Dartmouth blanks top-ranked Boston U.
HANOVER, N.H. -- Brad Schierhorn scored twice and James Kruger picked up his second career shutout as Dartmouth upset the No. 1 team in the nation Boston University 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Thompson Arena.
The win was the first for the Big Green against a team ranked No. 1 since a 5-4 overtime win against Boston College at home on Nov. 26, 2002.
BU drops to 9-3-1 overall this season, while Dartmouth improves to 4-3-1 with the shutout victory.
“I thought our kids battled really hard against a quality team in our building. The guys were dialed in from start to finish and physically, we were really tough down low, defensively, but especially offensively,” head coach Bob Gaudet said following the win. “We had to keep the puck out of their high-end forwards’ hands and that’s what the guys did. We got the puck deep and used wide speed on them.
“We won some battles and some races to pucks, but Schierhorn’s net presence was outstanding,” Gaudet added. “He’s got a really good nose for the net and a smart, under-control player. He’s pretty special, but a lot of people don’t know about him.”
Schierhorn scored both his goals in the second period, just 5:01 apart. Each were loose pucks in the low slot that the junior winger was able to slide beyond the reach of Terriers’ freshman netminder Connor LaCouvee.
For the second consecutive night, Schierhorn was joined on the scoresheet with two points by linemate and team captain Tyler Sikura, who was credited with the primary assist on both tallies that came at the 10:17 and 15:18 marks.
Seniors Rick Pinkston and Eric Robinson picked up the other helpers in the game, setting up each goal with long shots that eventually landed on the sticks of Sikura and then Schierhorn.
Kruger picked an outstanding time to earn his second career shutout and second of the season, stopping all 23 shots from a team that had averaged 3.67 goals per game coming into Sunday’s matinee.
Kruger, a junior, had to save his best for last as the Terriers fired 13 shots on goal in the third period after managing just 10 in the first two frames.
Dartmouth controlled play the entire game, dictating the pace and physicality in which the contest was played. The Big Green outshot their opponent 36-23 for the game, including a 21-5 margin in the second period.
Neither was able to muster any success on the power play as both were 0-for-2 in the affair. The Big Green penalty killers have allowed just two power-play goals all season with both coming against Yale on Nov. 14. Since that game with the Elis, Dartmouth has successfully killed the opposition’s last 13 man-advantages.
BU freshman Jack Eichel -- a consensus top-three pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft and the nation’s leading scorer -- was held without a point in the game and was frustrated all night by a swarming Dartmouth defensive core. Eichel’s linemate Danny O’Regan saw his 10-game point streak snapped as well, as the Terriers were thwarted all night by Dartmouth's solid play in its own end.