Men’s Hockey Draws Even with Princeton, 3-3

Men’s Hockey Draws Even with Princeton, 3-3

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Juniors Tyler Bird (Andover, Mass.), Charlie Corcoran (New Canaan, Conn.) and Max Willman (Barnstable, Mass.) all scored in the first period as the Brown men's hockey team skated to a 3-3 draw with Princeton in Saturday's ECAC contest at Meehan Auditorium. 

Brown moves to 4-17-2 overall and 3-12-1 in the ECAC, while Princeton now stands at 9-11-3, 4-9-3 in the conference.

Brown opened the game with three straight goals and held a two-goal lead after the first period, but the Tigers answered with a pair in the middle frame to even the score.

Rookie Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) made 34 saves for the Bears, while Colton Phinney had 23 stops on the other end.

Brown erupted for three goals in the first period, starting at 4:09, when Bird notched his second shorthanded goal and fifth overall. Davey Middleton (Novi, Mich.) intercepted a pass in the offensive end and set up Bird in the slot, giving the Bears their third shorthanded tally in the last four games.

Corcoran tacked on his team-high 14th goal at 7:34, as he fielded a centering pass from rookie Brent Beaudoin (Londonderry, N.H.) and beat Phinney with a backhanded for the two-goal lead.

Willman added to the scoring at 10:37 with his tenth goal of the season. Rookie Nolan Aibel (Brookeville, N.Y.) carried the puck into the offensive end and sent a centering pass to Sam Lafferty (Hollidaysburg, Pa.), who found Willman on the left side for the team's third goal of the stanza.

Ryna Kuffner put the Tigers on the board at 15:47 to trim the lead to 3-1 at the end of the first period. Brown outshot Princeton, 13-11, in the opening 20 minutes.

Princeton came back with a pair of goals in the second period to even the score.  Max Veronneau pulled the Tigers within one midway through the period as he scored just two seconds after a Brown penalty expired. Matt Nelson added a power-play goal with 1:30 left in the frame to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the third period.

Brown's best chance in the third period came during a power play midway through the period, but Phinney was able to deny Aibel right in front to keep the game tied and force overtime.

Brown and Princeton registered one shot apiece in a scoreless overtime. Princeton's Jackson Cressey was called for a five-minute major with 44 seconds remaining, but Phinney corralled Willman's final bid of the game to secure a draw. 

Brown will visit Colgate on Friday at 7 PM.

Video of all Brown men's hockey home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on ILDN.TV/BROWN.

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