November 22, 2007 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Terriers' Tail Between Their Legs

by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer

BOSTON — Before his team could even think about Cornell and Madison Square Garden this weekend, Boston University head coach Jack Parker had more reasons to be befuddled after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Harvard in overtime, a game which left the Terriers 0-4-1 in non-league play.

Doug Rogers' overtime game winner left many of the 5,325 fans in attendance disappointed.

"We didn't play as hard as we should," Parker said. "Some guys took the night off."

"It's been a roller-coaster ride," said Terrier forward Peter MacArthur. "There is no excuse for not skating hard. Basically we have had brain freeze. ... We need to lead by example. Actions speak louder than words."

BU's trend of playing strong for stretches, and going to sleep for long stretches, reared its ugly head again. Despite MacArthur's first-period goal against Harvard, it did nothing to kick start the team.

MacArthur said, "We couldn't get it going tonight in any area."

BU had allowed three power-play goals in last Saturday's 5-4 loss to Vermont, which had followed a 9-1 win over the Catamounts. Against Harvard, BU's up-and-down goaltending was solid enough to win, though Karson Gillespie did allow two goals on 20 shots.

Against Vermont, Brett Bennett, who had been performing much better than Gillespie, allowed four goals on 12 shots. Gillespie relieved and took the loss.

"You don't kill penalties without good goaltending," Parker exclaimed.

Harvard goaltender Kyle Richter, on the other hand, was on top of his game again with 14 saves in the initial period. Richter had a total of 39 saves in the game. All of them were crucial to the team's performance.

"Kyle was under a lot of pressure," said Harvard coach Ted Donato. "He was huge in net."

"There were times where they were pressing well in the zone," Richter explained about the Terrier offense that mustered 40 shots on goal. "We recovered well after the first shot."

Said Parker, "The stats did not relate to anything (Tuesday). We didn't skate tonight and we have to change some things around."

With a 3-7-2 start, the Terriers are reaching must-win mode earlier than they should have to.

"It was a game we had to have," Parker noted. "In general we got what we deserved."

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