Bears Return From Break with 6-1 Win over #10 Boston University

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – With the score knotted at 1-1 after the first period, the Brown men's hockey team (4-4-4) exploded for three goals in the final 6:20 of the second period en route to a 6-1 victory over #10 Boston University (8-5-5) in first round action of the 2011 Shillelagh Tournament Saturday afternoon in Hoffman Estates, IL. Brown got goals from six different players, while nine different players posted at least one point.

Seniors David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ) and Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT), juniors Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) and Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB), and sophomore Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) each tallied a goal and an assist to lead Brown, while freshman Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) posted a pair of assists. Junior goalie Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) was also huge in the win, stopping 41 shots, including 19 in the third period, which ended with BU on the power play for five minutes of the final 6:40.

The Bears dominated the first 15 minutes of the game, controlling the pace of play and beating the Terriers to the majority of the lose pucks. Zaires gave the Bears a 1-0 lead just 8:51 into the game, converting a BU turnover for his third goal of the year. After BU tried to clear the zone up the left side, Zaires intercepted the pass, skated around the top of the right faceoff circle and fired a wrist-shot from the slot that beat Kieran Millan glove-side.

However, BU was able to tie things up on a bizarre play with 2:55 remaining in the frame. With the puck behind the Bears' net, BU's Matt Nieto chipped it off the class behind Clemente. The puck landed on top of the net and then trickled over the crossbar and down over the goal line, as the teams headed into the first intermission tied at 1-1.

After being held scoreless on their first two power play changes, the Bears broke through on their third, taking a 2-1 lead with 6:20 remaining in the second period. After collecting the puck from Maclellan, the Bears' leading scorer with 22 points, in the right corner, Zolnierczyk skated towards the net, beating Millan five-hole on a wrap around attempt for his eighth goal of the year, third on the power play. Freshman Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL), who had three assists in the Bears' last game, also recorded an assist on the goal, while Maclellan's assist was his 12th point in the Bears' last six games.

Brown's third line of Brownschidle, Farnham, and Hathaway combined to score twice in the final three minutes of the period to give the Bears a 4-1 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.

Brownschidle and Farnham converted a two-on-one at 17:39 to give Brown a 3-1 lead and then Hathaway and Brownschidle got deflections on a shot by Farnham at 19:45 for the second goal. After collecting the puck from Hathaway on a Bears' breakout, Brownschidle fed Farnham on the right side. Opting to shoot on the odd-man rush, Farnham had his initial attempt denied by Millan's left pad. However, he collected his own rebound and back-handed the puck over Millan, hitting the far top corner.

The Bears grabbed a 5-1 lead just past the midway point of the third period on Maclellan's 10th goal of the year and 7th in the past five games. With the face-off to Millan's right, Maclellan won the draw forward and lifted the puck over his pad at 10:19. Just 61 seconds later, senior Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) increased the lead to 6-1 with his fourth of the year. Zaires started the play when he passed the puck up to freshman Mark Hourihan (Lynnfield, MA) at the bottom of the left circle. Hourihan had his attempt from the top of the crease saved by Millan, but the rebound went right to Fratkin at the other side of the crease for the easy tap-in and a five-goal cushion.  

Things got interesting with 6:40 left to play when Zaires was ejected from the game after a five-minute major for checking from behind, giving the Terriers a power play for five of the final 6:40 of the game.  However, the Bears were able to kill the full power play, closing out their first game of 2011 with a 6-1 win.

Clemente finished with 41 saves, while Millan stopped 18 shots for the Terriers. The Bears return to action tomorrow when they face the winner of the Notre Dame-Minnesota State game. An Irish victory means the Bears will face Notre Dame at 5:05 p.m. CST, while a Mavericks win means the Bears will face Minnesota State at 2:05 p.m. CST.

BROWN                                    1            3            2            x            -             6
BOSTON UNIVERSITY            1            0            0            x            -             1

First Period – B, Zaires (unassisted), 8:51; BU, Nieto (unassisted), 17:05. Penalties – B, 1-2; BU, 2-4.

Second Period – B, Zolnierczyk (Wahl, Maclellan), PP, 13:40; B, Farnham (Brownschidle, Hathaway), 17:39; B, Brownschidle (Hathaway, Farnham), 19:45. Penalties – B, 2-4; BU, 3-6.

Third Period – B, Maclellan (unassisted), 10:19; B, Fratkin (Hourihan, Zaires), 11:20. Penalties – B, 3-17; BU, 1-2.

Saves
B, Mike Clemente (60:00) – 9-13-19-x – 41; BU, Kieran Millan (60:00) – 6-6-6-x – 18.

Pictured: David Brownschidle '11. Photo by DSPics.net.