Monday, February 7, 2011
Cross pushes BC past BU, into final
By Brion O'Connor
BOSTON -- Tommy Cross scored a power-play goal 3:17 into overtime at TD Garden, putting Boston College back in the Beanpot final with a 3-2 win over Boston University.
Cross snapped in a shot from just inside the blue line through traffic that slipped past BU goalie Keiran Millan.
BC will face Northeastern in next Monday's championship game. It is the fifth final appearance in six years for the Eagles, who beat BU for the title last season.
The Eagles struck first in the opening period when Philip Samuelsson’s goal from the left boards deflected off the stick of BU defender David Warsofsky and over the left shoulder of Millan at 14:37.
Only 38 seconds later, the Terriers, displaying trademark tenacity, knotted the score. Sophomore winger Wade Megan took a nifty behind-the-back feed from Garrett Noonan and sizzled a shot that beat BC goaltender John Muse on the blocker side.
BU’s Corey Trivino gave the Terriers a 2-1 lead at 2:17 of the second when he collected the puck out of the feet of BC defender Brian Dumoulin and drilled a shot between the legs of Muse.
The Eagles thought they’d tied the game at 17:53, when Pat Mullane, slashing down the right wing, ripped a shot that Millan stopped but dropped. Jimmy Hayes, crashing the net, appeared to have pushed the puck over the goal line. The on-ice officials, however, ruled Millan kept it out. Video replay wasn’t conclusive, and the on-ice call was upheld.
At 4:56 of the third, Hayes left no doubt, taking a quick feed from Mullane and snapping a shot past Millan’s glove to knot the game, 2-2.
Muse came up huge for the Eagles in the last five minutes, when BC’s Hayes and Samuelsson took back-to-back cross-checking penalties. Over the course of the four-minute power play, Muse had several big stops, including point-blank bids by Ryan Ruikka, Charlie Coyle and Matt Nieto.
Millan, not to be outdone, stoned Samuelsson on a clean breakaway with less than a minute left after the defenseman jumped out of the penalty box. BC had one last gasp as the clock ran out, but Millan stole the potential game-winner from Dumoulin with a sprawling right pad save as the horn sounded, setting the stage for overtime.