Roundup: Two More For Gaudreau in Win Over Providence
Quinnipiac Snaps Union's Streak
CHN Staff Report
Boston College won its sixth-straight game over second-place Providence in dominating style, skating by the No. 6 Friars, 5-2, in front of a soldout Kelley Rink on Friday night. Junior Johnny Gaudreau headlined the night once again with a four-point performance while seniors Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold notched their 100th-career point and 50th-career goal, respectively, in the victory.
The Eagles and Friars were tied, 2-2, after two periods of play before a three-goal final frame iced the game for Boston College. Senior Patrick Brown, in his 100th-career contest, notched the game-winning power play goal 37 seconds into the third period.
Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to 15 games in demonstrative fashion. In his 15-game tear, the Carneys Point, N.J., native has accounted for 16 goals and 15 assists, averaging over two points per game.
Quinnipiac leaped over Union for first place in the ECAC with a 2-1 win in Hamden. Bryce Van Brabant scored 56 seconds after Union had tied the game in the third period, accounting for the game winner.
With the win, Quinnipiac snapped Union's 10-game unbeaten streak while also ending the Dutchmen's streak of 13 consecutive games with three goals scored. The Bobcats also handed Union its first road loss of the season while improving to 4-1-2 against ranked teams this season.
Jordan Samuels-Thomas scored the other goal for Quinnipiac.
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Cornell's game against Massachusetts was cancelled because of ice problems at Lynah Rink. The game will not be re-scheduled. A compressor failed inside the rink, and on a day where the weather warmed up considerably in the Ithaca area. Originally, the school pushed the start time of the game back a half hour, but couldn't get the problem fixed in time.
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Ville Runola made his first career start and stopped 20 of 22 shots in Clarkson's 3-2 win over Merrimack.
"He competes hard in practice," Clarkson coach Casey Jones said of Runola. "He's athletic. His daily work habits is really top notch. So our guys were excited to play in front of him. He made some saves when it got to 2-2 to keep that game (close)."
Clarkson got two late first-period goals, but were otherwise outplayed as the game was 2-2 through two periods.
"We weren't very good for two periods," Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. "There was not a lot of energy, not a lot of emotion, we didn't have a lot of battle in us. The third period, we came out with a lot of drive and competed for pucks."
Said Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy, “They got off to a good start in the third period and I’m not sure we responded the way we wanted to, but that said, that’s a game we should win. There are some basic things we need to do more.”
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Colton Phinney made 33 saves and Princeton's defense held RPI's Ryan Haggerty in check, in a 2-1 win for the Tigers. Haggery came into the game as the nation's top goal scorer with 18, though he was surpassed by Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau.
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Jimmy Sarjeant stopped a career-high 51 shots to earn his first career shutout, leading Mercyhurst to a 1-0 victory over Holy Cross. The Lakers, winners of their last three, improved to 12-9-2 overall and an AHA-leading 10-1-1 in the conference. The Crusaders dropped to 4-14-2 overall and 3-8-2 in league play.
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With Jason Torf out until mid-February, Chris Truehl has stepped up in the Air Force net. The freshman, who is the reigning AHA rookie of the week, made 20 saves to defeat Army, 3-1. “This was a hard-fought win, there was nothing easy about it,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. “Our top line was the class of the game, best line on the ice. They were good tonight. Truehl did what he had to do. He was solid and got better as the game went on.”
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American International went into Niagara's Dwyer Arena and got a win, upsetting the Purple Eagles. "It was such a tough stretch on the road. It’s been almost two months since we’ve played at Dywer so to come back here and be that flat was very disappointing,” Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. “You have to give AIC credit. When you give up 20 shots and they score five times you’re not going to win at any level with those numbers. The loss is not on our two goalies because we were flat from start to finish and couldn’t get any momentum going.”