January 7, 2011

Bears Come Back from 3-2 Deficit with Pair of Third Period Goals to Defeat Harvard, 4-3

CAMBRDIGE, MA – Freshman Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) and senior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) scored goals just 19 seconds apart to help the Bears erase a 3-2 deficit as the Brown men's hockey team (5-5-4, 3-3-1) earned a 4-3 victory over Harvard (3-10-0, 2-8-0) in an ECAC Hockey and Ivy League contest Friday evening at the Bright Hockey Center.

The Crimson were all over Brown during the opening five minutes, taking a shot a minute, before junior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) registered Bruno's first shot 5:25 into the game. Brown seemed to gain more and more composure with each shift and ended the period with a 15-10 advantage in shots on goal. However, both teams were unable to find the back of the net, as the first period ended with the score knotted at zero.

The start of the second period was the reverse of the first, as it was Brown that came out with energy, outshooting the Crimson, 6-1, during the first eight minutes and grabbing a 2-0 lead on goals by sophomore Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) and junior Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA).

Zaires' goal was scored on the Bears' fourth power play of the night at 7:21 when he picked up the puck to the left of Carroll after a shot by freshman Mark Hourihan (Lynnfield, MA) and lifted it into the net for his fourth of the year. Senior Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) also assisted on the goal.

Just 35 seconds later, Farnham collected the puck from senior David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ) in the slot and one-timed it past Carroll for his fourth goal of the year and fourth point in the Bears' last three games. Freshman Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) also assisted, earning his sixth point in four games, while Brownschidle's assist was his fourth point in three games.

The lead was short-lived however, as Harvard's Michael Biega beat freshman Marco DeFilippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) on just the second shot of the period for the Crimson at the 8:28 mark. Just a minute later, and with both teams skating four players, Biega converted a two-on-one rush with Alex Killorn for his second of the night, tying the score at 2-2 at 9:44.

After a series of matching penalties for hitting after the whistle, a pair of back-to-back penalties on the Bears, in both the 13th and 18th minute, led to Biega's third goal of the night, scored on Harvard's fifth power play chance at 17:58, as the senior completed the natural hat trick.

The score remained 3-2 in favor of the Crimson until the eight minute of the third period, when Hathaway and Zolnierczyk lit the lamp for Brown, as both goals came on the same penalty to Harvard due to the new rule this season involving delayed penalties.

With a delayed penalty coming up on Harvard's Brendan Rempel after a hit at center ice on Hathaway, the Bears sent an extra attacker on in favor of DeFilippo for the six-on-five advantage. Hathaway tied the score at 3-3 13 seconds after DeFilippo left the net when he lifted the puck past Carroll off feeds from Brownschidle and Wahl.

Then with Rempel in the box for the tripping call, Zolnierczyk converted on Brown's fifth power play chance of the night, when he took a centering feed from freshman Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, PA) and lifted the puck past Carroll for his ninth goal of the year. Maclellan extended his point scoring streak to eight games with an assist on the goal, which gave Brown a 4-3 lead 7:30 into the period.

Harvard pulled Carroll with 1:14 remaining in favor of the extra attacker and maintained possession in the Bears' zone for majority of the final 50 seconds. However, Brownschidle was able to clear the puck with 12 seconds left and after a last counter by Harvard, Robertson blocked the final shot and cleared it out of the zone to help lift Brown to the 4-3 victory.

DeFilippo finished with 32 saves, including all 14 in the third period, while Carroll made 31 for the Crimson. Brown returns to action tomorrow evening when it travels to Hanover, NH to face Dartmouth in a 7:00 p.m. ECAC and Ivy contest.

BROWN                        0            2            2            x            -             4
HARVARD                     0            3            0            x            -             3

First Period – No Scoring. Penalties –B, 2-4; H, 3-6.
Second Period –
B, Zaires (Hourihan, Fratkin), PP, 7:21; B, Farnham (Brownschidle, Wahl), 7:56; H, M. Biega (Killorn, D. Biega), 8:28; H, M. Biega (Killorn, D. Biega), 9:44; H, M. Biega (Kroshus, Ford), PP, 17:58. Penalties – B, 5-10; H, 4-8.
Third Period –
B, Hathaway (Wahl, Brownschidle), delayed penalty, 7:11; B, Zolnierczyk (Goldberg, Maclellan), PP, 7:30. Penalties – B, 0-0; H, 1-2.

Saves
B, Marco DeFilippo (59:47) – 10-8-14-x – 32; H, Ryan Carroll (58:40) – 15-10-6-x – 31.