Jan. 6, 2007
NEW HAVEN, CT - After holding leads of 2-0 and 3-1, the Brown men's ice hockey team (7-5-3, 3-4-1) allowed three straight goals to Yale (7-6-2, 4-4-0) as the Bulldogs handed the Bears a 4-3 loss in an ECACHL and Ivy League contest on Saturday evening at Ingalls Rink, while leapfrogging Brown in the ECACHL standings.
Brown came out flying, outshooting Yale, 7-0, during the first five minutes of play, while grabbing a 2-0 lead. The Bears used just 47 seconds to take a 1-0 lead on a goal by junior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI). With the face-off to the left of Yale goalie Alec Richards, sophomore Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) won the draw back to junior Brian McNary (Edmonton, ALB). McNary sent a quick shot in and the puck bounced off a skate to Prough who moved into the slot and back-handed the puck over Richards' right shoulder.
Before Yale had even taken a shot on net, Brown increased its lead to 2-0 on a goal by sophomore Ryan Garbutt (Winnipeg, MAN). Freshman Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) collected the puck from junior Chris Poli (Medfield, MA) in the Bears' own zone and Timberlake sprung Garbutt with a nice feed that sent him into the zone. Garbutt beat two defensemen and fired a shot from the top of the left face-off circle that beat Richards stick-side at 5:11 of the first period.
Yale got one back just 1:11 into the second period when Sean Backman's shot from the right face-off circle beat freshman Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) glove-side. However, just 1:31 later, Prough lit the lamp for the second time to re-gain the two-goal lead for the Bears. Vokes won the face-off to Richards' right back to Prough and he one-timed the puck into the back of the net at 2:42.
With 4:29 left in the second period, Yale again came to within one, when Thomas Dignard beat Rosen with a shot from the left point.
The final two-plus minutes of the period saw both teams take several penalties. After the final penalties were called, Brown ended up with a two-man advantage for 1:11, including the last 56 seconds of the period, but the Bears were unable to regain a two-goal cushion.
Looking for its first win since November 18th, Yale opened the third period with intensity and knotted the game at 3-3 just 2:24 into the final period when Will Engasser beat Rosen through the five-hole. The Bulldogs grabbed their first lead of the game at 6:07 when Engasser tipped a shot past Rosen with Yale skating on the power-play.
Brown had a golden chance to tie the game up with 11:20 left in the game, earning a power-play, but Yale's penalty-kill was up to the task, preventing the tying goal. Again, Brown was awarded a power-play with 6:20 remaining, but the Bears couldn't find the back of the net.
Brown pulled Rosen with 1:02 remaining for the extra attacker, but to no avail as Yale salvaged the season split with the Bears. Rosen finished with 26 saves, while Richards made 41 stops for Yale. In the midst of a seven-game road trip, Brown returns to action next weekend when it travels to Quinnipiac and Princeton for a pair of ECACHL games.
BROWN 2 1 0 x - 3
YALE 0 2 2 x - 4
First period - B, Jeff Prough (Brian McNary, Matt Vokes), 0:47; B, Ryan Garbutt (Devin Timberlake, Chris Poli), 5:11. Penalties - B, 1-2; Y, 1-2.
Second period - Y, Sean Backman, 1:11; B, Jeff Prough (Matt Vokes), 2:42; Y, Thomas Dignard (J-F Boucher), 15:31. Penalties - B, 3-6; Y, 5-10.
Third Period - Y, Will Engasser (Mark Arcobello), 2:24; Y, Will Engasser (Sean Backman, Robert Page), 6:07. Penalties - B, 1-2; Y, 2-4.