Feb. 27, 2014
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BOSTON COLLEGE vs. NOTRE DAME
Boston College and Notre Dame meet in a more conventional setting on Saturday, March 1, in the regular season finale for both clubs. In the first official Hockey East meeting between the Eagles and Irish on January 4, 2014, the two teams squared off as the marquee matchup of 2014 Citi Frozen Fenway. Boston College skated away with a 4-3 victory in bitter cold conditions thanks to a pair of tallies from Johnny Gaudreau. Saturday marks the Irish’s return to Kelley Rink for the first time since Nov. 9, 2012, when the Eagles won, 3-1. Boston College has won three of the last four encounters with Notre Dame and four of the last six, starting with BC’s 4-1 victory in Denver on April 12, 2008, to clinch the national championship in 2008. Saturday marks the 11th ‘Holy War’ at Conte Forum with the Eagles holding the 5-4-1 advantage. All time in Chestnut Hill, BC leads 8-7-1. In the last 16 and a half seasons, BC and Notre Dame represent a combined 776 victories on the ice.
EYES ON THE IRISH
Since BC and Notre Dame first met on the pitcher’s mound at Fenway Park, the Irish have mounted a 9-4-1 mark, including a 4-0-1 string in their last five outings. What’s most impressive is the Irish have not surrendered a goal in 186 minutes and 11 seconds, having shutout their last three opponents (PC, 3-0 | BU, 2-0 | BU, 2-0). Notre Dame is currently in a tie for seventh place (UVM) with 18 points in its first season of Hockey East play. UND can finish as high as sixth and as low as eighth in the HEA playoff race contingent upon this weekend’s results; thus, clinching a spot in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs (one-game play in). Thanks to some sturdy play down the stretch, Notre Dame’s defense is ranked is ranked fourth in the country (2.03 gpg) while netminder Steven Summerhays leads college hockey with seven shutouts this season. Summerhays’ 1.90 goals against average ranks fifth in the NCAA. T.J. Tynan leads UND with 31 points (8-23-31).
The senior class of Bill Arnold, Patrick Brown, Kevin Hayes and Isaac MacLeod will play in its final regular season game at Kelley Rink on Saturday afternoon. They enter the ND game with 110 total victories, including one NCAA championship (2012), three Hockey East regular season titles and two Hockey East tournament titles. These Eagles have never won less than 22 games in a season and are the second-consecutive class to capture a Beanpot title every year.
POCKET FULL OF QUARTERS
Boston College has won 25 games in a season for the fourth time in five years and nine of the last 11. Under head coach Jerry York’s tenure, the Eagles have racked up 25 victories or more in 14-of-20 seasons. 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.
LUCKY NUMBER 13
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 the league title as.
KEEPING THINGS AT KELLEY
Boston College has clinched the top spot in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Hockey East playoffs. With one week left in the regular season, the first-place Eagles have an 11-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.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO US
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 13-0-2.
Boston College surpassed its win total from the 2012-13 season of 22 victories, picking up 25 wins in 33 tries. If the Eagles continue this pace, they can break the record for most wins in a regular season. If BC defeats Notre Dame, sweeps the Hockey East Tournament and wins the national title, BC would total 34 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.
(maroon and) GOLD STANDARD
Since Dec. 6, Boston College has gone unbeaten, amassing an 19-game unbeaten streak with 17 victories and two draws. The Eagles’ 19-game unbeaten streak matches the 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). The longest unbeaten streak in program history is 22 games, ranging from Feb. 1, 1949 to Feb. 7, 1950. The Eagles are two games shy of matching BC’s longest unbeaten streak of 10 games posted from Nov. 10, 1984 to Feb. 23, 1985.
JUST KEEPS ON GAUDREAU-ING
Johnny Gaudreau is averaging two points per game (1.91 ppg) after becoming the first skater in college hockey to hit the 40-point, 50-point and 60-point plateaus this season. Gaudreau’s 29 goals and 34 assists in 33 games puts Gaudreau in the driver’s seat as the country’s leader in points scored. Gaudreau is also leading the country in goals per game (0.88 gpg) and third on the assist chart with 1.03 helpers per outing. Gaudreau’s six game-winning goals is tied for best in the land. His 18 multi-point games is the standard in college hockey, as are his nine three-point games, three four-point showings.
Johnny Gaudreau is in the midst of college hockey’s longest point streak. The Carneys Point, N.J., native has scored at least one point in his last 27 games and has been held scoreless in just one outing this season (at Minnesota - Oct. 27). Over the course of Gaudreau’s streak, he has accrued 26 goals and 29 assists for 55 points along with 16 multi-point performances and a +34 rating. Gaudreau is three games shy of matching the Hockey East record set by Paul Kariya (Maine) for his 31-game point streak that spanned from Oct. 23, 1992 to March 2, 1993. Vermont’s Craig Homola posted a 32-game streak, but that occurred over the course of two seasons (1979 and 1980). Gaudreau has also scored a point in 19-consecutive conference games, four short of Kariya’s 23-game streak. This season, there are only 20 league games.
JOHNNY BE (doing) GOOD
Johnny Gaudreau still has one regular season games left, in addition to the postseason, and is already 12 points ahead of last year’s points total (63). 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 just surpassed Spencer Abbott’s total of 62 points in 2011-12 and has Colorado College’s Marty Sertich’s mark of 64 points (2004-05) in sight.
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 21st all-time at Boston College (71-87-158). Gaudreau’s 158 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.
QUICK CONFERENCE NOTES
Johnny Gaudreau’s 1.84 ppg (HEA only) is the most since UNH’s Jason Krog (53 pts in 24 league games - 1998-99). Also, Thatcher Demko’s 1.29 GAA in Hockey East play is the lowest since Jimmy Howard’s (Maine) record of 1.15 in 2003-04.
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 .6106.
Boston College will post its 17th-straight winning campaign under Jerry York and 74 winning season (out of 92) in program history.
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 40 goals and 54 assists (94 points) and a +67 plus/minus rating. Since the combination of these three, they have ALL scored at least one point per game in FIFTEEN of their last 19 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 seven, nationally, in scoring. Gaudreau is the NCAA’s top scorer (1.91 ppg), followed by Hayes in third (1.55 ppg) and Arnold, ranked seventh (1.33 ppg). This line has outscored all of its opponents, combined, 40-33, 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 averages 4.95 points per game.
NEXT LEVEL STATISTICS
Thanks to College Hockey Inc., several different stats are available. Boston College leads the country in: wins (25), win percentage (.818), goals scored (141), goals per game (4.27), points per game (11.97) and goal margin (+72).
Boston College might be known for its offense, but the Eagles have not surrendered more than three goals in its last 11 outings. The Eagles defensive corps is ranked fifth best in the NCAA, surrendering only 2.09 goals per game.
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 (1.74 GAA) and best winning percentage of .853 (13-1-3). Demko’s save percentage rests at .937, third best in college hockey.
SPECIAL SPECIAL TEAMS
BC scored three power play goals in a game twice this season and has elevated the unit to fifth in the country. The Eagles have converted 23.3 percent of their chances (28-of-120) and also owns the nation’s top combined special teams (60.7) with an unprecendent top-ranked penalty kill that has staved off 91.2 percent (134-of-147) of its chances.
• 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 28 games and is three short of Kariya’s 31-game record #WeAreBC
• Johnny Gaudreau is the nation’s leading points and goal scorer in the country, averaging 1.91 points and 0.88 goals per game #WeAreBC
• Thatcher Demko owns college hockey’s best winning percentage (.853) and goals against average (1.74) #WeAreBC
• Boston College is three games shy of matching the longest unbeaten mark in school history of 22 games (Feb. 1, 1949 - Feb. 7, 1950) #WeAreBC