Giving -- and avoiding -- goose eggs
Notes: BC's unstoppable line; Krushelnyski closing in on record
In the 2013-14 Division I men’s ice hockey season there have been 100 shutouts posted by 56 different goalies across the nation. Notre Dame’s Steven Summerhays leads the way with five.
With all of these shutouts, 15 teams have managed to avoid the goose egg on their side of the board. Boston College holds the longest active streak without being shut out as they have not been blanked since Jan. 13, 2012 at Massachusetts, a streak of 89 games. As a matter of fact, the Eagles have gone four of the past five seasons with being shut out at least one time. Even more impressive, Boston College has not been shut out more than twice in the same year since the 2003-04 season.
Denver is next in line as they have gone 62 games without being shut out, while Union (N.Y.) rounds out the top three at 56 games. At 50 games, Air Force is the only other institution to have at least that many games played without being shut out. The remainder of the teams to have avoided being held scoreless this season include Maine, UMass Lowell, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska Omaha, New Hampshire, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, St. Lawrence and Yale.
One of the most amazing shutout streaks comes from Minnesota-Duluth. The Bulldogs have not been shut out in a true road game since a 1-0 loss at Denver in the first round of the WCHA playoffs on March 15, 2008, a streak of 100 away games without being shut out.
Crossing the blue line
With eight shorthanded goals for his career, including a pair this season, senior left wing Alexander Krushelnyski of Colorado College needs just one more to tie a school record shared by former Tigers Jody Jaraczewski (1990-94) and Brian Swanson (1995-99). Krushelnyski, whose father Mike enjoyed a stellar career as an NHL player and coach, also is only three points shy of joining CC's elite "Century Club" heading into this week's home series against Western Michigan. He currently has 40 goals and 57 assists during his four years with the program, which is celebrating its 75th season in 2013-14.
Of its 13 games away from home this season, Denver has gone to overtime nine times. Meanwhile in its 15 home games, they have only gone to overtime twice. The Pioneers are 2-4-5 in overtime contests this year. They are 0-2 in the two home overtime contests and 2-2-5 in the games that go extra time away from home.
Lake Superior State travels westward to Upper Peninsula rival Northern Michigan this weekend for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s first Father Cappo Cup series. The long-time U.P. rivalry dates back to 1976, but the teams began presenting the Father Cappo Cup to the winner of the season series in 1991-92. The winner is determined by total goals over what used to be a four-game series. This season, however, the Lakers and Wildcats meet only twice during the regular season.
The Boston College trio of Johnny Gaudreau -- Bill Arnold -- Kevin Hayes has been nothing short of unstoppable since being paired together on Dec. 6. Not only has BC not lost since this line joined forces (14-0-1), the trio has combined for 34 goals and 50 assists (84 points) and a +70 plus/minus rating. Since the combination of these three, they have ALL scored at least one point per game in 13 of their last 15 outings. Hayes and Arnold joined Gaudreau on career-high point streaks amidst this year. The trio rests in the top four, nationally, in scoring. Gaudreau is the NCAA’s top scorer (2.00 ppg), followed by Hayes in second (1.66 ppg) and Arnold, ranks fourth (1.45 ppg). This line has outscored all of its opponents, combined, 34-25, since Dec. 6.
Minding the net
Boston College’s average of 4.38 goals per game is the highest of any team, since Colorado College averaged 4.52 in 2003 … Michigan Tech has 24 goals in its last four games. The Huskies had 23 goals combined in their previous 12 games before the current four-game winning streak … Over the weekend, Providence College will honor the 1963-64 men’s hockey team that became the first in program history to advance to the Frozen Four … Each of North Dakota’s last three victories have been by the identical score of 4-2 … North Dakota’s next victory will be Dave Hakstol’s 250th behind the bench of his alma mater. Hakstol owns a career record of 249-128-40 (.645) and is the third-winningest coach in program history. His 248 coaching wins at UND trail only John “Gino” Gasparini (392 wins from 1978 to 1994) and Dean Blais (262 from 1994 to 2004) … Minnesota State is 11-1 at home this season … Vermont has won its last three road games by a combined score of 13-5 … Bentley junior Alex Grieve is just three points away from hitting 100 for his career … Robert Morris is on a nine-game unbeaten streak … The Robert Morris Class of 2014 now holds the program record for wins by a class with 66, surpassing the Class of 2013 who piled up 65 wins in its four seasons … Minnesota State’s Jean-Paul Lafontaine leads the nation with 13 power play goals … St. Lawrence has been bay far the most dominant team in the nation on the power play. They have scored on 30 percent of its power play chances, more than five percent better than any other team in the nation.