BOSTON, MA – After the first period of Boston College’s first round game in the Beanpot, the Eagles held a 2-1 lead and it appeared as if the Huskies had a chance of beating BC for the first time this season.
However, BC’s offense exploded for three unanswered goals in the second period en route to beating the Huskies 7-1 to advance to next Monday’s Beanpot Championship against Boston University.
“Our forwards made our job easier, they put a lot of points on the board,” BC defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Tommy Cross said. “They also helped out defensively, they came down in our zone real hard and took away the Northeastern forwards.”
Prior to the game, BC’s penalty kill ranked seventh in the country with an 86.7 kill percentage.
Their special teams prowess was on display against Northeastern, as Cross and the Eagles killed four out of five power plays to hinder the Huskies offensive production.
“We just stress putting pressure on teams,” Cross said. "[Assistant Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh] puts us in great spots to attack teams when they may be weak and it worked tonight.”
This year marks the 21st championship game between BC (18-10-1) and BU (17-8-1), and the Eagles trail the championship series 12-8.
However, he knows it won’t be an easy task to knock off BU, who has won nearly half of all 59-previous Beanpot championships with 29.
“They’re playing really well, they’re one of the hottest teams in the country,” Cross said. “We know what they can do – we’ve played them three times already this year and they got our number twice and we took it to them pretty good once.
"It’s going to be a battle and we’re looking forward to it.”
Cross said he’s eager to help the Eagles win their third-straight Beanpot title (17th) all-time – a feat he said he would enjoy accomplishing his senior season.
“It’s nice to get into the championship game, but if we don’t put in a good performance next Monday and come out on top, you won’t remember it as much,” Cross said. “So it will be nice to go out winning.
"We’ll have to show up and play real hard.”
--- Anthony Gulizia