Feb. 13, 2014
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BOSTON COLLEGE vs. VERMONT
Boston College and Vermont meet for the first time this season after becoming acquaintances last season, playing five games in all. The Eagles and Catamounts met in the Hockey East quarterfinals at Kelley Rink last year with BC taking the two-game sweep, 4-2 and 4-1. Boston College posted a 4-0-1 mark against Vermont last season, tying UVM at Gutterson Fieldhouse on March 9, 2013. Boston College has not lost to Vermont since Nov. 13, 2010, in Burlington, Vt. Since that time, Boston College amassed an 8-0-1 mark in the series. Since Vermont joined Hockey East in 2006, Boston College has gone 21-6-3 in 30 meetings, winning three-fourths the decisions. BC struggled in its early times at Gutterson Fieldhouse, going 1-4-2 in its first seven visits in league action before righting the ship with a 3-1-1 mark on the road. All time against Vermont, BC holds the advantage, 33-12-5. UVM is just one of two teams BC has not yet played in league action this year (UML).
Vermont returns home after sweeping New Hampshire last weekend to up its record to 15-9-3 with an even 7-7-0 mark in Hockey East action. With a victory on the road at Boston University on Jan. 25, the Catamounts are riding a three-game winning streak and looks to make a leap into the top five spots in the league. Currently in seventh, Vermont is just two points out of a tie for fourth place. Senior forward Chris McCarthy leads the charge with 31 points (14-17-31) and is 27th in the nation in scoring, averaging 1.15 points per game. Rookie Mario Puskarich has also made headlines this season, averaging a point per game and is tied for fifth in the country amongst all rookie scorers. The Catamounts sport the seventh-ranked defense in college hockey (2.22 ppg). On the flipside, UVM is scoring at a rate of 2.89 goals per game, good for 28th in the NCAA. Vermont’s penalty-killing unit weighs in at No. 4 in the NCAA, killing off power plays at a rate of 87.5 percent.
CHILLIN’ AT CONTE
Boston College has clinched a spot in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Hockey East playoffs. With three weeks left in the regular season, the first-place Eagles have a seven-point lead on UMass Lowell. With the addition of Notre Dame this season, all teams make the postseason. The sixth place through 11th-place teams square off in a one-game play-in showdown and then the quarterfinal round will be a best 2-out-of-3 series like in years past.
If Boston College sweeps the two-game series at Vermont this weekend, the Eagles will be crowned the Hockey East regular season champions. Boston College has won a league-record 12 regular season titles, including two of the last three seasons.
ONE FOR THE THUMB
Boston College won its fifth-consecutive Beanpot championship on Feb. 10, 2014, after dispatching No. 11 Northeastern, 4-1. For BC, five straight Beanpot titles is the most in program history and one short of the tournament record set by Boston University from 1995 to 2000.
SNEAKING UP ON SNOOKS
Jerry York clinched his eight Beanpot Tournament trophy on Feb. 10, 2014. That mark tied him with former Eagle coach John “Snooks” Kelley (1933-42, 1946-72) for most in school history. The tournament record is set by BU’s Jack Parker (21 Beanpot titles).
Boston College matched its win total from the 2012-13 season of 22 victories. If the Eagles continue this pace, they can break the record for most wins in a regular season. If BC won its last five remaining regular season games, swept the Hockey East Tournament and won the national title, BC would total 35 wins. That would top the 33-win benchmark set by the 2011-12 and 2001-02 squads. The last time a BC team lost only four games was the 1953-54 season.
Boston College earned the No. 1 ranking in the country in both the USCHO.com and the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine polls as of Feb. 10, 2014. It marks the first time the Eagles have been the top-ranked unit in college hockey since Dec. 17, 2012. BC is also No. 1 in USCHO.com’s Pairwise rankings with the nation’s top RPI of .6061.
PLENTY OF TWENTY
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 will post its 17th-straight winning campaign under Jerry York and 74 winning season (out of 92) in program history.
(maroon and) GOLD STANDARD
Since Dec. 6, Boston College has gone unbeaten, amassing a 15-game unbeaten streak with 14 victories and one draw. The Eagles’ 15-game unbeaten streak is the second-longest stretch under Jerry York. 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 10-0-1 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 14-0-1.
JUST KEEPS ON GAUDREAU-ING
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 25 goals and 33 assists in 29 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 24 games. Over that period, Gaudreau has accrued 22 goals and 28 assists for 50 points along with 15 multi-point performances and a +36 rating. Gaudreau is also leading the country in goals per game (0.86 gpg) and second on the assist chart with 1.14 helpers per outing.
JOHNNY BE (doing) GOOD
Johnny Gaudreau still has five regular season games left, in addition to the postseason, and is already seven points ahead of last year’s points total. Gaudreau tied Minnesota’s Erik Haula for the most points totaled in 2012-13. Gaudreau posted a line of 21-30-51 (1.46 ppg) while Haula finished 16-35-51 (1.38 ppg). Gaudreau only needs four more points to match Spencer Abbott’s (Maine) leading mark of 62 points in 2011-12.
For a career, Johnny Gaudreau has surpassed all three BC coaches on the career records chart. Gaudreau passed Greg Brown (120), Jerry York (134) and Marty McInnis (142) and is now tied for 23rd all-time at Boston College (John Cunniff & Billy Daley). Gaudreau’s 153 total points are also second most 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 second in the NCAA with 1.14 assists per game. In fact, Gaudreau has scored a point in all but one game this season (at Minnesota – Oct. 27) and registered 17-multi point performances this season. Gaudreau also leads the nation in four-point performances (3) and three-point showings (9).
THE BIG THREE
The trio of Johnny Gaudreau - Bill Arnold - Kevin Hayes has put forth unprecedented numbers since joining forces as a line on Dec. 6. Not only has BC not lost since these three paired as a forward line, the trio has combined for 34 goals and 50 assists (84 points) and a +70 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 THIRTEEN of their last 15 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 (1.66 ppg) and Arnold, ranked seventh (1.45 ppg). This line has outscored all of its opponents, combined, 34-25, since Dec. 6.
HEM LINE 2.0?
One of the most famous lines to skate through The Heights was the “HEM Line” that consisted of Steve Heinze, David Emma and Marty McInnis from 1988 to 1990. In two seasons together, the HEM Line totaled 363 points in 82 games played. On average, the HEM line generated 4.43 points per game. Comparably, the Gaudreau-Arnold-Hayes line is averaing 5.6 points per game.
DA DA DA...DA DA DA!
Patrick Brown’s heroic redeflection goal in the championship game of the Beanpot warranted ESPN’s SportsCenter’s No. 1 play of the day on Feb. 10, 2014. This season alone, Boston College has accounted for two No. 1 plays with the first occurring on Oct. 25, 2013, when Ian McCoshen made a game-saving play in the crease to force overtime at Minnesota. Brown’s game-winning play was also a topic of discussion on ESPN’s popular talk show, Pardon the Interruption (PTI).
Boston College might be known for its offense, but the Eagles have not surrendered more than two goals in its last seven outings. The Eagles defensive corps has soared to the fourth-ranked unit in the NCAA, surrendering only 2.10 goals per game.
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.
THREE THE HARD WAY
Bill Arnold tallied his first-career hat trick thanks to three different types of goals on Feb. 7 against Merrimack. Arnold native scored the first goal of the game short-handed 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.
SHY OF BEING SHUTOUT
Boston College has not been shutout in 89 games. That is the longest active streak in the nation. Denver is next at 62 and Union is third with 56. Air Force is at 50.
DEMKO DAMING UP THE NET
Freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko has emerged as one of the country’s sturdiest goaltender and has the numbers to back it up. The San Diego, Calif., native owns the country’s best goals against average (1.77 GAA) and best winning percentage of .857 (11-1-2). Demko’s save percentage rests at .935, third best in college hockey.
BROWN LOW DOWN
Patrick Brown was not only a hot topic on ESPN, but has also accounted for 10 points (5-5-10) in his last seven games, including a pair of game-winning goals. Against Maine, on Jan. 18, Brown not only tallied his first-career two-goal game, but both strikes came via the power play. BC 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 scored his first-career power play goal, the game-winning marker, in his 100th-career outing as an Eagle on Jan. 10 against PC.
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 with 2.00 ppg while Kevin Hayes is second (1.66 ppg). Gaudreau is also first in goals per game (0.86) and second in assists per game (1.14). The Eagles own the nation’s highest scoring margin (+2.28) and the best penalty kill in the game, preventing 91.6 percent of opponents’ chances. BC’s combined special teams is tied for first in the NCAA (60.3 percent).
• Boston College won its fifth-straight Beanpot title, one short of BU’s record six from 1995 to 2000 #WeAreBC
• With a sweep of Vermont this weekend, Boston College can clinch the Hockey East regular season title #WeAreBC
• Johnny Gaudreau extended the country’s longest point streak to 24 games with a goal and an assist in the Beanpot #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 .857 (11-1-2) is the best mark in college hockey #WeAreBC