Demko, Eagles Gather Hockey East Awards
Dec. 9, 2013
WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko earned his first weekly award as an Eagle, picking up Hockey East Defense Player of the Week honors for his victorious 28-save performance at New Hampshire on Saturday night.
The first-year backstopper was under fire all night at the Whittemore Center, anchoring BC's defense as the Eagles were outshot, 29-19, in a 2-1 triumph to help sweep New Hampshire. With the win, Demko upped his overall mark to 4-1-1 on the season. His winning percentage of .750 is tied for 11th-best in all of college hockey.
Demko broke onto the BC scene with a career-high 36 saves in a hard-fought 3-3 stalemate at Minnesota on Oct. 25. Since arriving at The Heights, the San Diego native has amassed a 2.31 goals against average and a save percentage of .911. Those figures rank 27th and 40th, nationally, amongst all college goaltenders.
On Dec. 4, Demko was one of 26 skaters to be selected for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster as announced by USA Hockey. The 6-foot-3 goalie will battle Providence's Jon Gillies and Anthony Stolarz (London Knights - Ontario Hockey League). Demko will take part in training camp from Dec. 15-18 at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena alongside teammates Ryan Fitzgerald, Ian McCoshen and Steven Santini.
With the efforts of Demko and the rest of the Eagles, Boston College has been named the Hockey East Team of the Week after its two-game sweep of No. 18 New Hampshire on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7. On Friday, BC skated past the Wildcats, 6-2, before Demko grabbed his fourth victory of the season in a 2-1 decision for Boston College.
The two awards BC garnered on Monday count as the fifth and sixth Hockey East merits this season. Ryan Fitzgerald gathered Boston College's first league award of the season after being named Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Nov. 4. Johnny Gaudreau followed suit the following week, winning Hockey East Player of the Week honors on Nov. 11. Last week, Gaudreau was named Hockey East Player of the Month (November) while Fitzgerald was heralded as the Rookie of the Month (November).
Boston College will recess for the holidays and play in a couple professional venues around the New Year. Just after Christmas, the Eagles will take part in the Three Rivers Classic at Consul Energy Center (home of the Pittsburgh Penguins) in Pittsburgh. BC square off against Bowling Green in the first round on Friday, Dec. 27, at 4:35 p.m. and take on either Robert Morris of Penn State on Saturday, Dec. 28 (TBD).
Following the tournament in Pittsburgh, Boston College will host Notre Dame as part of Citi Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 7:30 p.m.