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Johnny Gaudreau put on a show in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with three goals and three assists

Johnny Gaudreau put on a show in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with three goals and three assists

March 30, 2014

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Boston College and UMass Lowell have been the two powers in Hockey East all season long. The River Hawks plugged up BC’s 11-game winning streak on Feb. 22, 2014, in Lowell. UML erased a two-goal deficit to tie the game and the Eagles went into bit of a tailspin following that lost lead (going 1-3 against Notre Dame in the next four games). Sunday’s NCAA quarterfinal showdown marks the first-ever meeting between these two clubs in NCAA postseason action. Sunday marks the 106h encounter between Boston College and UMass Lowell and the Eagles hold a significant 62-36-7 advantage all-time. In recent history, BC is 7-2-1 against the River Hawks while BC coach Jerry York has amassed a 42-20-2 record against the Hockey East foe. Boston College has not squared off against a league opponent in NCAA Tournament play since taking on Boston University on March 25, 2006, at the DCU Center. The Eagles skated away with a 5-0 shutout over their rival.

UMass Lowell soared into the NCAA Tournament having captured its second-consecutive Hockey East Tournament title. In their first round of the tournament, the River Hawks sqaured off against Minnesota State following BC’s 6-2 win over Denver Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck notched 35 saves on 36 shots to anchor UML’s win. Hellebuyck has given up only two goals in his last four outings, including back-to-back shutouts of Notre Dame and New Hampshire, respectively, in the Hockey East Tournament. Hellebuyck’s shutout streak of 201:45 was ended with 10 seconds remaining in the game. Hellebuyck is ranked first in the nation with both a 1.71 goals against average and .944 save percentage. UMass Lowell is now 11-3-2 in its last 16 games as the River Hawks improve to 20-2-3 when scoring the first goal of the game and 21-1-2 when leading after two periods. The River Hawks are searching for their second-consecutive trip to the Frozen Four.

- Boston College is 11-1 at the DCU Center when playing in the NCAA Regional round of the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles have not lost in Worcester, Mass., since March 26, 2005, in a 6-3 loss to North Dakota.

- Boston College is 13-2 all-time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

- Boston College sports a 46-39 all-time record in the national tournament and a 33-10 mark under Jerry York.

- Jerry York is now 38-20-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 33-10 at Boston College. York’s 38 NCAA victories are the most in college hockey history. This is York’s 15th NCAA appearance in the last 18 seasons with BC, including the last five consecutive.

- Since the 1997-98 season, the Eagles are 83-21 (.798) in 104 playoff contests.

- Johnny Gaudreau remains Boston College’s current NCAA points lead with six goals and as many assists for 12 points in 6 games played (2.00 ppg in the NCAA Tournament).

- Johnny Gaudreau scored his first-career hat trick in his 117th game as an Eagle. Gaudreau had recorded 15 two-goal performances before tonight.

- Johnny Gaudreau matched a single-game personal record of six points when he scored two goals and registered four assists at Vermont on March 9, 2013. He also matched a single-game high with a +5 performance. Linemates Bill Arnold and Kevin Hayes were also a +5 on the night.

- The only other player in college hockey with six points this season is Quinnipiac’s Matthew Peca (2-4-6 on Feb. 28, 2014, against St. Lawrence).

- Johnny Gaudreau scored 25 seconds into Saturday’s first-round matchup with Denver. That is the Eagles’ fastest goal in NCAA Tournament history since David Emma scored six seconds in against Minnesota in 1990.

- Johnny Gaudreau’s six points in NCAA Tournament play is tied for the second-best performance since the tournament’s history. The Carneys Point, N.J., native became the 12th player all-time and was the last since Yale’s Mark Arcobello turned the trick against BC on March 28, 2010, at the DCU Center.

- Johnny Gaudreau’s hat trick is the 18th all-time in an NCAA regional game and the second for Boston College. Cam Atkinson scored a hat trick in the aforementioned Yale game (BC won, 9-7), on March 28, 2010.

- Johnny Gaudreau has racked up 75 points in 38 games played (1.97 ppg) this season. Gaudreau’s 75 points in a season is the fourth most in Boston College hockey history.

- Johnny Gaudreau’s 75 points is the most at Boston College since Marty Reasoner’s 73-point campaign during the 1997-98 season.

- Johnny Gaudreau is eight points away from matching the single-season record at BC set by Craig Janney. Janney registered 83 points during the 1986-87 season.

- Johnny Gaudreau’s 75 points is the most ever by a junior at The Heights.

- Johnny Gaudreau’s 35 goals this season ties him for fourth most all-time with Nathan Gerbe (2007-08), David Emma (1990-91) and Kevin Stevens (1986-87). David Emma (1989-90) and Scott Harlow (1985-86) hold the record with 38 goals apiece.

- Johnny Gaudreau’s 75 points are the most of any skater coached at Boston College by Jerry York.

- Johnny Gaudreau has scored 170 points (77-93-170) in 117 games played. Gaudreau is currently tied for 12th all-time with Kevin Stevens (1983-87).

- The collective 13 points scored by Johnny Gaudreau (3-3-6), Kevin Hayes (2-2-4) and Bill Arnold (1-2-3) matched their output against Maine on Jan. 18, 2014 (4-9-13). In Saturday’s performance against Denver, the three combined for a plus/minus rating of +15.

- As a line this season, Gaudreau, Hayes and Arnold have totaled 51 goals and 70 assists for 121 points and a +78 rating in 24 games together. As a line, the Eagles are 19-3-2.

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