Boston College Shut Outs Bowling Green To Open 2013 Three Rivers Classic

A pair of # 12′s meet as Boston College right wing KEVIN HAYES (left), the homegrown senior from Dorchester, Massachusetts, who was the first round choice (# 24 overall) of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Black Hawks at the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, and Bowling Green left wing BRYCE WILLIAMSON battle for the puck during the opening game of the 2ND ANNUAL THREE RIVERS CLASSIC tournament held at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A trio of goals either scored or created by one of last season’s three finalists for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award all within the first seven minutes of the contest set the five-time NCAA national champion well on its way to a convincing shutout victory as # 6 ranked BOSTON COLLEGE blanked proud BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY in the the first semifinal match of the 2013 THREE RIVERS CLASSIC in Pittsburgh.

Eagles star left wing JOHNNY GAUDREAU, the fourth round selection (# 104 overall) of the Calgary Flames at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft and honored as an NCAA (East) First Team All-America last season after totaling 51 points (21 goals) in 35 games as a sophomore for Boston College, wasted little time stamping his authority on the Three Rivers Classic opener. The junior from Carneys Point, New Jersey, collected a cross-ice pass in the neutral zone and sped down the right side before beating Bowling Green netminder TOMMY BURKE with one of his patented backhand attempts. This after only one minute and nineteen seconds had expired since the drop of the very first puck.

Less than two minutes on, Gaudreau was directly involved again and provided the puck that Boston College defenseman TRAVIS JEKE carried all the way down the right side on surprisingly solo rush that ended when the sophomore rearguard also beat the Falcons netminder Burke with a backhander that went top shelf. It was a first goal of this 2013/14 NCAA campaign for the little-used native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who made 22 appearances (2 go, 5 pts) for the Eagles as a freshman but, for the most part, has found himself on the outside looking in this term. It should be remembered that head coach JERRY YORK’s club is without the services of two regular defensemen, IAN MCCOSHEN and STEVE SANTINI, two freshmen who are both currently competing with the United States junior national team at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden and so it was a wonderful opportunity for the hometown kid Jeke to make his season debut for Boston College against Bowling Green at the Consol Energy Center.


Boston College left wing JOHNNY GAUDREAU (13) extended his personal streak this season to twelve consecutive games with at least one point by scoring one goal and adding two assists against Bowling Green State Univeristy in the opening contest of the 2013 Three Rivers Classic holiday tournament held at the Consol Energy Center (the regular rink for the NHL’s Penguins) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The lethal Gaudreau was also an integral part of the pretty passing play with his two other talented linemates, center BILL ARNOLD and right wing KEVIN HAYES, in the offensive zone which permitted Boston College defenseman TED DOHERTY, the undrafted sophomore from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to skate right out in front and, with the aid of a nifty little deke, draw Burke out of position enough to score his second goal of this NCAA season at the 6:45 mark of the opening period.

This early flurry of offensive activity at the expense of the Falcons at the Consol Energy Center was more than enough for the in-form, if undermanned, Eagles defensive corps. Boston College received quality goaltending all evening long from BRIAN BILLETT, the junior from Brunswick, Maine, who stopped 27 shots in all and registered his first shutout of the season. Bowling Green right wing MATT POHLKAMP, the 20-year-old freshman from Baxter, Minnesota, came close to spoiling Billett’s bid for the clean sheet but could only ring an attempt off the iron with roughly three minutes left in the game.

Boston College scored for the fourth time unanswered when defenseman SCOTT SAVAGE, the 18-year-old freshman from San Clemente, California, wrist shot through traffic from the left point shortly after a face-off win from center PATRICK BROWN, the undrafted senior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, whose father, Doug Brown, skated in 854 NHL games and won two Stanley Cups in his career, almost three minutes past the halfway point of the contest. Altogether, four of Boston College’s five goals against Bowling Green in Pittsburgh were, in fact, accounted for by Eagles defensemen. Canadian legionnaire MIKE MATHESON, the sophomore defenseman from Pointe-Claire, Quebec, a fine individual play to drive to the front of the net and finish after good preparatory work from the debuting defenseman Jeke as well as Canadian legionnaire DESTRY STRAIGHT, the undrafted junior left wing from West Vancouver, British Columbia, with less than 20 seconds remaining in the Three Rivers Classic contest.


Boston College defenseman MIKE MATHESON, the 19-year-old Canadian import who was picked in the first round (# 23 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers, skates around Bowling Green State University defenseman CONNOR KUCERA (3), the rugged junior from Twin Lakes, Indiana, and is about to score his third goal of this current NCAA season late in the third period of the 2013 Three Rivers Classic tilt at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

December 27, 2013
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 8,533


01:19 … BC – Gaudreau (Hayes, Arnold)
03:33 … BC – Jeke (Gaudreau, Arnold)
06:45 … BC – Doherty (Hayes, Gaudreau)
32:50 … BC – Savage (Sit, Brown)
59:54 … BC – Matheson (Jeke, Straight)

shots-on-goal : BC 38 (12 + 11 + 15) – BG 27 (7 + 12 + 7)

penalty minutes : BC 6 – BG 4

BOSTON COLLEGE : Billett – MacLeod, Matheson ; Savage, Doherty ; Jeke, Linell – Gaudreau, Arnold, Hayes ; Sit, Brown, Smith ; Straight, Fitzgerald, Cangelosi ; Calnan, Gilmour, Silk

BOWLING GREEN : Burke – Freiburgs, Sullivan ; Perrier, Walker ; Kucera, Delgadillo – Williamson, De Salvo, Cooper ; Tate, Wojtala, Berkle ; Mohler, Wallace, Murphy ; Dufour, Mercier, Pohlkamp


Boston College defenseman TRAVIS JEKE (8), the native of Pittsburgh who ended his highly successful evening with a goal and an assist in front of the hometown audience, congratulates fellow Eagles blueliner MIKE MATHESON after the latter closed out the scoring against Bowling Green State University with a goal in the third period of the opening game at the 2013 Three Rivers Classic at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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