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Cross & Warsofsky Love Playing in TD Garden

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON – Last Monday night, in this season’s fourth installment of Boston’s biggest college hockey rivalry, Boston College defeated Boston University 3-2 in overtime on the Hub of Hockey’s biggest NCAA stage, the Beanpot.

With the win in the semi-final round of the annual battle for Boston’s college hockey bragging rights, BC moves to 4-0 against the Terriers this season. 

Two Boston Bruins prospects, defenseman Tommy Cross of the Eagles and blueliner David Warsofsky of the Terriers, battled it out at TD Garden, where one day the two college stars hope to skate wearing a Spoked-B sweater. 

“It’s so fun to play here; it’s a big arena.  The Garden is a great place to play, the crowd was big tonight,” Cross said after Monday night’s game. “Who knows, maybe I’ll get to play here some more.”

“It’s obviously a fun time playing in front of the fans,” said Warsofsky.  “Hopefully one day I will wear the Bruins jersey out there.

"If it happens it’ll be an unbelievable experience and I’m just working towards that someday.”

Both the BC and BU student sections came out in full force to support their teams, but it was Cross and the defending NCAA Champion Eagles who conquered the overtime thriller.

“It’s obviously disappointing when you don’t come out with the win. I thought we played well, it’s something to build off of,” said Warsofsky, who's rights were traded to the Bruins on Jan 26, 2010 from the St. Louis Blues. 

“Hopefully we can continue that the rest of the season.”

Cross scored the game-winning goal for the Eagles with a blast from the point 3:17 into the overtime period. 

“Sometimes in big games you never know who’s going to get the goal,” said Cross, who was drafted by the Bruins in the second round (35th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

“So much went into that goal…the face-off, the screen. (BC forward) Steven Whitney drawing the penalty there in overtime to give us that situation.

"The shot was just kind of the cherry on top.  There was so much that led up to it by so many guys.”

Both Warsofsky and Cross have participated in the Boston Bruins Development Camp, held annually in the B’s off-season, and have used the advice of the Black & Gold coaching staff and players to improve their game. 

“I think overall just becoming a better player, both offensively and defensively," Warsofsky said of the area’s of his game he’s working on to one-day make it to the NHL.

"Playing in the NHL you need to be an all around player and do everything well,”

“You can’t be a one-dimensional player, so I'm just trying to work on everything,” he said.

Cross, whose most recent development camp experience allowed him to meet and work alongside B’s players Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Steven Kampfer and Tyler Seguin, focused on using the coaching staff’s advice to improve his skills. 

“Those are such valuable experiences. Just meeting the guys in the organization…who are obviously excellent players in the NHL,” Cross said. 

“Just to learn from those guys and…to be able to work with those guys and see what they’re all about; to get to know the organization and learn some things from the coaches definitely makes it a great experience.”

Cross and Boston College will take on Northeastern University tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Warsofsky and BU will square off against Harvard in the consolation game at 4:30. 
---Hannah Becker
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