January 13, 2007

Bears Force Overtime with Late Goal, but Tigers Prevail in OT, 3-2

Jan. 13, 2007

Box Score

PRINCETON, NJ - Junior leading scorer Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) scored with 4:42 remaining in regulation to tie the game, but Princeton (9-9-2, 6-7-1) netted the game-winner just 1:29 into overtime as the Brown men's ice hockey team (7-7-3, 3-6-1) dropped a 3-2 decision to the Tigers in an ECACHL and Ivy League game on Saturday evening at Baker Rink.

Despite Princeton holding a 16-6 advantage in first-period shots, the two teams headed into the first intermission knotted at 1-1. The Tigers scored the first goal of the game, when Daryl Marcoux, who was all alone in the slot, knocked in the rebound of a shot by Kevin Kaiser at 14:41.

However less than four minutes later, sophomore Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) assured that the Tigers didn't gain an edge, connecting on a centering feed from Prough with 1:23 remaining in the period.

The Tigers grabbed a 2-1 lead just 1:16 into the second period when Grant Goeckner-Zoeller's shot from the top of the right face-off circle clanged off the far post and into the back of the net.

The Bears had two power-plays in the third period, but Brown was unable to net the tying goal, as Bruno's extra-man unit has been kept off the scoreboard for three straight games.

The Tigers earned a power-play chance with 7:05 remaining and Brown's penalty-kill was up to the task, preventing Princeton was taking a bigger lead. Just 23 seconds after the Tigers' power-play expired, Prough collected a loose puck off a rebound of a Princeton shot deep in Brown's zone. The Bears' leading scorer skated coast-to-coast, beat his defender and buried his shot through B.J. Sklapsky's legs, tying the game with 4:42 remaining.

Brown went on the penalty-kill for the final 1:24 of the period, which carried over into overtime. The Bears killed that, but just 53 seconds in, they took a bench minor for too many players on the ice. Princeton netted the winning goal 36 seconds into the power-play, as Brown lost in overtime for the first time this season.

Freshman goalie Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) finished with 39 saves, while B.J. Sklapsky recorded 20 saves for Princeton. In the midst of a seven-game road trip, Brown travels to upstate New York to face Cornell and Colgate in a pair of Leauge games next weekend.

BROWN 1 0 1 0 - 2
PRINCETON 1 1 0 1 - 3

First period - P, Daryl Marcoux (Kevin Kaiser, Kevin Westgarth), 14:41; B, Matt Vokes (Jeff Prough), 18:37. Penalties - B, 1-2; P, 2-4.
Second period - P, Grant Goeckner-Zoeller (Cam McIntyre, Kevin Crane), 1:16. Penalties - B, 5-10; P, 4-8.
Third Period - B, Jeff Prough (unassisted), 15:18. Penalties - B, 3-6; P, 3-6.
Overtime - P, Grant Goeckner-Zoeller (Brett Wilson, Mike Moore), 1:29. Penalties - B, 1-2; P, 0-0.

Saves
B, Dan Rosen (61:29), 15-14-10-0 - 39; P, B.J. Sklapsky (61:29), 5-7-8-0 - 20.