Cross' Overtime Goals Sends Top-Ranked BC To Beanpot Championship
Feb. 8, 2011
BOSTON - Junior defenseman Tommy Cross broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal at 3:17 of the overtime period to lift top-ranked Boston College to a 3-2 victory over No. 14 Boston University in the first round of the 59th Beanpot before 17,565 fans in TD Garden.
The Eagles advance to the four-team tournament's championship game for the fifth time in the last six seasons - the 31st time overall - and will face Northeastern, a 4-0 winner over Harvard, for the 59th Beanpot title on Monday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Senior goaltender John Muse recorded 34 saves in 63:17 to capture the win, his 17th of the season and the team's 20th (20-6-0).
The Eagles outshot the Terriers 40-36 in the contest, which included a 14-8 edge in the second period, and a 5-2 overtime edge. BU outshot BC 15-8 in the third period
The teams traded goals in the first period. Sophomore defenseman Philip Samuelsson opened the scoring on his third goal in the last two games at 14:37. BU junior Wade Megan tied the game 38 seconds later.
BU led 2-1 after two periods on an early second-period score by junior Corey Trivino.
BC junior right wing Jimmy Hayes tied the game at 4:56 of the third period and Boston College killed three-straight penalties, including two in the game's final five minutes, to preserve the 2-2 tie and send the game into overtime.
BU junior goalie Kieran Millan made 37 saves in the losing effort and falls to 10-6-7.
Team Records: Boston University - 13-8-7; Boston College - 20-6-0
Game Notes: The team captured its 20th victory in its 26th game and is the fastest BC team to 20 wins since the 2003-04 Eagles went 20-3-3 in its first 26 games ... Samuelsson tallied one goal and one assist for his second straight multiple-point performance ... Four of the team's six defensemen registered at least one point ... Muse improves to 79-37-15 in his career, which includes a 6-1 record in Beanpot play.