Jan. 18, 2002
PROVIDENCE, RI - Junior Paul Esdale (Edmonton, ALB) scored two goals and added an assist, while sophomore Yann Danis (Lafontaine, QUE) stopped 26 shots in leading Brown (6-8-2) to their second consecutive victory, a 4-1 win over #2 St. Cloud State (19-4-1) on Friday evening in Brown's Meehan Auditorium.
After a scoreless first period, which consisted of just 11 total shots on net, the Bears broke open a 0-0 game midway through the second period, exploding for three goals in a span of just eight minutes. Junior Keith Kirley (Leverett, MA) started the spree when he one-timed the puck into the left side of the net for his third goal in two games. The power-play goal was scored at 10:46 of the second and was assisted by Esdale and sophomore Shane Mudryk (Leduc, ALB).
Less than five minutes later, Brown increased its lead to two goals when freshman Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) intercepted a St. Cloud clearing attempt and found classmate Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ). Swon sent the puck home from between the face-off circles for his second point in as many games and his first career goal.
With the Bears on the penalty kill just three minutes later, Esdale scored his first of the night at 18:46. Junior Tye Korbl (Goffstown, NH) broke up a St. Cloud play and found Esdale streaking down the left side of the ice. Esdale lit the lamp, his first short-handed goal of the season, with a slap shot from the left point, sending Brown into the locker room leading 3-0. Just two minutes into the final stanza, Esdale added a power play goal for Brown, as the Bears finished 2-6 on the power play. Kirley and Mudryk both earned assists on the goal, each finishing with two points.
Brown held onto the lead for nearly the remainder of the game, looking for their first shutout of the year. However, with Danis just minutes away from his first career shutout, the Huskies scored their lone goal of the night with 1:35 remaining, ending Brown's shutout bid.
With the win, Brown avenged last season's two losses to the Huskies, 4-2 and 5-4 in Minnesota, while head coach Roger Grillo earned his first victory over St. Cloud, also Brown's first victory over the Huskies in five tries.
Danis made 26 saves in net, earning his third victory of the year, and second straight. The Bears host UConn, who tied Providence, 2-2 on Friday, in a 7:00 p.m. contest at Meehan on Saturday.
Brown 4, #2 St. Cloud State 1
Scoring 2 B Keith Kirley (Paul Esdale, Shane Mudryk) PPG 10:46
2 B Chris Swon (Les Haggett) GWG 15:12
2 B Paul Esdale (Tye Korbl) SHG 18:46
3 B Paul Esdale (Keith Kirley, Shane Mudryk) PPG 1:43
3 SC Mark Hartigan (Jeff Finger, Jim McNamara) 18:25
Saves 1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
Jake Moreland, S 40:00 6 5 x x 11
Dean Weasler, S 20:00 x x 8 x 8
Yann Danis, B 60:00 5 11 10 x 26
Total Penalties Powerplays
Brown 4/8:00 Brown 2/6
St. Cloud State 6/12:00 St. Cloud State 0/4