Bears Fall to #20 Harvard, 2-1, in Overtime
Feb. 3, 2006
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's ice hockey team (3-14-5, 2-10-3) broke the school record for overtime games in a season with its ninth overtime contest of the year, but couldn't come out with a point as Dan Murphy scored the game-winner at 2:55 of overtime to lift #20 Harvard (12-8-2, 9-7-1) to a 2-1 win in an ECAC Hockey League and Ivy League contest Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
The two teams played an even first period of hockey in every aspect but the one that counts as the Crimson held a 1-0 lead after the first 20:00 of action. With each team skating four players with under 5:00 left in the first period, Ryan Maki gave Harvard a 1-0 lead when he fired a slap-shot past sophomore Adam D'Alba (Glencoe, IL) from behind the blue-line.
The two teams played a scoreless second period, despite two close scoring chances from sophomore Paul Baier (North Kingstown, RI).
The third period was more of the same, with each team generating chances, but the game was turning out to be a defensive battle with D'Alba and Harvard's John Daigneau making stop after stop in their respective nets.
With the clock ticking down in the third period, senior Cory Caouette (Devon, ALB) knotted the game at 1-1 with 5:53 left to play. Senior Jarrett Robertson (Kingston, ONT) won a battle for the puck behind the net and dished it to freshman Sean Muncy (Chesterfield, MO) along the left boards. Muncy sent a centering pass to Caouette, who patiently waited for Daigneau to drop, before firing the puck into the back of the net. The goal ended a scoreless streak for Brown against Harvard at 188:50, as the Crimson shutout the Bears in the previous two meetings.
Caouette's goal sent the game into overtime, Brown's ninth of the season, as the Bears broke the school record for overtime games in a single season. Brown was outshot, 6-0, in the extra session and Murphy cleared the Harvard bench with just 2:05 left in the overtime as the Crimson won their third straight against Brown.
In net for Brown, D'Alba recorded a career-high 45 saves, while Daigneau stopped 21 shots in net for Harvard. Brown continues action tomorrow evening when it hosts Dartmouth in an ECACHL and Ivy League game at 7:00 p.m.
#20 HARVARD 1 0 0 1 2
BROWN 0 0 1 0 1
First Period - H, Ryan Maki (Tom Walsh), 16:32, 4x4. Penalties - H, 3-6; B, 2-4.
Second Period - No Scoring. Penalties - H, 3-6; B, 4-19.
Overtime - H, Dan Murphy (Kevin Du), 2:55. Penalties - H, 0-0; B, 0-0.
H, Daigneau (62:55) - 6-8-7-0 - 21; B, D'Alba (62:55) -5-18-17-5 - 45