Center Cutter Gauthier could be playing for the Flyers next season, but for now, his focus is on helping Boston College make some noise in the Hockey East Tournament.
So far, so good.
Gauthier, 19, had three assists and was plus-3 as eighth-seeded BC defeated No. 9 Massachusetts, 5-2, in a Hockey East opener Wednesday night. Boston College will face second-seeded Merrimack in Saturday night’s quarterfinals.
Earlier Wednesday, Gauthier was named to the Hockey East’s all-freshman team. That wasn’t a surprise. He has been the Eagles’ leading scorer this season.
Shifting to the NHL …
The Flyers, of course, are out of the playoff picture, but some other teams are peaking at the right time.
Take the Minnesota Wild (37-21-7), for instance.
The Wild are getting strong play from a player who is twice Gauthier’s age, Marc-Andre Fleury. The 38-year-old goaltender many 46 saves Wednesday, leading the Wild to a 4-2 win in Winnipeg. Minnesota is on a 9-0-2 run, and it moved into a tie with Dallas atop the Central Division. The Stars have a game in hand.
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