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Holy Cross Upsets #7 Boston College 5-4

Staff Writer

Published: Sunday, December 8, 2013

Updated: Sunday, December 8, 2013 16:12


Courtesy of Hannah Smith

    Even though it may not be the top moment in Holy Cross hockey history, (that honor goes to their 2006 upset of Minnesota in the West Regional) last Friday’s stunning 5-4 victory over #7 Boston College certainly ranks a close second.  
    The victory marked the first ever win in the hockey program’s history over Boston College and the first time Boston College lost to an Atlantic Hockey opponent. The win represents the third win over a top 10 ranked team in its program history.

“It was unbelievable,” said freshman forward Mike Barrett who contributed two goals in the victory and earned the first star of the game. “Everyone in hockey knows the talent and prestige of the BC hockey team so it makes the win that much better.”

    Holy Cross began the scoring in the game by notching two goals in the first period to jump to a 2-0 lead.  About two minutes later, BC got on the board to make it 2-1.  
The team was unfazed by the BC goal as they lit up the score sheet in the second period.  They scored three times to take a 5-1 lead into the third period.

    Even though he contributed two of the goals, Barrett did not downplay the significance of a team effort in this historic upset.

“I can’t give enough credit to Matt Vidal, Castan Sommer, and Joe McNamara for the goals,” said Barrett. “Joe set up the first one and my linemates (Vidal and Sommer) made the second one possible; all the credit goes to them.”

Barrett’s line played exceptionally throughout the game as Vidal chipped in with a goal and two assists in the victory while Sommer added a goal as well.

    Taking a four goal lead into the third period, the team was well aware that they could never count the Eagles out.  They made it a close game by scoring three late goals against junior goalie Matt Ginn.  However, despite the swing in momentum, the team remained confident they could withstand the late BC rally and maintain their lead.

“We expected them to come out firing in the third; they are a very talented team,” said Barrett. “Even though we gave up a couple goals late in the game, the coaches did a great job of keeping the guys composed on the bench.”

    Ginn made three great saves in the final minute and a half with the goalie pulled to preserve the victory.  He saved 34 out of 38 shots in the game.  
    The win pushes Holy Cross’ record to 4-9 on the year and will be a motivational tool for the team as they begin to play more Atlantic Hockey opponents as well as defending national champion Yale from the ECAC conference later this month. Barrett acknowledged the potential impact this win could have in future contests saying, “This victory is a great boost of confidence for the guys. Hopefully it will carry over into this weekend against Air Force and we can earn a much need 4 points. Our victory over BC proves to the hockey community that Holy Cross, and the schools in Atlantic Hockey, are very strong.”


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