Familiar theme as Colorado College loses to Brown

By Joe Paisley Updated: January 5, 2014 at 7:50 pm • Published: January 4, 2014 | 11:50 pm 0

Colorado College's ongoing struggle to put together 60 minutes of good hockey led to another defeat.

ECAC member Brown pulled away with two goals in less than four minutes during a sluggish eight-minute span in the second period Saturday for CC of an eventual 4-2 loss at World Arena.

"It wasn't a 60-minute effort," CC coach Scott Owens said. "It wasn't good enough."

The go-ahead goal was tallied by Bears sophomore center Mark Naclerio, who assisted sophomore linemate Nick Lappin's eventual game-winning goal with 12:07 left for a 3-1 margin.

"Their top line was as good as advertised," Owens said. "They stepped up and made plays."

Brown, 3-0-1 in its last four games, improved to 6-6-2.

The Bears win came despite a strong finish by the Tigers and a good performance by the power play which went 2 for 4, including a goal by senior Alexander Krushelnyski with 1:36 left to cut the Brown lead to 4-2.

The Tigers' struggles in the second period ended after a good shift by the line of sophomore left wing Hunter Fejes, senior center Archie Skalbeck and freshman Luc Gerdes jump-started their team.

CC generated better offensive chances over the final nine minutes of the second period but Brown goalie Marco De Filippo (31 saves) was up to the challenge, stopping sophomore Cody Bradley at close range during the Tigers' only power play in the middle frame.

Earlier, CC freshman center Sam Rothstein fired a shot past De Filippo for a power-play goal with 4:56 remaining in the first period. The score answered a Brown power-play goal by Massimo Lamacchia little more than three minutes earlier that staked the Bears to a 1-0 lead over the Tigers (2-13-3).

"I am getting sick of hearing 'So close,' or "Nice try' on the bench," Rothstein said. "Hearing that just doesn't matter if you keep coming up with losses."

Brown made it 4-1 when junior Matt Harlow fired a hard-angle shot with 14:51 left. That ended the night for CC senior goalie Josh Thorimbert (13 saves).

Junior Courtney Lockwood made five in relief.

Those stops were part of a strong performance by the Tiger penalty kill. The unit killed off a five-minute power play that included a 5-on-3 advantage for the Bears.

"There were some good parts," Owens said. "We did well on the kill; we had good movement on the power play but we didn't get any 5-on-5 scoring. Our defensive corps wasn't sharp. It was disappointing. It just wasn't good enough as a team."

Brown 4, Colorado College 2

Brown 1 2 1 - 4

Colorado College 1 0 1 - 2

First period - 1, Brown, Lamacchia (Jacobson, Wahl) 11:26 (PP); 2. CC, Rothstein (McDermott, Krushelnyski) 15:04 (PP). Penalties - BRN, LaMacchia, hooking, :52; CC, Slavin, holding, 5:18; CC. Gerdes, cross-checking, 9:54; BRN, Goldberg, holding, 14:30; CC, Harstad, hooking, 19:42.

Second period - 3. Brown, Naclerio (Lorito, Lappin) 4:07; 4. Brown, Lappin (Naclerio, Pfeil) 7:53. Penalties - BRN, Wood, cross-checking, 10:44.

Third period - 5. Brown, Harlow (de Concilys, Hourihan) 5:09; 6. CC, Krushelnyski (Bradley, Slavin) 18:24 (PP). Penalties - CC, Collett, 5-minute checking from behind, 10-minute game misconduct, 7:49; CC, Skalbeck, slashing; 10:24; BRN, Hourihan, hooking, 17:36.

Power play - Brown 1-4, CC 2-4. Shots on goal - Brown 5-9-8 - 22; CC 13-10-10 - 33. Saves-minutes - Brown, DeFlippo 12-10-9 - 60:00; CC, Thorimbert 4-7-2 - 45:09; Lockwood 5-12:54. Referees - Dreger, Krebsbach. Linesmen - Stankevich, Staudte. Attendance - 5,833 (7,380 capacity).

W L T OTL Pts GF GA

St. Cloud St. 6 1 1 0 19 25 13

Nebraska-Omaha 5 2 1 1 17 26 20

North Dakota 5 5 0 0 15 27 32

Denver 4 3 1 1 14 18 16

Colorado College 2 5 3 1 10 20 30

Miami (Ohio) 3 5 0 0 9 20 22

Minnesota-Duluth 3 5 0 0 9 24 28

Western Michigan 3 5 0 0 9 23 22

OVERALL RECORDS: Colorado College 2-13-3, Denver 10-6-4, Miami (Ohio) 9-7-2, Minn. Duluth 7-8-1, Nebraska-Omaha 8-9-1, North Dakota 9-7-2, St. Cloud St. 11-2-3, Western Michigan 9-8-3

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