Boston College Forward Johnny Gaudreau Leads Eagles to Victory in the “Three Rivers Classic” Championship Game
Johnny Gaudreau’s performance earned him the tournament MVP award and a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
In the first game of the tournament, Johnny Gaudreau wasted no time scoring his 14th goal of the season to extend his 12-game point streak. Gaudreau’s goal was the fastest game-opening marker (1:19) scored in Three Rivers Classic history, eclipsing Andrew Blazek’s (Robert Morris) first-period goal against Penn State on Dec. 28, 2012 (1:49).
In two games, Gaudreau managed to extend a career-high 13 game point streak and eight-game assist streak. Of his 33 points this season (15G-18A), 12 goals and 13 assists have been in the last 13 games, marking the streak that began on Nov. 1, 2013. Gaudreau is second in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey in points.
Joining Gaudreau on the All-Tournament Team were his fellow teammates, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold. The dynamic first line of Gaudreau, Hayes, and Arnold combined for 12 points (3G-9A), helping Boston College defeat both Bowling Green and Penn State to secure first place in the tournament. On the season, the Boston College trio has amassed 30 goals, 53 assists, and 83 points, accounting for 38.2% of the (83-for-217) of the Eagles’ points through 18 games.
In addition to the BC first line, forward Bryce Williamson joins the All-Tournament Team to represent Bowling Green. Williamson scored one of the three goals against RMU in the consolation round to help lead the falcons to a 3-2 victory. He is currently leading the team with 18 points (9G-9A), and is on pace to break his career-high mark of 19 set during the 2012-13 season.
Despite losing both games they played, Robert Morris goaltender Terry Shafer stopped 88 of the 94 shots (93.6%) he faced during the tournament. He also broke the Three Rivers Classic record for saves in a game. The unusually high amount of shots he faced in two games combined with his impressive save percentage earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Rounding out the All-Tournament Team was defenseman Nate Jensen of Penn State. Jensen played offensively against Robert Morris on Friday night, scoring his third goal of the season and helping Penn State advance to the championship game. He is second among Penn State defensemen in total points (2G-3A).
ROOT SPORTS will broadcast the championship game of the “Three Rivers Classic” on tape delay Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Veteran NHL broadcaster Steve Kolbe, two-time Stanley Cup champion Peter Taglianetti and his son Andrew Taglianetti will call the action.