Terriers’ lack of effort leads to a trying day
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — The last time Boston University suited up against Brown, the result was a 4-4 tie Nov. 27 at Agganis Arena. By the end of that chippy game, it was obvious that even though the programs hadn’t faced off since 1997, there was no love lost.
Yesterday’s rematch at the Sears Centre was stunningly lopsided, with the Bears rolling over the 10th-ranked Terriers, 6-1, at the Shillelagh Tournament. Brown (4-4-4) will play Minnesota State today, with BU taking on Notre Dame.
“I thought our compete level was 80 percent of Brown’s,’’ said BU coach Jack Parker, whose team dropped to 8-5-5. “They got goals by going to the net and getting rebounds and we didn’t get anything because we didn’t go to the net. We just took some fallaway jump shots and hoped they went in.
“I was really disappointed in my team, from the goaltender on out. It was a lack of determination by one club and an overall team determination by the other club. Effort-wise, it was like a 20-1 game.’’
Brown took the lead midway through the opening period when Chris Zaires picked off an errant pass and rifled a shot from the blue line past Kieran Millan (18 saves) at 8:51.
BU pulled even at 17:05 with the teams skating four a side. Matt Nieto was in the slot when the puck was flipped out from behind the net. Nieto bunted it out of the air on his backhand and Michael Clemente (41 saves) couldn’t corral it.
The Bears erupted for three goals in the middle period, including one with 14.8 seconds left.
Feisty captain Harry Zolnierczyk gave Brown the lead for good at 13:40 during a power play. Zolnierczyk was positioned behind the BU net, to the left of Millan. Jack Maclellan found him, and Zolnierczyk walked out in front and jammed the puck past Millan.
“It was a nice play by Jack down to the corner,’’ said Zolnierczyk. “They had a couple of guys committed in that battle and I got to kind of take it to the net there and stuff it home.’’
Bobby Farnham scored at 17:39 off his own rebound. His first bid was a forehand that Millan stopped, but the puck bounced right back to Farnham, who rapped a backhander into the net for his third of the season.
Brown’s fourth goal came at 19:45 when David Brownschidle whacked a shot home off a scramble in front. The Bears made it 5-1 at 10:19 of the third when Maclellan won a draw in the left circle and snapped the puck over Millan, and Jesse Fratkin closed the scoring at 11:20.
When asked about his players’ determination, Brown coach Brendan Whittet said it is demanded.
“I played at Brown and graduated in 1994,’’ said Whittet. “I played on some really tenacious, championship-caliber teams in our league and I have a lot of pride in Brown. I want the guys to play tenacious, I want them to play with pride, I want them to play with passion and energy and if they don’t, they’ll hear about it. I think that wearing that Brown uniform deserves that tenacity and that commitment and that’s what we stress all the time.’’
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