Apr 10, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston College Eagles goalie Thatcher Demko (30) makes a save against the Union Dutchmen during the second period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
2014-15 Boston College Hockey: By The Numbers
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The thing that sticks out the most is obvious: the power play. Boston College’s is absolutely terrible, and for reference, it was the best in Hockey East last season at 24.3 percent, and fifth-best in the nation. Sadly, the power play is actually now fifth-worst in Division I hockey.
Thanks to that Gaudreau – Hayes – Arnold line, Boston College had the top scoring offense overall in 2013-14 with 4.10 per game. So far this year, they are 20th and scoring about a goal less per contest. They are not as good defensively, either, and the loss of Santini for all but four games may have had a part in that, but the Eagles’ problems have seemed to go beyond one player.
2014-15 Boston College Hockey: Individual First-Half Leaders
The points are spread far more evenly this season without the presence of that big-name forward or two vacuuming up all the offense. Four Eagles are tied for the team lead with 12: Chris Calnan, Teddy Doherty, Alex Tuch, and captain Mike Matheson. Calnan and Ryan Fitzgerald lead the team with seven goals each.
Quinn Smith and Adam Gilmour each have 11 points, with four more players, Ryan Fitzgerald, Destry Straight, Austin Cangelosi, and Zach Sanford at nine.
As a matter of fact, other than backup goalies Brad Barone and Alex Joyce, every Eagle has at least one point.
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Thatcher Demko has had some up and down performances this season but is 9-6-1 at the winter break. He has a GAA of 2.12 with a .927 save percentage, fifth and sixth in Hockey East, respectively.
2014-15 Boston College Hockey: First Half Final Analysis
The first half was frankly one of the worst half-seasons we have seen from BC hockey in a long time. If the season were to end right now, the Eagles would not make the NCAA Tournament, though their win over Michigan got them back in range in the PairWise Rankings. It is going to take a big effort for them after Christmas to make it.
The challenge for Jerry York going forward will be getting this lifeless power play to function and figuring out who his reliable scoring options are. There is still no telling who this team’s offensive leader is, and one may need to emerge if this team plans to do anything this season.