Frozen Four Game-Day: Boston College vs. Union College (3pm MT, TSN2)

Ryan Pike
April 10 2014 11:00AM

Gang, it all comes down to this. This afternoon, the Boston College Eagles attempt to advance to the NCAA Championship game on Saturday when they play the Union College Dutchmen. It'll definitely be the last couple collegiate games for Flames 2010 fourth rounder Bill Arnold, but it may also be the final collegiate appearances for one Johnny Gaudreau.

You may have heard of him.

A win sends Arnold and Gaudreau to the championship game. A loss perhaps sends them NHL contracts and an NHL appearance this weekend.

Either way, the stakes are high as one (or both) of the Calgary Flames top prospects seek to end their NCAA career(s) in style. The game goes at 3pm MT on TSN2.

BOSTON COLLEGE

Lines, via Joe Meloni of College Hockey News. Goals scored in brackets.

J.Gaudreau (35) – Arnold (14) – Hayes (27)
Fitzgerald (12) – Brown (14) – Cangelosi (10)
Smith (2) – Sit (5) – Silk (3)
M.Gaudreau (1) – Gilmour (7) – Cainan (4)

Savage (4) – Matheson (3)
MacLeod (0) – Santini (2)
McCoshen (5) – Doherty (2)

2014 NHL Draft prospect Thatcher Demko starts for the Eagles. He's 16-4-3, with a 2.16 GAA, .920 SV% and 2 shutouts this year. He started as the back-up and has really taken the reins.

The Eagles were eliminated in their conference playoffs by Notre Dame, then sat home for a week before besting Denver and U-Mass Lowell to punch their ticket to Philadelphia.

Obviously, BC's team is top-heavy: the top line is SICK, and their defense is promising, but depth is an issue. The big question is if Boston College's aces have one (or two) more big games left in 'em. Fitzgerald is a bit of a sleeper, and the second line has been decent of late, but this is the Gaudreau & Co. Show.

Seniors: Hayes, Arnold, Brown, MacLeod
Freshmen: Fitzgerald, Cangelosi, Gilmour, Savage, McCoshen, Cainan, Santini, M.Gaudreau, Demko
NHL Picks: J.Gaudreau (CGY), Arnold (CGY), Hayes (CHI), Fitzgerald (BOS), Calnan (CHI), Matheson (FLA), McCoshen (FLA), Santini (NJ), MacLeod (SJ), Gilmour (MIN)
Leadership: captain is Patrick Brown; alternates are Isaac MacLeod and Bill Arnold

UNION COLLEGE

Lines, via Joe Meloni of College Hockey News. Goals scored in brackets.

Carr (22) – Vecchione (12) – Ciampini (19)
Hatch (13) – Novak (14) – Sullivan (8)
Wilkins (6) – Lichtenwald (8) – Pontarelli (10)
Ikkala (2) – Coatta (5) – Cruice (6)

Gostisbehere (8) – Taylor (3)
Bodie (6) – Gingras (2)
Henry (0) – Vasaturo (0)

Junior goaltender Colin Stevens starts for the Dutchmen. He's been superb this year, with a 26-4-2 record, 1.93 GAA, .932 SV% and 6 shutouts. He's easily the best goalie in the ECAC this year.

Union has a more balanced line-up than BC, relying on offense from everywhere rather than riding one line. Their challenge will be containing the BC top line and making hay offensively when they're not on the ice. Easier said than done, but the Dutchmen haven't lost since January (amassing a 14-0-1 stretch). Whatever they're doing, it's working.

But can it work just one (or two) more times?

Seniors: Carr, Hatch, Sullivan, Bodie, Ikkala
Freshmen: Taylor, Pontarelli, Lichtenwald, Vecchione, Henry
NHL Picks: Gostisbehere (PHI)
Leadership: captain is Mat Bodie; alternates are Shayne Gostisbehere, Cole Ikkala and Daniel Carr

SUM IT UP

One way or another, Boston College's season will end this weekend. Will it be via championship glory or the bitter taste of disappointment?

Either way, it'll be a great chance to watch Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold play ice hockey.

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Now in his third full season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#101 dotfras
April 11 2014, 03:37PM
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Pumped to watch these guys! Will be a nice exclamation point to a year that has already exceeded my expectations.

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#102 Bean-counting cowboy
April 11 2014, 03:58PM
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Wooohoooo!

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#103 BobbyO
April 11 2014, 03:59PM
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FN writers where are you? Johnny and Arnold have signed with the Flames! The news has been out for hours!

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#104 Purple Hazze
April 11 2014, 04:02PM
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BobbyO wrote:

FN writers where are you? Johnny and Arnold have signed with the Flames! The news has been out for hours!

Is it confirmed? Or still just rumors? Nothing on Calgaryflames.com either...

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#105 BobbyO
April 11 2014, 04:07PM
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@Purple Hazze

The official announcement will come out shortly after the Hoby Baker presentation. Fan 960 have announced it as unofficial but a done deal for both players. They will be in Vancouver Sunday!

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#106 Brent G.
April 11 2014, 04:17PM
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Bout time it happened so all of the hyper sensitive fans can find another stupid thing to over react to...

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#107 Primo
April 11 2014, 04:22PM
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Brent G. wrote:

Bout time it happened so all of the hyper sensitive fans can find another stupid thing to over react to...

I don't agree with your comment! Flames fans were sensitive because of the Tim Erixon situation, a highly regarded 1st overall who chose to not sign with the Flames. Although the trade worked out for the Flames fact is that a team like the Flames with low skill could not afford to lose Erixon at the time nor Guadreau and Arnold this time around!

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#108 BobbyO
April 11 2014, 04:24PM
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TSN confirmed the signing.

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#109 Keith Fredlund
April 11 2014, 04:26PM
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I haven't seen this kid play but his numbers are nuts. Is there a nhl player we can compare him to? ST.Louis or...? Who does everyone think would make good linemates for him. Seeing Byron play well this year makes me think his size won't be a problem. I'm pumped for sun. Let's beat those nucks!

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#110 coachedpotatoe
April 11 2014, 04:31PM
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I don't know if anyone else watched the Hobey Baker feed on the Flames network but it was probably the worst awards ceremony I have ever seen short of a Junior High School. Anyways congrads to Johnny for winning and to the other finalists. Hopefully he has a safe flight to Calgary or Vancouver.

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#111 SB
April 11 2014, 04:42PM
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I don't know if anyone else watched the Hobey Baker feed on the Flames network but it was probably the worst awards ceremony I have ever seen short of a Junior High School. Anyways congrads to Johnny for winning and to the other finalists. Hopefully he has a safe flight to Calgary or Vancouver.

Agreed. Very Mickey Mouse . My Grandson's grade 4 award was more professional. John looked like he couldn't wait for it to end.

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#112 Victoria Flames Fan
April 11 2014, 04:43PM
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Deadly shot. Good speed and puck-handling ability. Mature composure. Great mental toughness and - dare i say - truculence. Probably the most amazing thing is he cannot be hit. He's super slippery. Reminds me of Tyler Ennis but better... Possibly Martin St Louis... Not quite as much of a chip on his shoulder but that may come.

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#113 Keith Fredlund
April 11 2014, 04:47PM
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Victoria Flames Fan wrote:

Deadly shot. Good speed and puck-handling ability. Mature composure. Great mental toughness and - dare i say - truculence. Probably the most amazing thing is he cannot be hit. He's super slippery. Reminds me of Tyler Ennis but better... Possibly Martin St Louis... Not quite as much of a chip on his shoulder but that may come.

Thanks. The future looks bright.

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April 11 2014, 04:53PM
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Relax, Lambert is preparing 5 reasons why this sucks as we speak. I know, I know, that would be a change of position...but c'mon...

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#115 etianap
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Flames' website confirmed. Johnny and Bill signed with the Flames. Very excited about the moment and about the future. I really think that Gaudreau could be elite and one of the guys that will help Flames to become a contender.

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