BC hockey takes care of business against BU

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BC hockey takes care of business against BU

As much as things didnt go right for Boston College on Friday night in losing to Boston University in unfriendly territory, things all went the Eagles way in a 5-2 victory over the Terriers at Kelley Rink on Saturday night.

Needham native Bill Arnold potted a pair of power play goals for Boston College in a second period barrage, and BC head coach Jerry York matched the NCAA all-time record for wins with his 924th victory behind the bench. The four power play goals for the Eagles and the 36 shots on net to only 23 for Boston University revealed a pretty one-sided effort that turned into a special teams contest after a tightly played first period.

I think we were a little smarter and we worked a little harder, said York, comparing Saturday nights winning effort to the loss at Agganis Arena 24 hours earlier. Last night it was a battle of wills and BU had an edge on us in a lot of different categories. We were just that much better than we were last night whether it was loose pucks, goaltending or special teams. We were just that much better.

It looked like it might be a first period of frustration for Boston College when a Johnny Gaudreau sniped shot to the top corner was waved off because a BC skater bumped into Terriers goalie Matt OConner in the crease. But the top-ranked Eagles didnt let it throw them off.

Minutes later Eagles defenseman Teddy Doherty scored his first career collegiate goal on a rebound after power forward Kevin Hayes had drawn the BU defenses attention with a drive down the slot. Two minutes later it was BUs turn with Gaudreau in the box for hooking, and Terriers forward Wade Megan turning on the highlight reel machine.

Megan dangled through three Eagles skaters before dropping a pass to Sahir Gill at the doorstep. Gill found a wide open Cason Hohmann on the backdoor, and he tapped in the tying goal to leave things even after one period.

It was all Boston College after that. Arnold sandwiched a pair of rebound power play strikes around a Mike Matheson blast from the point, and the Eagles had a commanding 4-1 lead headed into the final 20 minutes. Wakefield native Brandon Silk and Evan Rodrigues traded goals for BC and BU respectively in the third period, and gave the Eagles the feel-good victory they were seeking in the home-and-home weekend series.

GOLD STAR: Bill Arnold is one of the lead forwards as a junior thats won some big games in his collegiate career, and he was a major factor in a giant win for Boston College. Arnold slammed home a couple rebound power play strikes in the second period by crashing the net, and won 12 of his first 15 draws in the face-off circle. While the Johnny Gaudreau, Steve Whitney and Pat Mullane top line for the Eagles rightly gets all the credit, Arnold now has six goals and 12 points in 13 games this season. Not too shabby at all for the 2010 fourth round pick of the Calgary Flames.

BLACK EYE: Matt Grzelcyk was sensational on Friday night in BUs win, but he was barely noticeable against the Eagles in Kelley Rink on Saturday night. The Bs third round pick had a pair of shots on net, but wasnt able to generate offensive chances like he did for his BU teammates 24 hours earlier. Grzelcyk also finished as an even defenseman, but was part of a Boston University defensemen corps that got manhandled around their own net by the big, strong determined Eagles forwards.

TURNING POINT: Boston University skaters Garrett Noonan and Alexx Privitera were whistled off for successive penalties in the second period with the Eagles holding a slim 2-1 lead, and BC blew the games doors off by cashing in on both ends of a 5-on-3 PP advantage. Michael Matheson whistled a point shot through traffic that eluded Matt OConnor and Arnold drilled home the carom of a Patrick Wey shot that didnt hit its mark. The quick power play barrage essentially ended the game before the third period had even begun.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6 the number of power play goals for both teams in a special teams extravaganza.

QUOTE TO NOTE: He has obviously changed everybody on the teams lives, so to be able to give something back to him and help set this record for him is something that we obviously wanted to do. Bill Arnold talking about making sure Jerry York got his NCAA record-tying 924th victory on home ice at the Heights.

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability. 
 

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering what Claude Julien would do if one of the Bruins players was running Facebook Live during his postgame comments.
 
*Auston Matthews is obviously making a huge impression in Toronto as his Centennial Classic jersey sold for over $11,000 at a charity auction.
 
*Clark Booth knows it’s time to talk about the NFL, but instead he wants to talk about Milt Schmidt. I agree with Clark.

*Sabres goalie Robin Lehner says that his Buffalo teammates need to start doing their job as the season circles down the drain.

*Pierre McGuire talks with TSN sports radio about the Ottawa Senators, and the tough road trip coming up for them.
 
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has more bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning as Ryan Callahan is going to be out for another four weeks with a lower body injury.
 
*As the Detroit Red Wings continue to round up the bottom in the Atlantic Division, Thomas Vanek may become trade bait.
 
*Peter Budaj is giving the Kings the saves that they need with Jonathan Quick out long term with injury.
 
*For something completely different: Tom E. Curran points out some togetherness issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers based on Antonio Brown’s Facebook post.