By Jim Davis on March 10, 2010
The Arkansas Razorbacks are expecting a significantly greater effort and performance from themselves tomorrow than they managed today in falling behind 5-0 after two periods on their way to a 7-1 loss to Colorado at the D3 National Tournament in Estero, Fla.
Arkansas, the No. 3 seed in Pool C, will face No. 1 seed Hope College of Michigan at 11 a.m. Colorado, the No. 2 seed, will meet No. 4 seed Fredonia State at 8:30 a.m.
“We have 15 freshmen on this team and they were deer in the headlights for two periods,” said Arkansas coach Rick Desjardins afterwards. “You can’t take anything away from Colorado, but we played teams as good as them [during the regular season and in the D3 South Regional Tournament and the SECHC Playoffs]. If we had played our game it would have been a one-goal game.”
It was for 20 minutes. The Buffaloes fired 20 shots at Arkansas’ netminder, Brendan Desjardins, in the first period and scored once. The Razorbacks thought they had the equalizer late in the period, but the goal was waived off as a kicked-in goal.
“In the second period we came out with two really good shifts before they got a shot on net, but then they scored a flukey one,” said Desjardins.
Down 5-0 late in the third period, the Razorbacks pressed to spoil a Colorado shutout and take something positive into tomorrow’s game with Hope. They succeeded with just 11 seconds to go. “That’s what we remember. The last 11 seconds is what we’re going to focus on,” said Desjardins.
The coach singled out leading scorer Brad McMahon for being the lone Razorback who played with the speed and intensity of the Buffaloes and praised his fourth line – B.J. Kellagher, Jacob Larison and Austin Morehead — for playing its best game of the season. “Now the other three lines have to step up tomorrow,” said Desjardins.
“The boys have watched some of the other games and seen that there are 16 good teams here. Whoever shows up will do well.”
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