Bears Comeback Falls Just Short in 3-1 Loss to Union

Bears Comeback Falls Just Short in 3-1 Loss to Union

Feb. 14, 2009

Box Score

SCHENECTADY, NY - Freshman Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) scored his fourth of the year with 1:17 left to bring the Bears to within 2-1, but Union (15-13-2, 8-9-1) was able to hold on and post a 3-1 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (2-19-4, 2-13-3) on Saturday afternoon at Messa Rink.

The Dutchmen dominated the first 20 minutes, pinning the Bears in their own end for the large majority of the period, while posting a 16-5 advantage in shots on goal. However, it took until the 19th minute of the frame for Union to get the puck past freshman Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA), who made 15 straight saves before allowing the goal.

With a penalty coming up on Brown late in the period, Union pulled goalie Corey Milan for the extra attacker. Brock Matheson fired a shot from the left point that got through traffic in front and was tipped by Adam Presizniuk, who was stationed at the bottom of the left face-off circle, beating Clemente five-hole.

The Bears came out in the second period and had a flurry of shots early on, but after about the five-minute mark, Union picked up its intensity and began to control the flow once again. Brown's best chance of the period came on a strong shift by the fourth line at 11:54. Sophomore David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ) came in alone on the right side and attempted to tip a feed from sophomore Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) past Milan. However, the Union goalie was just able to get his glove on the puck to keep Brown off the scoreboard.

Less than a minute later, at 12:50, Clemente made a big save on Matt Cook, who got in behind his defender and had just Clemente to beat from the top of the crease. The rookie netminder held his positioning and stoned the senior wing, keeping the score, 1-0, in favor of Union.

The Dutchmen made it a 2-0 game heading into the final period, after Jason Walters was credited with a power-play goal with just five seconds left before the intermission. Milan started the play by passing the puck up to Lane Caffaro, who sent it up to Walters along the left wing. Realizing time was running out in the period, Walters threw the puck on net from the left half boards and the puck appeared to deflect in off a Brown player for the 2-0 lead.

With the teams skating four-on-four early in the third period, junior Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) had a chance to get the Bears on the board, firing back-to-back shots on net, the second of which came with Milan out of position. But Milan made both saves, preventing Brown from scoring.

On the ensuing counter attack, sophomore Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB) made a big defensive play, lying down on the ice to swipe the puck away before the Dutchmen could take a shot, preventing further damage.

At 4:36, Union was whistled for back-to-back penalties 28 seconds apart, giving Brown an extended two-man advantage. However, the Bears could do nothing with either that or the remaining power-play, as the Dutchmen were able to escape the jam.

Union nearly extended its lead to 3-0 at 10:18 when Presizniuk collected the puck following a defensive zone turnover by the Bears and fired a shot from the top of the right face-off circle. It just missed going in, as the puck had Clemente beat to the far corner, but clanged off the post and then bounced out into the crease. Just three seconds later, Presizniuk took a quick shot directly off the face-off from nearly the same exact spot, only to be denied by the crossbar.

With just under seven minutes remaining in the game, the Bears earned their second five-on-three chance, this one for 1:36. However, they managed just two shots on goal, and then failed to convert the remaining 24 second power-play, as Milan and the rest of the Union defense continued to deny the Bears.

In all Brown had six power-play chances in the third period, including the two extended five-on-three chances, and a final one with 3:19 remaining. With the face-off in the offensive zone with at 18:25, the Bears pulled Clemente for the extra attacker and Farnham spoiled Milan's shutout bid with 1:17 remaining, scoring just two seconds after the power-play had expired.

The play started when freshman Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) battled for a lose puck along the right wing. He passed it over to classmate Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB), who skated into the zone and passed over to Farnham, who buried his shot from the right post for his fourth of the year.

Brown pulled Clemente, who finished with 41 saves, after the ensuing face-off and Chris Potts walked the puck into the vacated net with 2.8 seconds remaining for the 3-1 final.

In all, Brown was outshot 44-22. Union was 1-2 on the power-play, while the Bears were 0-8. Brown returns to action next weekend when it travels to Princeton and Quinnipiac for a pair of ECAC Hockey contests on Friday and Saturday.

BROWN 0 0 1 x - 1
UNION 1 1 1 x - 3

First period - U, Presizniuk (Matheson, Boileau), DP, 18:27. Penalties - B, 0-0; U, 1-2.
Second period - U, Walters (Caffaro, Milan), PP, 19:55. Penalties - B, 3-6; U, 2-4.
Third Period - B, Farnham (Maclelllan, Buvinow), EA, 18:43; U, Potts (unassisted), EN, 19:57. Penalties - B, 1-2; U, 7-14.

B, Mike Clemente (59:09), 15-14-12-x - 41; U, Corey Milan (59:52), 5-7-9-x - 21.