Leave it to the little man—again.
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals on Saturday night, including the game-winner in the third period, as sixth-ranked Boston College edged No. 14 Notre Dame, 4-3, at a frozen Fenway Park in Boston.
The 5'7", 150-pound Gaudreau also ran his personal points string to 14 games while combining with senior linemates Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold for seven points against the Fighting Irish, on three goals and four assists.
“We knew coming in this week that it was going to be an exciting game” said Gaudreau at hockeysfuture.com afterwards. “This is something that the players will never forget, and it was certainly something special."
After scoring BC's second goal of the first period to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead, Gaudreau scored the game-winner at 8:21 of the third period to ice it, zipping a close-in shot between the pads of Irish goaltender Steve Summerhays to break a 3-3 tie.
"Johnny got a really nice goal to win the game for us," said BC head coach Jerry York to SBNation.com. "I feel really good about the way our team played."
Gaudreau, a 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist for the top player in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey, had previously been named Most Valuable Player of the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh on Dec. 27-28.
He recorded two goals and three assists as the Eagles swept Bowling Green and Penn State. He spent New Year's 2013 leading Team USA in total goals as the Americans won the IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship in Russia.
The Carneys Point, N.J. native, who initiated his current scoring string with two goals against Northeastern on Nov. 1, now has 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points in his last 14 outings. He leads B.C. with 17-18—35 points through 19 contests this campaign, and trails St. Lawrence's Greg Carey by one point in the national scoring race.
Gaudreau, a fourth-round selection of the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was a freshman at B.C. two years ago when the Eagles edged Northeastern, 2-1, at Fenway Park. He later salted away B.C.'s 2012 national championship with a spectacular end-to-end rush in the title game against Ferris State in Florida.
He's kept going ever since, and in 98 career appearances with the Eagles, he has registered 59-72—131 points. And he's nowhere near done yet.
On a Saturday night when temperatures hovered around the zero-degree mark in Beantown, B.C.'s smallest player proved once more that he's just warming up.