April 8, 2014
Boston College faces Union in the NCAA semifinals on Thursday
(2) Union vs. (3) Boston College
Thursday, 5:00pm at Wells Fargo Center (TV-ESPN2)
All-Time Series: Union leads, 1-0-0
Last Meeting: March 30, 2013 – Union 5 vs. BC 1
Union Record: 30-6-4 (18-3-1 ECAC)
Boston College Record: 28-7-4 (16-2-2 Hockey East)
- Boston College enters the Frozen Four with college hockey's highest-scoring offense, averaging 4.1 goals per game through 39 contests. The Eagles are paced by their trio of Johnny Gaudreau (Carneys Point, N.J.), Bill Arnold (Needham, Mass.) and Kevin Hayes (Dorchester, Mass.), who have combined for 53 goals and 75 assists for 128 points in 25 games as a line, dating back to Dec. 6, 2013. In goal for BC, freshman Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) has made 23 starts this season, posting a 16-4-3 record along witih a 2.16 GAA and .920 save percentage.
- The Union College Dutchmen have already defeated a pair of Hockey East foes in this year's tournament, winning the East Regional with triumphs over Vermont (5-2) and Providence (3-1). Union is looking to become just the second team ever to eliminate three Hockey East squads in the same NCAA Tournament (Michigan State, 2007). The Dutchmen are paced offensively by Daniel Carr's 48 points (22g, 26a), while junior goalie Colin Stevens has a 26-4-2 record along with a 1.93 GAA, .932 save percentage and six shutouts.
If Boston College plays Minnesota for the National Championship...
- It will mark the 12th all-time NCAA Tournament meeting between the Golden Gophers and Eagles, but it will be the first time the two schools have faced off with a national title on the line. BC is 6-4 against Minnesota in the tournament, while the Gophers hold a 15-13-3 record overall against the Eagles. These two teams last met in late October, with Minnesota going 1-0-1 over the weekend. After being kept off the scoresheet in BC's 6-1 loss in Minneapolis on Oct. 27, Johnny Gaudreau recorded at least a point in each of his next 31 games, tying Paul Kariya's Hockey East overall single-season record.
If Boston College plays North Dakota for the National Championship...
- It will be the first meeting between these teams since Oct. 8, 2011, when the Eagles won the Icebreaker Tournament by defeating host North Dakota, 6-2. The all-time series between these teams is tied, 11-11-1, though Boston College has gone 8-3-1 against North Dakota under Jerry York. Seven of those twelve meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament, where York has a 5-2 record versus UND. Since opening the 2013-14 campaign with a 4-7-2 record, North Dakota has gone 21-6-1, outscoring opponents by an average of 1.29 goals per game during that stretch.