January 2, 2011

Bears Fall to Minnesota State, 7-3, in Shillelagh Tournament Championship Game

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – Minnesota State (8-8-4) erupted for four goals in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit and earn a 7-3 win over the Brown men's hockey team (4-5-4) in the Championship Game of the 2011 Shillelagh Tournament Sunday afternoon in Hoffman Estates, IL. Following the conclusion of the game, junior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) and freshman Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead just 1:55 into the game, connecting on their first power play chance of the night after an interference call on Minnesota State at the 1:22 mark. Freshman Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, PA) was the beneficiary of a centering feed from Wahl and the rookie one-timed the puck past Phil Cook from the top of the crease for his first collegiate goal. Senior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) also earned an assist on the goal, his third point of the weekend and fifth in three games.

The Mavericks had a couple of chances on their first man advantage of the game, with just over eight minutes left in the first period, but Brown was able to kill the power play to keep Minnesota State off the board. Their best chance game with about 20 seconds remaining in the advantage, when Mavericks' Ben Youds nailed the cross bar with a shot from the right circle.

After a series of four-on-four action with just about five minutes left in the frame, the Mavericks went up on their second power play. However, on the ensuing face-off, Minnesota State was whistled for interference, setting up another stretch of four-on-four play.

After Brown failed to capitalize on its third power play of the night early in the second period, the Mavericks tied things up on a partial breakaway at 4:15 of the frame. Mike Louwerse took a pass from Adam Mueller at the blueline and skated in ahead of Bears' freshman Marc-Antoine Carrier (St.-Michel-de-Bellechasse, QUE). Carrier did a nice job on the backcheck, but Louwerse was able to get his shot off, beating junior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) glove-side.

The Mavericks grabbed a 2-1 lead at 12:13 of the frame when Michael Dorr took a pass from Eli Zuck on a two-on-one break and beat Clemente with a shot from the left circle. Just four minutes later, Minnesota's Eriah Hayes converted another two-on-one rush, giving the Mavericks a 3-1 lead with 3:10 left in the period.

A series of penalties at the 16:58 mark, three on the Bears and two on the Mavericks gave Minnesota State its fourth power play of the game. However, it was Brown that would score, as Maclellan raced in on a breakaway and beat Cook with a back-hander through the five-hole. It was his 6th straight game with a goal, as he has posted eight goals during that time.

Brown went up on its fourth man-advantage immediately following the goal, but failed to capitalize and Kurt Davis turned a three-on-one odd-man rush into a 4-2 Minnesota State lead with just 10.4 seconds remaining in the period. Davis carried the puck into the zone and opted to shoot, beating Clemente from the left circle. Clemente made the initial stop, but the puck bounced over him and trickled over the goal line.

Brown got one back just 1:42 into the third when freshman Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) took a pass from senior David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ) and beat Cook from the slot for his first career goal. Junior Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) also assisted, as the trio all earned their third points of the weekend.

However, the Mavericks regained the two-goal cushion midway through the period when Cameron Cooper blasted a shot from the right point and past Clemente for the 5-3 advantage. J.P. Burkemper gave the Mavericks a 6-3 lead when he converted a give-and-go with Zuck at the 13:43 mark, knocking the puck into the partially open net.

With the two teams each skating four players in the final six minutes, head coach Brendan Whittet took a chance and pulled Clemente in favor of the extra attacker. However, Dorr finished the game's scoring when he fired the puck into the open net with 4:53 left to play to account for the 7-3 final.

Both Clemente and Cook finished with 24 saves. Brown was 1-5 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill. The Bears return to action on Friday night when they travel up I95 to face Harvard in a 7:00 p.m. ECAC and Ivy League contest.

MINNESOTA STATE                 0            4            3            x            -             7
BROWN                                    1            1            1            x            -             3

First Period – B, Goldberg (Wahl, Zolnierczyk), PP, 1:55. Penalties – M, 3-6; B, 3-6.

Second Period – M, Louwerse (Mueller, Galiardi), 4:15; M, Dorr (Zuck), 12:13; M, Hayes (Sacjrison, Dorr), 16:50; B, Maclellan (unassisted), SH, 17:38; M, Davis (Cooper), 19:49. Penalties – M, 4-8; B, 4-8.

Third Period – B, Hathaway (Brownschidle, Farnham), 1:42; M, Cooper (Zuck), 9:28; M, Burkemper (Zuck), 13:43; M, Dorr, EN, 15:07. Penalties – M, 2-4; B, 3-6. 

Saves
B, Mike Clemente (59:53) – 7-8-9-x – 24; M, Phil Cook (59:53) – 8-9-7-x – 24.