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BC and Penn State Battle for Three Rivers Trophy

Boston College's penalty-killing unit has vaulted to third best in the country, stopping 90.2 percent (74-of-82) of its opponents' power plays.

Boston College's penalty-killing unit has vaulted to third best in the country, stopping 90.2 percent (74-of-82) of its opponents' power plays.

Dec. 28, 2013

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NOTES FROM LAST NIGHT'S VICTORY OVER BOWLING GREEN

- Johnny Gaudreau matched a career best on Friday, matching his first 12-game point streak he posted from Oct. 13 to Nov. 30, 2012. He has accounted for 11 goals and 12 assists in his current 12-game point streak starting on Nov. 1, 2013. Gaudreau also provided the game-winning goal, pushing his career total to 15. Gaudreau's 15 career game-winning goals are tops in college hockey.

- In his 20th-career start, Brian Billett recorded his first-career shutout via 27 saves in Friday's 5-0 triumph. The last time BC recorded a shutout on the road was when Parker Milner made 29 saves at PC on Feb. 24, 2012.

- In three games together, the line of Johnny Gaudreau - Bill Arnold - Kevin Hayes has produced 16 points (5-10-16) with a +21 rating and a 3-0-0 record.

- Travis Jeke returned to his hometown in a big way on Friday night. The Pittsburgh native not only dressed in his first game of the 2013-14 season, he also recorded his first-career multi point game with a goal and an assist in BC's 5-0 opening-round win.

- Boston College had four (Jeke, Doherty, Savage, Matheson) defensemen account for its five goals against Bowling Green in Friday's victory, marking a career best.

- Boston College earned its first power play in over two and a half games against Bowling Green when Pierre-Luc Mercier was called for charging at 13:12 of the second period. The last power play the Eagles picked up was on Nov. 29, 2013, against Holy Cross (16:28 - 3rd period). 160 minutes and 20 seconds elapsed between Boston College power plays over the course of four games (Nov. 29 - Dec. 27).

BIG TEN BONANZA
When Boston College goes for the Three Rivers Classic title on Saturday night against Penn State, not only does it mark the first time these two clubs have met, but the Eagles will have taken on two-thirds of the Big Ten Conference this season (Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota (2), Penn State). The only two teams BC hasn't played from the B1G are Michigan State and Ohio State. This marks Penn State's third Hockey East meeting of the season (Vermont / UMass Lowell).

LEADERS OF THE FLOCK
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 4.24 goals per game. Johnny Gaudreau leads that charge as the second-highest point scorer in the NCAA with 1.82 ppg while Kevin Hayes is tied for sixth (1.53 ppg). Gaudreau is also second in goals per game (0.82) while Bill Arnold is third in the country with 1.06 assists per outing. The Eagles own the second-best scoring margin (+1.94) and the third-best penalty kill in the game, preventing 90.2 percent of opponents' chances. BC's combined special teams is also tops in college hockey (59.9 percent).

JOHNNY...AND THE REST
Johnny Gaudreau is college hockey's second-leading scorer (1.82 ppg), trailing St. Lawrence's Greg Carey (1.89 ppg). Gaudreau is second in the country in goal scoring, averaging 0.812goals per game. In BC's 17 games this season, Gaudreau has accounted for eight multi-point games. On Dec. 27, against Bowling Green, Gaudreau racked up his 15th-career game-winning goal alongside a pair of assists in a 5-0 shutout. The Carneys Point, N.J., native is currently on a 12-game point streak, matching a career best, starting on Nov. 1, 2013.

GAUDREAU-ING UP THE CHARTS
With the two-goal performance on Nov. 20 at Harvard, Gaudreau cracked the top 50 goal scorers list for a career at Boston College. The Carneys Point, N.J., native is tied for 44th all-time amongst Eagle goal scorers with 56 career tallies. For his career, Gaudreau is tied for 46th all-time in point scored, having accrued 126 (56-70-126) in 96 career games. On average, Gaudreau contributes 1.31 points per game for his career.

HEADS UP FOR HAYES
Kevin Hayes' consistent play over the course of November catapulted him as the sixth most prolific scorer in the country. Heading into the break, Hayes has scored 10 goals and 16 assists this season, including six multi-point performances in November. The local product from Dorchester is averaging 1.53 points per game thus far.

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