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Kreider and the Eagles Keep Pace

2/13/2010 - Boston College 2, UMass-Lowell 1 - 17-9-2 (12-7-2 Hockey East)

Chris Kreider's Beanpot goal may very well hold up as the best goal of the season for the Eagles. But the importance of that goal on the Eagles' season will pale in comparison to the goal he scored tonight.

Kreider lit the lamp with just 13.8 seconds left in the third period, breaking a 1-1 tie and lifting the Eagles over the visiting River Hawks. The goal was arguably the most important goal of the season (so far) for BC.

"We had just come off the penalty kill and I was on a makeshift line," said Krieder on his game winner. "I was out there with Steve Whitney and Ben Smith and we had a lot of momentum coming out of the penalty kill.

"Steve and Ben did a great job of keeping the puck in the zone a couple of times. It was on edge a little bit, but the puck kind of popped free then I got my stick on it and it went in."

With the win, the Eagles earn a much needed 2 points in the Hockey East standings, allowing them to keep pace with first-place New Hampshire. BC now has 26 points in Hockey East, 3 back of UNH with 6 games to play. The win was also important to keep Maine (24 points), Boston University (22) and Massachusetts (22) in the Eagles' rear-view mirror.

Parkner Milner got the start in net for the Eagles, stopping 25 of 26 shots. He improves to 6-2-0 on the season.

BC next faces Northeastern in a home-and-home series that begins Friday at Matthews Arena. The Eagles and Huskies then conclude their regular season series on Sunday, February 21 at Conte Forum. Sunday's game will start at 3 PM and be televised on ESPNU.