His coach recognized him as the best defenseman on the number one team in the country in the squad’s biggest game to date. And last night in TD Garden Boston College defenseman and Bruins prospect Tommy Cross
proved why everyone on "The Heights" has so much respect for the BC blueliner.
Yesterday, Cross led the Eagles to their 16th Beanpot championship with a 7-6 overtime win against Northeastern University.
“We have four sophomore defenseman who have really matured and are coming along very strong and Tommy Cross
, his knee is better, and I thought he was our best defenseman tonight,” Boston College Head Coach Jerry York said after the game.
“You put those four sophomores with Tommy Cross
and it’s a good group in front of [goaltender John Muse].”
After scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Boston University last week in the first round of the 59th Annual Beanpot, Cross kept up his scoring run as he netted the first goal in the championship game.
“We talk a lot about moving the puck north and south, but once we cross the blueline, we’re looking to make plays,” Cross said of his goal.
“Once [Kevin Hayes] went left I filled in to the right, he pretty much told me what to do by watching him, he made a great drop pass…and I threw it to the net and it hit a stick, hit a skate or something and found its way in.
“It was definitely a sweet goal.”
Cross finished the night with a 1-2-3 line, four shots on goal and a plus-2 rating.
The win gave the Eagles their second Beanpot trophy in as many years (and their first back-to-back titles since 1963-65).
“It’s really special for us," added Cross. "Every year it’s a new team and you go for new goals and challenges, this is the biggest trophy we’ve played for this year and we put a lot into it.
“We battled some adversity tonight but we stuck to the game plan and followed our leadership and it payed off.”
The game was back and forth for most of the night, but it was No. 1 Boston College who came away with their second overtime victory in as many Beanpot games.
The previous three Beanpot Champions have gone on to win the NCAA National Championship, including last year’s Eagles, the 2009 BU Terriers and the Boston College squad from 2008.
Cross and the Eagles will look to continue that trend as they head into the remainder of the season, beginning with a home-and-home series re-match against Northeastern this weekend.
“It just shows us how hard it is to win trophies,” Cross said. “We can use some lessons we learned tonight about playing with the lead, coming from behind, dealing with adversity, we can use these lessons down the road.
“This weekend with Northeastern again, but also in March and April.
"It just shows you that you have to be at your best every minute and every shift and the trophies are hard to win.” ---Hannah Becker