February 15, 2008

Cayer's Overtime Game-Winner Lifts #11 Clarkson to 4-3 Victory over Bears

Feb. 15, 2008

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - Clarkson's David Cayer scored with 47.7 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the 11th-ranked Golden Knights (17-9-3, 12-3-2) to a 4-3 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (3-17-4, 3-11-3) on Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium. After going up 2-0 in the first period, the Bears fell behind, 3-2, but sophomore Aaron Volpatti's (Revelstoke, BC) second goal of the game tied the contest at 15:04 of the third, forcing overtime.

Despite getting outshot, 18-10, in the first period, most of which came on second and third chance opportunities, the Bears dominated the pace of the game in the first period and scored twice in a span of 1:21 midway through the frame to grab a 2-0 lead.

Volpatti got things stared at 9:05 when he beat David Leggio glove-side from the top of the left face-off circle. Sophomore Sean McMonagle (Oakville, ONT) collected the puck from senior David Robertson (Saunderstown, RI) on a break-out and hit Volpatti with a pass just as Volpatti entered the zone. Volpatti took a few strides before launching the shot for his second goal of the year.

Less than two minutes later, at 10:36, sophomore Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) scored his sixth of the season to give Brown a 2-0 lead. Senior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) nearly beat Leggio, but the Clarkson goalie was able to save it. Timberlake beat everyone to the rebound in front and batted it underneath Leggio for the 2-0 lead.

Clarkson made it a one-goal game just three minutes later when Shea Guthrie beat sophomore Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) on a wrap around from the right side of the net. Rosen saved the first attempt and thought he had covered the puck with his glove, but it squirted lose, and Guthrie was able to knock it in.

The Golden Knights held a slight, 6-4, advantage in shots during the middle period and tied the game at 2-2 with Chris D'Alvise scored during a four-on-four situation in the 16th minute. His initial shot was saved by Rosen, but the puck feel behind him in the blue paint and D'Alvise got to it before Rosen could cover it.

Clarkson earned a 3-2 lead at 6:09 of the third, scoring its third straight goal. Matt Beca fired a shot on Rosen, who left a huge rebound out in the slot that Steve Zalewski buried on the power play to give the visitors their first lead of the night.

Brown outshot the Golden Knights, 13-5, for the period, getting rewarded with Volpatti's tying goal. After a face-off win by McMonagle in the Bears' defensive end, senior Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) chipped the puck up to junior Sean Muncy (Chesterfield, MO). Muncy lifted the puck into the neutral zone and Volpatti was just able to get around his defenseman, before breaking in alone and beating Leggio near-side.

The Bears had chances to win early in the extra period, but Leggio stopped back-to-back shots by sophomore Jordan Pietrus (Vermillion, ALB) and Muncy to keep the score tied.

At the other end of the ice, Rosen made a save on an attempt by Grant Clitsome, covering the puck, which set up a face-off to his right. Nick Dodge won the draw back to Adam Bellows, who dished to Cayer on his left. Cayer beat Rosen over his left shoulder, clearing the Clarkson bench.

Rosen finished with 30 saves, posting his 12th game this season with at least 30 saves. Leggio made 26 saves for the Golden Knights. The Bears return to action tomorrow evening when they host St. Lawrence at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (401) 863-2773.

#11 CLARKSON 1 1 1 1 - 4
BROWN 2 0 1 0 - 3

First period - B, Volpatti (McMonagle, Robertson), 9:05; B, Timberlake (Prough, Slais), 10:36; C, Guthrie (Clitsome, Freeman), 13:25. Penalties - C, 0-0; B, 2-4.
Second period - C, D'Alvise (Guthrie), 4x4, 15:10. Penalties - C, 2-4; B, 1-2.
Third Period - C, Zalewski (Becca, Clitsome), PP, 6:09; B, Volpatti (Hurley, Muncy), 15:05. Penalties - C, 0-0; B, 1-2.
Overtime - C, Cayer (Dodge, Bellows), 4:12.3. Penalties - C, 0-0; B, 0-0.

Saves
C, David Leggio (64:12), 8-4-12-2 - 26; B, Dan Rosen (64:12), 17-5-4-4 - 30.