Feb. 3, 2007
PROVIDENCE, RI - Led by sophomore Ryan Garbutt's (Winnipeg, MAN) first career hat-trick, four points from junior Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) and another three from junior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI), the Brown men's ice hockey team (9-9-5, 5-8-3) erupted with four third-period goals, including three in a span of 3:17, and handed #18 Quinnipiac (13-9-5, 9-4-4) a 6-3 loss in ECAC Hockey League action Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
Playing without senior captain Sean Dersch (Edmonton, ALB) and senior assistant captain Antonin Roux (Danville, QUE), who were out with injuries, Brown's younger players rose to the challenge. Hurley and Prough, who filled the roles of acting captain and assistant captain, respectively, with the absence of Dersch and Roux, were vital in leading the Bears to the win.
The first half of the game did not go well for the Bears, who were outshot 25-14 over 40 minutes, including one point where the shot counter read 19-6 in favor of the Bobcats. After Ben Nelson, who scored two of Quinnipiac's goals, gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 9:01 of the first, Garbutt scored his first of three goals on a Brown power-play. He collected the puck off a broken play by the Bobcats and loaded up at the bottom of the right face-off circle, burying his shot short-side at 14:37 to tie the game at 1-1.
The goal would be the first of three power-play goals for Brown, matching a season-high for power-play goals in a game, which they accomplished in November in a 7-3 win over Wayne State.
Quinnipiac regained a one-goal lead at 3:57 of the second, scoring on a power-play, but Garbutt tied the game at 2-2 on another Brown power-play at 15:03. The Bobcats attempted to clear the zone, but Hurley blocked the puck with his body, kept it in the zone and passed it over to Prough at the right point. Prough fired a shot on net and Gatbutt tipped it past Bud Fisher for his sixth goal of the season.
Brown carried this momentum into the third period and scored three goals in the opening 7:18, chasing Fisher from the game. Freshman Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB) gave the Bears a 3-2 lead 4:01 into the period, scoring on a perfectly-executed three-on-two rush with Prough and freshman Sean McMonagle (Oakville, ONT). McMonagle picked up his first career point on a pass to Prough as Brown broke out of its own zone. The trio skated into the Quinnipiac zone and Prough sent a pass to Russell, who tapped it past Fisher for the 3-2 lead.
Hurley then gave Bruno a 4-2 lead, scoring on another Brown power-play off assists from junior Brian McNary (Edmonton, ALB) and Prough. Just 1:08 later, Garbutt completed the hat-trick when he fired a rocket from just inside the blueline.
The Bobcats came to within 5-3 at 13:27, scoring on a power-play. With another power-play chance late in the game, Quinnipiac pulled Zach Kleiman, who had replaced Fisher after Garbutt's third goal, for a six-on-four advantage. McNary made a great play along the boards and passed the puck back to Hurley, who settled the puck before winding up and scoring a short-handed goal into the vacated Bobcat net with 3:15 left to play.
Freshman goalie Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY), who has recently been named a semi-finalist for the Walter Brown Award, had another strong night in net, posting 35 saves. The Bears have a tough test next weekend when they travel to the North Country to face Clarkson and St. Lawrence, the third and first place team in the ECACHL, in a pair of League games.