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Less than a week after capturing the second NCAA Championship of their college careers, Boston College seniors Tommy Cross and Paul Carey made their professional debuts in AHL action last night.
Cross, wearing #29, skated for the Providence Bruins at home against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The defenseman finished the game with no goals, no assists, an even plus/minus, and two shots on goal. He also took a second period tripping penalty and the eventual game-winning goal was scored on the ensuing Bridgeport power play. With the loss, Providence is officially eliminated from playoff contention, so Cross has just two possible games left to play this year.
Meanwhile, in Cleveland, Paul Carey made his pro debut for the Lake Erie Monsters as they hosted the Hamilton Bulldogs. Wearing his familiar #22, Carey finished with no goals, no assists, no penalties, two shots on a goal, and a minus one. Lake Erie plays their final regular season game tonight and is well positioned to clinch a playoff berth.
Both the Hershey Bears and Charlotte Checkers were also in action last night, but neither Barry Almeida nor Brian Dumoulin dressed. The Dumoulin decision is highly suspect, given that Charlotte is in a fight for their playoff lives with just two games remaining in the regular season.
All four clubs are in action again tonight, so perhaps Almeida and Dumoulin will make their debuts today.