|Steven Whitney wins Walter Brown Award as New England’s best American college hockey player||03.20.13 at 12:33 pm ET|
BC senior forward Steven Whitney has won the 61st Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
Whitney beat out Eric Hartzell of Quinnipiac and his BC teammate, Johnny Gaudreau, for the honor. He is the 19th BC player to earn the award, the most recent Eagle to win it being goalie John Muse in 2011. BC head coach Jerry York and associate head coach Greg Brown also received the award, in 1967 and 1990.
Whitney leads Hockey East with 25 goals this year and ranks second, after Gaudreau, with a career-high 43 points. His six game-winning goals and 0.69 goals per game rate both rank second in the country.
A native of Reading and a graduate of Lawrence Academy, Whitney has 126 points over 158 career games at BC.
|BC turns away Northeastern to win Beanpot||02.11.13 at 10:12 pm ET|
Northeastern made Boston College work harder than the score implies, but the Eagles skated away with the Beanpot championship with a 6-3 win Monday night at TD Garden. It was BC’s fourth consecutive Beanpot title.
Johnny Gaudreau scored twice, including a finish off a nice pass from Michael Matheson late in the third period to give BC a two-goal lead after NU had fought back from a 4-1 deficit to make it a game.
Northeastern’s Kevin Roy was named tournament MVP after scoring twice against BC to go with his hat trick in last Monday’s semifinal vs. Boston University.
BC coach Jerry York said he’s not surprised to see this senior class graduate with four straight Beanpot wins, but that it’s not the only class that could have pulled it off.
“We’ve had some very, very good teams,” York said, citing the late-1990s squads featuring players like Brian Gionta as an example. “Luck plays a certain amount [of a role] in winning this many Beanpots in a row for sure, and I think our players understand that.”
|BC aims for fourth straight Beanpot title when it faces upstart Northeastern||02.11.13 at 10:10 am ET|
No current Northeastern players were born the last time the Huskies won a Beanpot championship, in February 1988. They’ll have a chance to end the school’s drought in the final on Monday, but they’ll have to go through a Boston College team looking to win its fourth straight tournament title, something BC has never done.
Both teams are led by diminutive young forwards: BC by sophomore Johnny Gaudreau, who leads Hockey East with 33 points in 22 games, and Northeastern by Kevin Roy, the highest-scoring freshman in the conference with 30 points in 24 games. Roy, at 5-foot-10, practically towers over the 5-foot-7 Gaudreau, but both have the speed and skill to erase any disadvantages of their size.
Roy outscored Boston University by himself in the semifinal round last Monday, recording a hat trick in Northeastern’s 3-2 win. Northeastern had not beaten BU in the Beanpot since 1988, the last year the Huskies won the tournament, before Roy buried a goal in each period of the semifinal to knock No. 13 BU out of contention.
“I think when the pressure’s higher, I get a better performance, so I was just excited to see what it was like,” Roy said after win.
It’s nothing new for Roy to be the most dominant Husky on the ice. He has 30 points on the season — 10 more than the second-highest Northeastern scorer, Vinny Saponari — and 15 goals, seven more than Cody Ferriero‘s eight.
That lack of balanced scoring might partially account for the fact that Northeastern sits in last place in Hockey East, 4-11-3 in conference play. But the Huskies have beaten BU twice and BC once, playing above their usual threshold when faced with local rivals.