The Eagles could not have welcomed back their leading scorer, sophomore wing Johnny
Gaudreau, at a better time. Boston College faces a fourth ranked New Hampshire twice this
weekend in what will prove to be an incredibly important home-and-home series.
The return of Gaudreau, who won gold in this year’s World Junior Championships as the
leading scorer on team USA, also brings with it a return to normalcy of BC’s lineup. In Johnny
G.’s absence, top liners Steven Whitney and Pat Mullane had struggled to find chemistry and
momentum with any of the fill-ins Coach York had inserted into the top trio. The second line,
made up of Brendan Silk, Kevin Hayes, and Bill Arnold, has caught fire of late. Sophomore
Destry Straight – at one point the leading goal scorer on the team before injuries – will most
likely be bumped from the first to the third line to keep the second line from cooling off.
BC will need its lines playing at full throttle and with utmost confidence and chemistry when it
takes on UNH this Friday and Saturday, the 11th and 12th. Two wins against the Wildcats would
surely propel the Eagles into second place, and possibly first. The most recent NCAA polling
had Notre Dame edging out BC by a single point for second place, but that was before the
Fighting Irish lost to the number one ranked Golden Gophers of Minnesota on January 8.
While the goal is clearly to sweep the home-and-home series against UNH, the Wildcats will
have a major say in how this weekend plays out. Leading scorer, junior Kevin Goumas will be a
name to watch, as he has been all over the score sheet of late. Sophomore goalie Casey DeSmith
has been stellar this year after replacing upperclassman Jeff Wyer in net, posting a 12-3-2 record
between the pipes.
Boston College will have an added impetus to do well this weekend. Head Coach Jerry York will
miss both UNH games recovering from eye surgery. All of us here at The Gavel would like to
wish the winningest coach in collegiate hockey history the speediest of recoveries.