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Men's Hockey Squares Off with No. 7 Lowell

Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold are ranked first and fourth, respectively, in scoring in all of college hockey

Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold are ranked first and fourth, respectively, in scoring in all of college hockey

Feb. 19, 2014

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UMass Lowell is the last team on BC’s docket in Hockey East play. Boston College has not played the River Hawks in almost a year and hope to avenge a 4-2 loss on Feb. 26, 2013, at Kelley Rink. Despite a recent surge in its program, BC has still had great success against UMass Lowell in recent history, having won eight of the last 10 encounters. Since Norm Bazin took over, the River Hawks are 2-4 against the Eagles. Friday marks the 104th contests against UMass Lowell in program history. The Eagles own a 61-35-7 (.626) winning mark over UML and a 58-31-6 (.624) in Hockey East play. Boston College is 26-13-2 all-time at Kelley Rink when the River Hawks arrive on The Heights and 18-6-1 at Tsongas Center. Jerry York has amassed a 41-19-2 total against UML. From Jan. 27, 1998 to March 16, 2001, Boston College won 15 straight games against UMass Lowell. Friday will sport the league’s top offense (BC) against Hockey East’s best defense (UML).

UMass Lowell skates into Friday’s tilt ranked the seventh team in the country and rests in second place in Hockey East. The Eagles have clinched the No. 1 seed in Hockey East, but Lowell is trying to hang on to the No. 2 spot. UMass Lowell is two points ahead of third-place teams Maine and New Hampshire, but still not guaranteed home ice for the playoffs. Lowell has been on a tear as of late; running off a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1), including a recent sweep of Massachusetts last weekend. In fact, Boston College and UMass Lowell possess the two longest unbeaten streaks in the country at 17 and six, respectively. Joseph Pendenza leads the River Hawks in scoring (12-12-24), but UML is known for its staunch defense. Lowell possesses college hockey’s best defense, surrendering a scant 1.93 goals per game. Goalies Connor Hellebuyck (.940) and Doug Carr (.934) the second- and fourth-best save percentages in college hockey.

Boston College wrapped up the Hockey East regular season championship with two weekends of play left in the regular season. The Eagles lead Hockey East in the regular season title department, winning their 13th trophy the league’s 30-year existence. Only five programs have won the regular season title, including Boston College (13), Boston University (7), New Hampshire (6), Maine (3) and UMass Lowell (1). The Eagles have won three of the last four ‘Bertagna Cups’, as Coach Jerry York likes to refer to it as.

Boston College has clinched the top spot in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Hockey East playoffs. With two weeks left in the regular season, the first-place Eagles have a nine-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.

The Eagles have not lost a game since the turn of the calendar. Ever since Boston College’s seasons commenced in November, BC has never gone undefeated once the New Year occurred in the schedule. Neither a Len Ceglarski or a Jerry York coached team has ever accomplished that feat. Since the turn of 2014, the Eagles have gone 12-0-1.

Boston College surpassed its win total from the 2012-13 season of 22 victories, picking up 24 wins in 32 tries. If the Eagles continue this pace, they can break the record for most wins in a regular season. If BC won its last three 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 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’s Pairwise rankings with the nation’s top RPI of .6107.

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 or 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 17-game unbeaten streak with 16 victories and one draw. The Eagles’ 17-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).

Johnny Gaudreau is averaging two points per game (1.97 ppg) after becoming the first skater in college hockey to hit the 50-point and 60-point plateaus this season. Gaudreau’s 27 goals and 34 assists in 31 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 26 games. Over that period, Gaudreau has accrued 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 points along with 16 multi-point performances and a +35 rating. Gaudreau is also leading the country in goals per game (0.87 gpg) and third on the assist chart with 1.10 helpers per outing.

Johnny Gaudreau still has three regular season games left, in addition to the postseason, and is already 10 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 one more point 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 22nd all-time at Boston College, one point behind Hobey Baker winner Mike Mottau. Gaudreau’s 156 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 the NCAA’s leading scorer. The 5-8 left winger is averaging 1.97 points per game (27-34-61) and was the first skater to reach the 40-point, 50-point and 60-point plateaus for the 2013-14 ledger. Not only does he lead the NCAA in goal scoring with 0.87 goals per game, his five game-winning markers are tied for second best in the game. Gaudreau is third in the NCAA with 1.10 assists per game. In fact, Gaudreau has scored a point in all but one game this season (at Minnesota – Oct. 27) and registered 18-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 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 38 goals and 53 assists (91 points) and a +70 plus/minus rating. Since the combination of these three, they have ALL scored at least one point per game in the FIFTEEN of their last 17 outings. Hayes and Arnold joined Gaudreau on career-high point streaks this season. 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 (1.97 ppg), followed by Hayes in second (1.61 ppg) and Arnold, ranked fourth (1.42 ppg). This line has outscored all of its opponents, combined, 38-31, since Dec. 6.

H-E-M 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 averages 5.35 points per game.

Thanks to College Hockey Inc., several different stats are available. Boston College leads the country in: wins (24), win percentage (.823), goals scored (136), goals per game (4.39), points per game (12.29), goal margin (+69), plus / minus (+55) and points scored when holding the lead (217 -- Quinnipiac is second with 168).

Boston College might be known for its offense, but the Eagles have not surrendered more than three goals in its last nine outings. The Eagles defensive corps tied for fifth best in the NCAA, surrendering only 2.16 goals per game.

Boston College has not been shutout in 91 games. That is the longest active streak in the nation. Denver is next at 62 and Union is third with 58.

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 third-best goals against average (1.85 GAA) and best winning percentage of .867 (12-1-2). Demko’s save percentage rests at .932, ninth best in college hockey.

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 959-573-101 (.618). York’s 959 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.

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 1.42 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 seventh in the country. The Eagles have converted 22.4 percent of their chances (26-of-116) and also owns the nation’s top combined special teams (60.3) with an unprecendent top-ranked penalty kill that has staved off 91.5 percent (129-of-141) of its chances.

Patrick Brown was not only a hot topic on ESPN, but has also accounted for 13 points (8-5-13) in his last nine games, including a three 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.

Boston College’s 17-game unbeaten streak (16-0-1), starting with the New Hampshire sweep on Dec. 6. The Eagles surpassed Minnesota for the longest unbeaten streak and with that, have been slotted the No. 1 team in USCHO’s Pairwise rankings through Jan. 9.

Johnny Gaudreau possesses the second-most career points (156) in the NCAA, but his points per game rate of 1.42 is the best in college hockey. He is also tied for the second-most career goals (69) in all the land and has the fifth-most assists (87). 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 4.39 goals per game. Johnny Gaudreau leads that charge as the nation’s leading point scorer in the NCAA with 1.97 ppg while Kevin Hayes is second (1.61 ppg). Gaudreau is also first in goals per game (0.87) and third in assists per game (1.10). The Eagles own the nation’s highest scoring margin (+2.23) and the best penalty kill in the game, preventing 91.5 percent of opponents’ chances. BC’s combined special teams is tied for first in the NCAA (60.3 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. On Feb. 19, College Hockey News slated Boston College the ‘Team of the Week’.

• Boston College clinched its league best 13th Hockey East regualr season title and third in the last four seasons #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau extended the country’s longest point streak to 26 games with a power play goal at UVM on Feb. 15 #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau is the nation’s leading points and goal scorer in the country, averaging 1.97 points and 0.87 goals per game #WeAreBC

• .@BCHockeyNews (17) and @RiverHawkHockey (6) own the first and second longest unbeaten streaks in college hockey #WeAreBC

• Boston College is two games shy of matching the longest unbeaten streak in the Jerry York era (19) #WeAreBC

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