BOSTON - Senior goaltender Chris Venti of Needham, Mass. backstopped Boston College to a 2-1 Hockey East victory over Northeastern in his first collegiate start before 28,601 fans at Fenway Park on Saturday evening.
Venti, who had seen his first action of the season playing the final 30:02 of the team's 4-0 loss at Massachusetts on Friday night, stopped 14 of 15 shots faced to earn the win.
Junior center Pat Mullane scored with assistance from Steven Whitney to give BC a 1-0 lead early in the second period and junior forward Chris Kreider netted the go-ahead goal in a shorthanded situation at 4:02 of the third period to propel to the Eagles to the victory.
Northeastern junior center Garrett Vermeesch evened the score at 1-1 on the Huskies lone goal of the game at 16:19 of the middle period.
Boston College outshot Northeastern in each period and finished with a 30-15 advantage in the game.
Northeastern junior goaltender Chris Rawlings stopped 28 shots in 59:12 in the losing effort. He falls to 8-8-3.
Team Records: Northeastern 8-9-3, 4-9-2 Hockey East; Boston College 14-8-1, 10-5-1 HE
Game Notes: The win completes a three-game league series sweep for BC and marked the third one-goal victory Boston College achieved over Northeastern this winter. The team captured a 4-3 overtime win on Oct. 22 in Matthews Arena and a 2-1 win on Nov. 11 in Kelley Rink on a last-second goal by captain Tommy Cross ... Mullane's second-period goal marked his third of the season and first since a two-goal performance at North Dakota on Oct. 8 ... Kreider's goal marked his second shorthanded score - and the team's sixth - of the season.