BOSTON -- It wasn’t as majestic as a David Ortiz walkoff, but at least Boxford’s Chris Kreider was there, in person, to experience a game-winner at Fenway Park for once.
No. 4 Boston College took a 2-1 win over Northeastern Saturday in the Frozen Fenway event at Fenway Park with Kreider notching the game-winning goal. It wasn’t Papi off Rivera in extras, ball streaking into the night sky, Kreider’s was what you would a call a dirty goal.
But postgame, the Philips Andover product and Boxford native talked about his sister’s one-time insistence on leaving the ballpark early and erasing a bad memory.
“One thing I can remember, it was the year David Ortiz had all those walkoffs and my sister said she wanted to leave the game early,” Kreider said of one night spent with the family at the ballpark. “Of course, he hit another one and we missed it. My grandfather said he’d never go to another game with us because he kept missing the end of those games.”
Kreider tallied the game-winner at 4:02 of the third period, crashing the net on the penalty kill. The puck trickled across the goal line before Kreider took Huskies netminder Chris Rawlings with him into back of the net, pulling it from its moorings.
The junior wasn’t the only BC (14-8-1, 10-5-1) skater with local ties to make an impact on the Eagles’ third win over the Huskies (8-9-3, 4-9-2) this season.
BC senior goaltender Chris Venti a Needham, Mass. native and BB&N graduate made his first career start for the Eagles. He made 14 saves to collect his first career win.
Venti got the nod in nets following the Eagles’ drubbing (4-0 L) at the hands of UMass-Amherst. Eagles head coach Jerry York pressed Venti into mop-up duty last night and decided to “roll the dice” with the local kid at Fenway.
“I grew up only 15 minutes away from here, so coming to Red Sox games all the time with my family, and just knowing the culture of the Sox, it’s a special building to play in,” Venti said. “Honestly, even more special is getting my first start at Boston College and being a playing part of this game. It was a very special night for me that I’ll remember.”
BC held a 13-3 shot advantage and controlled play throughout the first period. But the Eagles’ two highest quality chances came on shots not placed on goal. The largely uneventful first was interrupted by two resounding pings off the post by Kreider and Kevin Hayes, both on chances coming inside the slot.
Danny Mullane had the Eagles to a 1-0 lead 4:55 into the second. Steven Whitney held up Rawlings (28 saves) behind the net just enough to sneak the puck away, and fed it out front to Mullane with a gaping net in front of him. Despite the backcheck of Huskies forward Robbie Vrolyk, Mullane was able to deposit the puck into the net before Vrolyk went crashing into the cage, himself.
Northeastern knotted the game, 1-1, with 3:41 remaining in the second with Garrett Vermeersch charging to the front of the net after an offensive zone faceoff win. After nudging the puck over to Ludwig Karlsson, Vermeersch was able to net the rebound off a back-hander.