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Hockey East Tournament 2011: Boston College Leads Northeastern 4-2 After Second Period

Boston College jumped back in the driver's seat of their Hockey East semifinal against Northeastern, taking a 4-2 lead after the second period.

The Eagles started the period without the services of Brian Gibbons, who had scored their first goal of the game. However, once Gibbons came back, he centered the line that put BC up 2-1. Kevin Hayes teamed up with older brother Jimmy Hayes for a goal at the 6:56 point of the second. It was the third time the brothers had connected on a goal this season.

Twenty seconds later, Northeastern evened the game up with a Wade MacLeod goal past Boston College's John Muse. MacLeod slide down the right end of Muse and slid it in for an unassisted tally. It was MacLeod's twentieth career point against BC.

Eagles sophomore forward Stephen Whitney took two straight penalties around the mid-point of the second, literally picking up an interference call as he was coming out of the box for a charging call. Whitney soon made up for leaving his team down a man, and in spectacular fashion. He scored on Northeastern goaltender Chris Rawlings after backhanding around a defenseman and while falling down to put the Eagles ahead 3-2.

BC defenseman Tommy Cross then took advantage of an interference call on Northeastern's Braden Pimm to score his seventh point against Northeastern this season, to put the Eagles up 4-2. Cross was assisted by Eagles defenseman Brian Dumoulin, giving Dumoulin his second point of the game and 30th point of the season.