Cross Lifts Boston College Past Northeastern, 2-1

Boston College picked up their seventh win on Friday against Northeastern University!

By Josh Kummins 

CHESTNUT HILL, MA It was a rather wacky hockey game at Kelley Rink on Friday, as the No. 2 Boston College Eagles and Northeastern Huskies continued their three-game Hockey East season series – a rivalry that has been turned up a notch over the past two years. However, on this particular evening, the Eagles outshot the Huskies, 36-18 margin, and won with seconds left in the third period by a score of 2-1.

“It was a much closer game than the shots indicate,” said Boston College head coach Jerry York. “I think the score indicated the equality of the two teams. I thought our club played well in a lot of areas.”

“Obviously, they are a very good hockey club,” said Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan. “They’re fast, they put pressure on you all night long…they just come at you with four lines.”

The Eagles came out flying in the first period, yet couldn’t contain sophomore Cody Ferriero, who crashed the net and poked a rebound past Boston College’s Parker Milner for his first strike of the season. The Eagles responded during the second period, as junior Chris Kreider batted a Huskies clearing attempt back into the offensive zone before skating through the defense and hitting Kevin Hayes with a short drop pass in front, which tied the game.

Both teams were then forced to trade shots and opportunities, until Eagles defenseman Tommy Cross rifled the puck from the top left circle past Chris Rawlings with 2.6 seconds remaining to secure Boston College’s seventh win of the season.

“We were trying to enter the zone with possession there,” said Cross. “A couple miscues there, but we finally got possession in the zone and we got some great shots and some great net presence.”

Cross continued by saying, “It was a scrum, they collapsed down low, and [Brian Dumoulin] got it…Most guys would have panicked with less than five seconds to go, and he somehow had the clock in his head and looked over to me, gave it to me and I just got it off quick. I think it hit one of their defender’s hands in front and dropped straight down.”

Boston College returns to Kelley Rink on Sunday afternoon for a matinee affair against Boston University, while Northeastern will head west to face University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Saturday.

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