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FROZEN NOTES
SARAH KWAK
April 09, 2012
SMALL WONDER
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April 09, 2012

Frozen Notes

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SMALL WONDER

Touting a roster full of highly regarded NHL prospects, including junior forward Chris Kreider (the property of the Rangers) and defenseman Brian Dumoulin (Hurricanes), Boston College, with the nation's best winning percentage, enters Tampa as the odds-on favorite to capture its third NCAA championship in five years. Though they hit a lull midway through the season, the Eagles roared through the second half thanks to a boost from pint-sized freshman, Johnny Gaudreau (Flames), who has 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in the Eagles' 17-game winning streak, which began on Jan. 27 with a 4--3 victory over New Hampshire. The 5'8", 155-pound winger, who earned MVP accolades at both the Beanpot and Hockey East tournaments, has a shiftiness that calls to mind undersized NHL veterans (and BC alums) Brian Gionta and Ryan Shannon. But it's his vision and strong skating that make Gaudreau such a scoring threat. "I've seen a lot of good players come in as freshmen," senior captain Tommy Cross says, "and none of them have had the impact that Johnny's had in my four years here."

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