Boston College tops struggling Providence College

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Teams are getting back in the groove of things following their holiday breaks and it wasn’t an easy task for No. 4 ranked Providence College Friars and the No. 6 ranked Boston College Eagles.

Lead by Johnny Gaudreau and Michael Matheson, the Boston College Eagles skated past the Friars, 5-2. Gaudreau notched the games first goal at 7:29 in the first period and added a second goal in the third to go along with two assists. Matheson added three assists of his own, including a secondary assist on Gaudreau first period goal.

The Friars are currently on a bad stretch, posting a 0-3-1 over their last four games following Friday night’s game. The Friars had only a single loss in the 12 games (9-1-2) prior to their current stretch and will need to get back to that style of hockey in order to compete for a Hockey East or National title come the spring.

Providence goaltender Jon Gillies has also struggled in net since his return from the World Junior Championship. The Calgary Flames prospect is 0-2-0 while surrendering six goals over his last two games.

The Eagles on the other hand are moving in the right direction. Since back-to-back losses against the University of Maine and College of the Holy Cross, Boston College has rattled off six-straight wins, including four against Hockey East Association schools.

A big part of the Eagles great play over the past 15 games has been the play of star forward Johnny Gaudreau. The Calgary Flames prospect is on a current 15-game point streak (16-15-31) and has a point in 19-of-20 games this season. The Eagles are 14-0-1 when the Gaudreau scores a goal, including Friday night over Providence.

Next up for the Friars, as they look to rebound from their bad stretch, is a two-game road trip to Colorado College next weekend. For the Eagles is a 5:00 p.m. game at Brown University on Saturday night.

Justin Soderberg is a Northeast Hockey Reporter for Inside Hockey, he also covers the UMass Lowell River Hawks for View from 123. Follow him on Twitter, connect with him on Facebook or add him to your circle on Google+.

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