ECAC member Brown pulled away with two goals in less than four minutes during a sluggish eight-minute span in the second period of an eventual 4-2 nonconference win before an announced crowd of 5,833 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 killing 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.”
Olofsson plays for gold Sunday morning
Colorado College freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson is one win away from taking home a gold medal at the 2014 world junior championship in Malmo, Sweden.
”We’re getting closer,” Olofsson said in a postgame interview. ”It feels more exciting and more fun to play when you get closer to gold.”
Olofsson played a more physical game in Sweden’s 2-1 semifinal win over Russia on Saturday. He drew an interference penalty and recorded two shots. He has a goal and four assists in six tournament games.
Finland downed Canada 5-1 in the other semifinal. The championship game will be broadcast at 11 a.m. on the NHL Network.
Slavin hurries back for game
The Tigers got an unexpected boost whenColorado College freshman Jaccob Slavin caught an earlier flight to the United States from Sweden, where he played until Team USA was eliminated on Thursday. He arrived in Denver at about 6 p.m. Friday and he traveled down to World Arena on Saturday to take on Brown.
“He wants to play,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said before the game. “He said he’s rested and ready to go.”
New goalie fitting in nicely
Freshman Derek Shatzer of Highlands Ranch had a few days to adjust but now the goalie feels right at home wearing Tiger Black and Gold following a week of practice.
“I love it here,” the midseason replacement said.
The 5-foot-9, 152-pounder was added to the roster in place of injured freshman netminder Tyler Marble, who will return next season.
“He is very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the program and attend CC,” Owens said. “He has friends on the team already.”
The freshman played on the Colorado Thunderbirds club team with Olofsson and Slavin and would watch Avalanche games together when their schedules allowed.
“They haven’t been around this week, but the team has been very welcoming,” he said. “I am very glad to be part of this 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).