Jan. 18, 2003
PROVIDENCE, RI - Special teams were the difference, as the men's ice hockey team (8-6-2) used four power-play goals and killed all three of the Crusaders extra-man opportunities, to defeat Holy Cross (10-11-0), 4-2, in a men's ice hockey contest Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 13:29 of the first period, scoring just three seconds after a power-play opportunity had expired.
However, Brown knotted the contest at 1-1 just 1:52 later as sophomore leading scorer Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) tallied a power-play goal for the Bears at 15:21 of the first. Juniors Scott Ford (Fort St. John, BC) and Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE) each assisted on the goal, as the two teams headed into the first intermission tied at one.
The Bears increased their lead to 4-1 on the strength of three power-play goals, heading into the final period. Robinson notched the first at 10:10 of the second, with Haggett and senior Paul Esdale (Edmonton, ALB) assisting. Just 3:21 later, Esdale tallied on the man-advantage with Ford and senior Keith Kirley (Leverett, MA) each notching assists. The final goal, which came at 16:20 of the period, was scored by junior Vince Macri (Durham, NH) and was assisted by Robinson and Haggett. With his goal, the Bears remained perfect on the power-play, heading into the third.
Holy Cross changed goalies to start the third, and the Bears were unable to solve freshman Ben Conway, who was playing in his first collegiate game. The Crusaders added a short-handed tally at 8:58 of the final period for the final goal of the night.
For the game, junior Yann Danis (Saint-Jerome, QUE) stopped 31 shots. Brown continues action on Tuesday, January 22, in a non-league contest against Iona at Meehan Auditorium.
HOLY CROSS 1 0 1 x - 2
BROWN 1 3 0 x -- 4
Second period - BR (PPG), Brent Robinson (Les Haggett, Paul Esdale), 10:10;
BR (PPG) Paul Esdale (Scott Ford, Keith Kirley), 13:31;
BR (PPG) Vince Macri (Brent Robinson, Les Haggett), 16:20. Penalties - HC, 3-6; BR, 1-2.
Third period - HC (SHG), Brandon Doria (unassisted), 8:58.
Penalties - HC, 3-6; BR, 1-2.
HC, Matt Norton, 4-5-x - 4 (40:00); HC, Ben Conway, x-x-7 - 7 (19:35);
BR, Yann Danis, 6-17-8 -- 31 (60:00).
Records - HC, 10-11-0, 8-6-0 MAAC; BR, 8-6-2, 7-5-1 ECAC.
Attendance - 1,107 (Meehan Auditorium).