If you look at just the score - 4-3 - it shows another victory for the 16th-ranked Boston University men’s hockey team, which improved to 5-4-1 (4-3-1 Hockey East) by beating Vermont at Agganis Arena last night.
But coach Jack Parker wasn’t in a rollicking mood after the contest. His brow was furrowed, his voice low, and he wasn’t celebrating what his team did right.
Instead, the veteran bench boss was focusing on what his team didn’t do.
“I thought we played a pretty solid game for a while,’’ said Parker. “But once it was 4-2, I thought we just reverted back to stupid, selfish . . .
“I couldn’t have been more disappointed with the third period. We have a mind-set that we can do what we want at times. We can play the way we want to play and we can play selfish and we can play stupid because we’re winning, 4-2, and Vermont is not that good, they’re in last place in the league.
“Vermont should’ve won that game, I thought. They had unbelievable chances in the last four minutes. We have a lot of guys who are selfish. We have a lot of guys who can be stupid-selfish, too.’’
Vermont took a 1-0 lead at 5:27 of the opening period when senior left wing Brett Leonard drove down the right and fired a shot on Grant Rollheiser (31 saves). The senior made the initial save, but freshman defenseman Blake Doerring rapped in the rebound for his first collegiate goal.
Doerring wasn’t even scheduled to play, but an injury to a teammate during warmups thrust him into action.
BU pulled even at 9:02 when sophomore right wing Sahir Gill threw a centering pass in front. The puck caromed off the skate of freshman defenseman Nick Luukko to Corey Trivino and the senior center popped it past Rob Madore (26 saves).
Less than a minute and a half later, the Terriers took their first lead. During a power play, sophomore center Charlie Coyle snapped a shot over Madore’s glove.
The Catamounts (1-6-1, 0-5-1) tied the game at 2:38 of the second when freshman Kyle Reynolds skated across the slot, turned onto his backhand, and beat Rollheiser, earning his first collegiate goal.
The Terriers went on top to stay at 6:47. Defenseman Sean Escobedo took a shot from the left point, which Madore stopped, but the puck caromed to junior left wing Wade Megan at the right post and he knocked it home.
They increased their lead at 16:34 during another power play when sophomore defenseman Garrett Noonan beat Madore from the left circle.
Vermont used some sound strategy to cut the gap in the third, during which the Catamounts had a 14-7 edge in shots.
With BU down a player after a penalty for too many men on the ice, coach Kevin Sneddon called a timeout. He kept Madore at the bench in favor of an extra attacker and it paid off at 16:42 when Sebastian Stalberg scored off a scramble around the crease to make it 4-3.
“I give our guys a ton of credit,’’ said Sneddon. “They battled back and had some great opportunities to tie it up in the waning moments and certainly they’re frustrated, but hopefully they’ll be able to see all the good that we’ve done.’’