Boston College Hockey: Eagles Rebound to Split with BU Terriers, 6-1

Roman Uschak@@RomanUschakCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2011

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 13 :  Stephen Gionta #15 of the Boston College Eagles is hit by Pete MacArthur #16 of the Boston University Terriers during the championship game of the 54th annual Beanpot tournament at the TD Banknorth Garden on February  13, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Terriers defeated the Eagles 3-2.(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Boston College had lost three of its previous four games, including a 5-3 setback to arch-rival Boston University on Dec. 9 at BC's Kelley Rink. They had also dropped a 5-0 decision to the visiting Terriers back on Nov. 13. 

No big deal. 

BC rebounded on Saturday night at BU's Agannis Arena, just up the MBTA Green Line, and scored four times in the second period en route to a 6-1 win. The second-ranked Eagles (11-5-0 overall, 8-3-0 Hockey East) got goals from six different skaters, including the game-winner from senior captain Tommy Cross and 40 saves from freshman netminder Brian Billett, in besting the No. 13 Terriers (8-5-1, 6-4-1) for the first time this season.

"It was unimaginable," said Billett at The Heights about getting the start. "Going into the game I was just as relaxed as usual and I knew I had a great team in front of me. I felt comfortable that we were going to get a win out of it."

The Maine native, who was making just his second career start, made 22 stops in the second period alone. He also backstopped BC to a 3-2 win at Yale on Nov. 26 in his collegiate debut.

“Brian played exceptionally well in goal," said BC coach Jerry York at uscho.com. "From our defensive corps up to our forwards, I was very happy with how we played.

Freshman forward Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist for the Eagles, while junior forward Chris Kreider scored his team-best 12th goal. Kreider, a first-round draft choice of the New York Rangers in 2009, also leads BC with 21 points through 16 games.

The two schools could possibly meet again in the annual Beanpot Tournament on Feb. 13 at TD North Garden in Boston. BC is currently ranked third in the nation, while BU is No. 11.

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