Roundup: Holy Cross Upsets Boston College
Carey's 4-Point Night Lifts St. Lawrence Past North Dakota
CHN Staff Report
Boston College lost to an Atlantic Hockey team for the first time in its history, falling short of a third-period rally, 5-4, at Conte Forum on Friday.
Holy Cross freshman Mike Barrett scored twice and added an assist to lead the Crusaders, who jumped out to a 5-1 lead then had to hold on in the third period.
"It's pretty big," Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl said. "They're an excellent team, excellent program, they do things right. It's kinda like the way we want to model ourselves. To come in here and beat them is special."
The 5-1 cushion allowed Holy Cross to hold on as the Eagled poured it on late in the game. After getting it back to 5-4, Boston College peppered the net with numerous good chances in the closing minute, only to be denied by goalie Matt Ginn. BC outshot Holy Cross, 17-3, in the final period.
"We played a very solid game," Pearl said. "The last 8 minutes of the game notwithstanding, we were able to stay away from hurting ourselves.
"We have a good group of forwards. We've been getting chances in previous games, we haven't always been able to finish. Tonight we were able to finish. Hopefully the younger guys especially will gain confidence from this."
Greg Carey had a four-point night, putting back on top of the national scoring race, as St. Lawrence defeated North Dakota, 5-2, in Grand Forks.
Carey scored in the third period, set up his brother, Matt, in the first period, and set up two other goals in the second. He now has 10 goals and 28 points this season.
North Dakota dropped to 4-7-2.
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Clay Witt made 30 saves, then helped Northeastern to a shootout win over Western Michigan to advance to the championship game of the Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend, Ind. The game goes down as a 1-1 tie, but the shootout was used to see which team advances.
Northeastern will face Notre Dame in Saturday's championship game. The Irish defeated Alabama-Huntsville, 5-2.
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Vermont defeated Maine, 3-2, in a non-conference game between the teams. The game was used to fill out the schedule when each team had openings, thanks to a reduced league schedule this year.
"Maine was very aggressive tonight. They outworked us at times," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "We fought to get the momentum back at various points in the game and I'm pleased we found a way to win the game when things weren't going great for us."
Maine led 2-1 before Vermont tied it in the second period. Chris Muscoby then scored the only goal of the third period, with 2:49 remaining. Chris McCarthy and Mario Puskarich dug a puck free in the right corner of the Maine zone. McCarthy cut out to the right goal line and centered a pass to the top of the crease. Muscoby was able to deflect a shot off Martin Ouellette's body into the back of the net.
"I saw McCarthy walk out of the corner with the puck," Muscoby said. "He beat his guy, I saw an opening, I drove to the net, put my stick on the net and it happened to go there. It was a real nice pass by McCarthy. It went off my stick and then off my skate and went into the net. It was kind of a lucky bounce but I'll take it."