MEN'S HOCKEY: BC Rookies And Veterans Combine To Unleash Deadly Offensive Attack
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 01:10
It was Austin Cangelosi that scored, but as he surpassed the milestone of his first collegiate goal, another Eagle also had ample reason to celebrate. Johnny Gaudreau was in on the score as he had fed a pass to Kevin Hayes from the corner, who set up Cangelosi with a one-on-one opportunity against Wisconsin’s Landon Peterson and BC’s first goal of the night.
An assist from Gaudreau is not normally cause for a big celebration. In fact, it happens a lot. This assist, though, and the entire goal, signified much more than a 1-0 lead over the Badgers. It displayed the exact balance that BC is hoping to meet this season—outstanding performances from its new, young players and consistent, guiding contributions from its veterans.
With 99 points entering Friday night, it was likely that Gaudreau, a junior, would join the ranks of 73 other Eagles with 100 career points at BC. On Cangelosi’s goal, that milestone was met.
“There’s a great legacy here,” Gaudreau said. “Just trying to follow in the footsteps of those great players that were previously here.”
Later in the period, he scored on another one-on-one with Peterson, waiting patiently and unnerving the Badgers’ goaltender so that he was able to slip in the puck right past his left foot. Another assist in the second period brought his total to 102. After three games, Gaudreau is one of just four NCAA players with seven points.
It was the 82nd goal that Gaudreau had played for BC, tallying his 44th goal and 58th assist, but he doesn’t take full credit for all of that offense.
“I mean, my freshman and sophomore year I got to play with Steve Whitney and Pat Mullane, and I wouldn’t be here with my 100th point without playing with those two guys my first two seasons here,” he said. “Coming in as a freshman and getting to play with two guys like that for two straight years, it was a really special opportunity for me.”
On the same train of thought, he said he looks forward to playing more with Hayes and Bill Arnold, who he also sees as great players that will be able set up more offense, as well as BC’s highly talented younger players.
If anything can be taken away from Friday night’s game, it’s that those young players are setting up to be just as successful as the likes of Mullane, Whitney, Arnold, Hayes, and even Gaudreau himself.
Wisconsin is one of the more experienced teams in college hockey. The Badgers had three seniors in their starting five, along with a junior and a freshman. Going into the game it was expected that such age and poise could be big weapons against BC’s younger team.
All of that ended, however, when Cangelosi struck for the first time midway through the period. Then, 50 seconds later, he added another goal to his nightly tally.
Cangelosi was not the only freshman that made an impact for BC. He was joined by Ian McCoshen and Scott Savage in the goal column, and Ryan Fitzgerald, Adam Gilmour, Chris Calnan, Steve Santini, along with McCoshen and Cangelosi, all had assists. That amounts to 13 points from BC freshmen. While the number can be explained by BC’s high-scoring game, it is revealing in that there were 14 points tallied by members of the Eagles’ roster from the other three classes.
“I think its great to get your first goal early in your freshman year,” BC head coach Jerry York said. “I think it gives you confidence and I’m more impressed by the fitting in and, you know, three freshmen defensemen [Santini, Savage, McCoshen] are going to be really the nucleus of our defense … It’s kind of neat to get scoring from your blue line.”
While there is no way of telling if the success of Friday night’s game will continue throughout BC’s entire season, there is no doubt that BC is starting to find that intricate balance of big numbers from a talented freshman class and the continuation of a solid foundation on offense and defense from Gaudreau and the rest of the more seasoned Eagles.