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Cross Shines in Hockey East Tournament

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins
BOSTON – For the second year in a row, Boston Bruins prospect and Boston College Eagles defenseman Tommy Cross has hoisted the Lamoriello Cup after the Eagles defeated Merrimack 5-3 in the Hockey East Championship game Saturday night.

Cross took home All-Tournament honors.

The Eagles skated in Saturday night’s game after taking down the Northeastern Huskies, 5-4 in the Semi-Final match-up Friday night.

“We’ve played in a lot of close games and this is just another example of that. We can have some confidence at the end of games, at the same time every game is a new game and we’re going to be playing a new opponent,” Cross said after Friday night’s game.

“We’re going to have to be really good tomorrow night to come away with the trophy.”

That’s just what the Eagles did as they took a 2-2 tie into the third period, but battled past the hard-working Warriors to collect the victory.

Cross had no points in Saturday night’s game, but recorded four shots on goal and was plus-three on the night. The scoreless 60 minutes snapped a four game point streak for the junior.

“Just keeping it simple and sticking with what we talk about as a defense, getting puck to the net, making the simple play and good defense leads to good offense.  And I think that’s something that we really stress as a team,” Cross said of what has been working in his game.

“But me specifically, if I’m good in my own end I know that translates to the other end.”

Saturday night’s Boston College win marked the third consecutive year a team has won the Beanpot and the Hockey East Championship in the same season. On each of the two previous occasions, that team—the 2010 Boston College squad and the 2009 Boston University team—went on to win the NCAA Championship.

“It’s a whole new ball game, there are teams from all over the country, teams that you don’t see a lot. You really have to be playing well and you have to be strongly prepared going into the NCAA tournament,” Cross said.

“It’s only four games to get to the finals but it’s a battle and I think our guys know that. We look forward to that when it comes.”

The Eagles have now won eight consecutive games in TD Garden, but playing on the Bruins’ home ice has even more special meaning to the Bruins' second round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

“I’ve played in this building before, I’ve watched Bruins games,” Cross said. “Just being a Bruins fan in general, let alone a draft pick makes it special to play here and it’s gone well so far.”
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