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Boston College vs. Northeastern score update: Eagles explode for three in 2nd, 6-3 lead

BOSTON -- In the second period at Matthews Arena, it was all Boston College as the No. 2-ranked Eagles exploded for three goals in the first nine minutes for a 6-3 lead. The Eagles held a very strong 15-5 shots advantage in the stanza.

Just 1:16 in, senior Steven Whitney got in on the goal scoring act as he scooted around to the weak side of NU senior Chris Rawlings and tucked a loose puck into the open cage for his 12th of the season. After sophomore Johnny Gaudreau and senior Pat Mullane exchanged passes, Whitney went to work and found the back of the net.

Rawlings was unable to cover a loose puck on his crease at the 2:31 mark as the Eagles took another two-goal lead, thanks to junior defender Isaac MacLeod. After the puck danced around a full net-mouth scramble, sophomore Danny Linell chipped the puck out between the circles for the wide-open wrist shot through traffic.

The top Eagle line connected again at 8:52 as Mullane ended Rawlings' night, dribbling the puck over the goal line for his 11th score of the campaign and first since scoring two against New Hampshire last Friday.

After Rawlings was removed, NU senior Bryan Mountain was able to hold his own and stop all eight shots he saw in 11:08.

Joshua Kummins covers Hockey East for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.