NU's Cronin: 'We wouldn't shoot the damn puck'

Mike Petraglia
February 01, 2010 - 10:04 pm

BOSTON  --  A wise old hockey adage goes roughly like this: You can't score if you don't shoot. There's no need to remind Northeastern coach Greg Cronin of that after he watched his team try to be too cute with the Boston University and wind up on the short end of a 2-1 decision in the Beanpot semifinal Monday night at TD Garden. And for the 22nd straight year, the Huskies will be heading home without a Beanpot title. The frustration was unmistakeable in his post-game address to reporters. "The better team won the game," Cronin said. "BU played a terrific game. They did a good job keeping us to the outside. My biggest problem is that anytime we had an odd-man rush, or even an even-man rush, is that we wouldn'€™t shoot the damn puck. "Right before there was a penalty called on Wade MacLeod, he was standing all alone in the slot and wouldn'€™t shoot it. [Assistant coach] Albie O'€™Connell kept radioing down asking '€˜Why won'€™t they shoot the puck?'€™ You reflect back on the game, and I would say conservatively that we had six chances with the puck on our stick right in front of BU'€™s net, and we refused to shoot the puck. Part of that was because they were doing a nice job putting their bodies in the shot lanes, and part of it was guys trying to pick a better apple." By contrast, BU coach Jack Parker counted over 80 shots by his team on Monday night, though many never reached NU goalie Chris Rawlings. If only NU had taken that approach, the result would have likely been much different. "In a playoff-type game like this, when you get scoring chances in the slot, you'€™ve got to shoot the puck," Cronin said. "Give [Alex] Chiasson credit '€“ he held it and held it and held it, and I actually thought our defenseman played it well, but somehow, it snuck through Chris. It was a combination of two things: they did a nice job blocking shots, and we just didn'€™t want to shoot it."