Dec. 5, 2013
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BOSTON COLLEGE VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE
Boston College and New Hampshire lock up in a pivotal two-game Hockey East series after each club stepped out of conference last weekend. Friday’s game between UNH and BC will feature the second and third-place teams as the Wildcats are up one point on the Eagles in the standings. Boston College has dominated the series in recent history; winning 7-of-10 encounters, but is winless in its last two games against New Hampshire. The Eagles tied UNH at home last season, 4-4, after losing a 2-1 decision at the Whittemore Center earlier in the year. Overall, the BC-UNH series has been closely contested since its inception in 1937. BC holds the slight all-time advantage, 65-63-13 (.507), with a 45-45-12 (.510) in Hockey East matchups. BC’s newest assistant, Mike Ayers, was New Hampshire’s goaltender from 2000-04. Ayers was voted second-team All-American in 2003. BC’s Jerry York and UNH’s Dick Umile have combined to win 1,471 college hockey games.
New Hampshire’s season has gone through ebbs and flows in the first half. In UNH’s first seven games, the Wildcats amassed a 1-5-1 record, but since Nov. 2, have gone 8-2. New Hampshire is fresh off a two-game sweep at Colorado College, bouncing back from its lone two losses since Nov. 2 against Providence (2-4) and Harvard (3-6). Senior forward Kevin Goumas leads the Wildcat attack, tied for 26th in the country with 1.19 points per game while classmate Nick Sorkin has tallied 11 goals (0.65 gpg), good for 15th in the NCAA. Defensively, Trevor van Riemsdyk is a key contributor on the other end, as well. van Riemsdyk is the third highest-scoring blue liner in college hockey with 1.06 ppg (3-15-18). Third-year goaltender Casey DeSmith has been solid thus far, owning the ninth-best save percentage (.934) and goals against average (1.84) in the country. UNH’s defense is ranked 11th nationally (2.24 gpg) while the offense is 15th (3.35 gpg).
Jim Logue NIGHT
Longtime Boston College assistant coach and former BC goaltender Jim Logue will be honored in a pregame ceremony on Friday night at Kelley Rink. Logue, who starred in net for the Eagles from 1959-61, began his coaching tenure at Boston College in December 1993. In 1999, Logue was one of the initial three former players whose BC jersey was retired.
Freshmen Thatcher Demko, Ryan Fitzgerald, Ian McCoshen and Steven Santini were selected for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster on Dec. 4. Boston College leads the U.S. National Team’s preliminary roster with four representatives out of 18 collegiate skaters. The final 23-man roster will be announced on Dec. 23 for the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from Dec. 26, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. Since 1981, 35 former Eagles have donned the red, white and blue for Team USA in the World Junior Championships, including current skaters Bill Arnold and Johnny Gaudreau.
A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
BC forward tandem Johnny Gaudreau and Ryan Fitzgerald were tabbed Hockey East Player of the Month and Hockey East Rookie of the Month, respectively, on Dec. 3. In 18 games between the two forwards, at least one scored a point in 17 outings. Gaudreau strung together a nine-game point streak through November, totaling nine goals, eight assist, a +11 rating and four multi-point performances. Fitzgerald recorded six goals and five assists with a pair of multi-point games. This marks Gaudreau’s fifth Hockey East Player of the Month award and BC’s first since he won it in November 2012.
LEADERS OF THE FLOCK
Nationally speaking, the Eagles rest in the top five 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 4.21 goals per game. Johnny Gaudreau leads that charge as the second-highest point scorer in the NCAA with 1.79 ppg while Kevin Hayes is tied for fourth (1.50 ppg). Gaudreau is also third in goals per game (0.86) while Bill Arnold is tied for fourth in the country with 1.07 assists per outing. The Eagles own the fourth-highest scoring margin (+1.64) and the fifth-best penalty kill in the game, preventing 88.7 percent of opponents’ chances.
HEADS UP FOR HAYES
Senior Kevin Hayes’ consistent play over the course of November catapulted him tied for fourth in the country in scoring. Leading up to Dec. 6, Hayes has scored eight goals and 13 assists this season, including five multi-point performances in November. The local product from Dorchester is averaging 1.50 points per game thus far. He is also tied for eighth in the NCAA with 0.93 assists per game.
Ever since Johnny Gaudreau (LW), Bill Arnold (C) and Austin Cangelosi (RW) have paired up as linemates, the trio has combined for 38 points (15-23-38) in nine games. That line has amassed a 6-1-2 mark with a combined plus/minus rating of +31 since the Northeastern game on Nov. 1.
JOHNNY…AND THE REST
Johnny Gaudreau is college hockey’s second-leading scorer (1.79 ppg), two-hundredths of a point per game behind St. Lawrence’s Greg Carey (1.81 ppg). Gaudreau is third in the country in goal scoring, averaging 0.86 goals per game. In six of Boston College’s last 14 outings, Gaudreau has posted a multi-point game. On Nov. 8, at Boston University, Gaudreau racked up his 13th-career game-winning goal alongside a pair of assists in a 5-1 triumph. The Carneys Point, N.J., native is currently on a nine-game point streak, three games shy of a career best.
• Johnny Gaudreau is the second leading scorer in the country, averaging 1.79 points per game (12-13-25) #WeAreBC
• .@BCHockeyNews’s offense is the top-ranked unit in the country - The Eagles are averaging an NCAA-best 4.21 gpg #WeAreBC
• Kevin Hayes’ consistent play has vaulted him tied for fourth in the country in scoring with 1.50 ppg #WeAreBC
• Johnny Gaudreau tied associate head coach Greg Brown on BC’s career points list for 54th all time (120 points) #WeAreBC
• Thatcher Demko, Ryan Fitzgerald Ian McCoshen and Steven Santini were selected for U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster #WeAreBC