appearance and has totaled 18 Beanpots in program history #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau extended the country’s longest point streak to 21 games with a goal and at Providence on Jan. 31 #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau is the nation’s leading points and goal scorer in the country, averaging 2.00 points and 0.86 goals per game #WeAreBC

• Thatcher Demko’s winning percentage of .846 (10-1-2) is the best mark in college hockey #WeAreBC

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