Rapid Reaction: Northeastern Beats BC, 2-1

By Dan Libon

Boston, MA – They won’t get a trophy for beating Boston College on Saturday, Northeastern was able to stun Boston College, the number one college hockey team in the country with a 2-1 win.

“Our effort and our execution tonight from my vantage point was much better than our Beanpot game and the game last night in our building,” said Boston College head coach Jerry York. Indeed this was a night for fundamentally sound hockey.

Boston College outshot Northeastern, 37-21. If anything, this is a testament to the talent of Northeastern’s goalie, Chris Rawlings. The sophomore goaltender has made this season epic and his play was a major reason why the Huskies were able to end the 60-minutes victorious.

First Period: Once the puck was dropped, BC showed signs of why they are the number one team in the nation. With solid puck handling skills, they were able to remain in Northeastern’s zone for a majority of the period, but finished the opening 20-minutes with 14-shots and no goals.

Second Period: Northeastern started to come alive during the second period after being able to get off more shots at BC’s net.  While BC continued to play a technically sound game, it would be Northeastern who would get on the board first with a breakaway goal from Right Wing Brodie Lee at 13:05 to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead that they would take into the 2nd intermission.

Third Period: Entering the final period, Northeastern appeared to be the better team, as Boston College’s play seemed to diminish. Northeastern took advantage of every mistake their opponent made and was able to get a comfortable 2-0 lead. Yet, Boston College finished the final two minutes with a great deal of effort and intensity, which began after Cam Atkinson netted the only Eagles goal of the game.

Next Opponent: With the win, Northeastern has officially clinched a spot in the Hockey East tournament will face University of New Hampshire next weekend, while Boston College will take on University of Massachusetts (Amherst). Both games are slated for Friday February 25, 2011.

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