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Kevin Hayes is averaging 1.50 points per game, good for second best in college hockey

Kevin Hayes is averaging 1.50 points per game, good for second best in college hockey

March 12, 2014

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Notre Dame returns to The Heights once again after delivering a streak-ending blow to Boston College in the regular season finale at Kelley Rink on March 1. One minute and 56 seconds into overtime, Vince Hinostroza curbed the Eagles’ 19-game winning streak with the game-winning goal, ending BC’s run of not experiencing a loss in 92 days. Friday’s tilt initiates a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals series with the Irish, marking ND’s first-ever quarterfinal contest as part of the league. At a minimum of two games in Chestnut Hill this weekend, Boston College will have hosted ND at least four times this season, including the Jan. 4 display at Fenway Park and the aforementioned regular season finale on March 1. Despite their most recent setback, the Eagles still hold the overall series advantage, 18-14-2 (.559), and have split with ND in conference play, 1-1. For games play on The Heights between BC and ND, the overall series stands at an even 8-8-1.

Notre Dame kept its first postseason as a member of Hockey East alive with a 3-2 triumph at home over Boston University on Saturday, March 8. With that win, the Irish have now won five-straight conference playoff games dating back to their CCHA membership. Heading into the quarterfinal series with BC, Notre Dame has rattled off a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1), including a five-game winning streak. Over the course of that seven-game string, the Irish have surrendered just one tally per game, including three-consecutive shutouts (2/15 – PC | 2/21 – BU | 2/22 – BU). With that, Notre Dame sports the fourth-stingiest defense, backed by goaltender Steven Summerhayes and his NCAA-leading seven shutouts in 33 games played. Hinostroza, who burst BC’s bubble two weeks ago, is the sixth highest scoring freshman in college hockey (7-21-28), averaging 0.97 points per game. ND’s seven-game unbeaten streak is currently third best in college hockey.

- Jerry York holds the record for most Hockey East tournament championships, having won nine (1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) and amassing an overall win-loss total of 51-31-1 (.792) in 65 conference postseason games

- Johnny Gaudreau is the active career leader in points during the Hockey East tournament (5-6-11)

- Boston College holds the record for most consecutive victories in the Hockey East tournament (12 wins | 2010 - 2013)

- Boston College has won the most Hockey East tournament titles in league history (11 | 1987, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)

- Boston College has won 18-consecutive quarterfinal contests with its last loss coming in 2004 in a decisive game three to Boston University, 4-2

- Boston College owns the most Hockey East championship game appearances in conference history (16 | 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)

- If Boston College defeats Notre Dame in the quarterfinal round, it will make the semifinals for the 10-consecutive time, breaking the conference record; the Eagles are currently tied with Boston University (2002-10) at nine-straight semifinal showings

Boston College will skate in its 25th Hockey East quarterfinals series, and first against Notre Dame, with an overall record of 34-13-1. The Eagles have won 18-consecutive quarterfinal games with their last setback in this round coming against Boston University in 2004 (1-4). Notre Dame will obviously be a first-time quarterfinals opponent for BC while Merrimack has faced the Eagles most often in this round (the Eagles have gone 8-1-0).

Boston College has an overall record of 61-24-2 (.713) in the Hockey East tournament with a record 11 Lamoriello Trophies (1987, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) and the same number of tournament MVPs. If Boston College can defeat Notre Dame in the best-of-three series, the Eagles will tie and then surpass Boston University’s record of 62 victories in the Hockey East tournament. In the semifinal round, BC is 16-5, all-time and has won 11-of-16 Hockey East championship bouts.

Jerry York’s nine Hockey East tournament titles (1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) are the gold standard. BU’s Jack Parker is second with seven. York is 51-13-1 (.792) in 65 conference postseason contests. Boston College has advanced to the semifinal round of the league tournament in each of the last 10 seasons and 14 times overall under York.

Boston College will be the No. 1 seed in the Hockey East tournament for the 12th time. As the No. 1 seed, the Eagles have amassed an overall record of 26-7. The Eagles have won six of their 11 Hockey East tournament titles as the No. 1 seed (BC has won it three times as the No. 2 seed and one time each as the No. 3 and No. 4 seed).

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.

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.

Boston College surpassed its win total from the 2012-13 season of 22 victories, picking up 25 wins in 33 tries. If the Eagles can defeat Notre Dame in the HEA quarterfinals, win the remainder of the Hockey East tournament and win the national title, BC would total 34 wins. That would top the 33-win benchmark set by the 2011-12 and 2001-02 squads.

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From Dec. 6 to Feb. 22, Boston College amassed a 19-game unbeaten streak, with 17 wins and two draws, before suffering its first loss in 92 days to Notre Dame on March 1. The Eagles’ 19-game unbeaten streak this season 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.

Johnny Gaudreau is averaging nearly two points per game (1.88 ppg) after becoming the first skater in college hockey to hit the 40-point, 50-point and 60-point plateaus this season. Gaudreau’s 30 goals and 34 assists in 34 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 second on the assist chart with 1.00 helper per outing. Gaudreau’s six game-winning goals are tied for second-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 29 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 27 goals and 29 assists for 56 points along with 16 multi-point performances and a +33 rating. Gaudreau is two 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 ALL 20-consecutive conference games, three short of Kariya’s 23-game streak. This season, there were only 20 league games.

Johnny Gaudreau still has the postseason left on the schedule and is already 13 points ahead of last year’s points total (64). 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 tied Colorado College’s Marty Sertich’s mark of 64 points (2004-05).

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 20th all-time at Boston College (72-87-159). Gaudreau’s 159 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 has scored a power play goal in five-consecutive games stretching from Feb. 14 to March 1. The 5-foot-8 winer has also scored a goal in his last six outings, starting on Feb. 10 in the Beanpot Tournament. Gaudreau’s six-game goal-scoring streak stands as a career high.

Boston College held the distinction of the No. 1-ranked team in the country in both the and the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine polls from Feb. 10 to March 2, 2014. It marked the first time the Eagles have been the top-ranked unit in college hockey since Dec. 17, 2012. Following the loss to Notre Dame on March 1, the Eagles have slipped to No. 2 and are also ranked second in’s Pairwise rankings with an RPI of .6007.

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 amassed a 19-1 mark since these three paired as a forward line, the trio has combined for 41 goals and 54 assists (95 points) and a +64 plus/minus rating. Since the combination of these three, they have ALL scored at least one point per game in FIFTEEN of their last 20 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 six, nationally, in scoring. Gaudreau is the NCAA’s top scorer (1.88 ppg), followed by Hayes in second (1.50 ppg) and Arnold, ranked sixh (1.29 ppg). This line has outscored all of its opponents, combined, 41-35, since Dec. 6.

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 4.75 points per game.

Thanks to College Hockey Inc., several different stats are available. Boston College leads the country in: wins (25), win percentage (.794), goals scored (142), goals per game (4.18), points per game (11.68) and goal margin (+71).

Boston College might be known for its offense, but the Eagles have not surrendered more than three goals in its last 12 outings. The Eagles defensive corps is ranked fifth best in the NCAA, surrendering only 2.09 goals per game.

Johnny Gaudreau’s 1.80 ppg (HEA only) is the most since UNH’s Jason Krog (53 pts in 24 league games - 1998-99). Also, Thatcher Demko’s 1.35 GAA in Hockey East play is the lowest since Jimmy Howard’s (Maine) record of 1.15 in 2003-04.

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.

Boston College has not been shutout in 94 games. That is the longest active streak in the nation. Denver is next at 66 and Union is third with 62.

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 (1.75 GAA) and second-best winning percentage of .806 (13-2-3). Demko’s save percentage rests at .935, fifth best in college hockey.

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 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 (1.50 ppg). Hayes is now tied with current associate head coach Greg Brown for 54th all-time with 118 career points (39-79-118).

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 fifth in the country. The Eagles have converted 23.8 percent of their chances (29-of-122) and also owns the nation’s top combined special teams (61.0) with the second-ranked penalty kill that has staved off 91.3 percent (137-of-150) of its chances.

Johnny Gaudreau is tied for second-most career points (159) in the NCAA, but his points per game rate of 1.41 is the best in college hockey. He has also scored the third-most career goals (72) in all the land and has the seventh-most assists (87). Gaudreau’s 17-career game-winning goals are tied for first 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 4.18 goals per game. Johnny Gaudreau leads that charge as the nation’s leading point scorer in the NCAA with 1.88 ppg while Kevin Hayes is second (1.50 ppg). Gaudreau is also first in goals per game (0.88) and second in assists per game (1.00). The Eagles own the nation’s highest scoring margin (+2.09) and the second-best penalty kill in the game, preventing 91.3 percent of opponents’ chances. BC’s combined special teams is first in the NCAA (60.7 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. On Feb. 19, College Hockey News slated Boston College the ‘Team of the Week’. Most recently, Gaudreau earned his third Hockey East Player of the Month honor (Feb.) this season.

Freshman Thatcher Demko recorded his second shutout in six starts with a 33-save performance against UMass Lowell on Feb. 21. Demko will attempt to match John Muse’s three shutouts as a freshman during his 2007-08 campaign. Demko is the first freshman to post a shutout at BC since John Muse registered three during his rookie campaign in 2007-08.

• Boston College is the No. 1 seed in the Hockey East tournament for the 12th time in program history #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau extended the country’s longest point streak to 29 games and is two short of Kariya’s 31-game record #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau is the nation’s leading points and goal scorer in the country, averaging 1.88 points and 0.88 goals per game #WeAreBC

Johnny Gaudreau earned his third Hockey East Player of the Month (Feb.) honor this season #WeAreBC

• .@BCHockeyNews has won 18-straight Hockey East quarterfinals contests and not lost since 2004 in that round (Feb. 1, 1949 - Feb. 7, 1950) #WeAreBC

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