Feb. 16, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Sophomore Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) scored 3:53 into the game and the Bears never looked back en route to a 3-1 victory over St. Lawrence (10-16-4, 5-11-2) in ECAC Hockey action Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium. Sophomore Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) scored his first career goal, while senior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) recorded his 100th career point with an assist on Timberlake's goal to help lead Brown (4-17-4, 4-11-3).
The Bears again came out dominating the first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead just 3:53 into the contest when Timberlake scored his team-leading seventh goal of the year with Brown on its first power play chance of the night. Senior Chris Poli (Medfield, MA) carried the puck into the zone and passed to Prough at the left face-off circle. Prough got the puck to Timberlake on the doorstep and he knocked it past Justin Pesony for the quick lead. With the assist Prough earned his 100th career point, as he became the first Brown player since Les Haggett '05 to reach the milestone.
Brown increased its lead to 2-0, midway through the second period when Fratkin scored his first career goal. Junior Sean Muncy (Chesterfield, MO) carried the puck into the zone and held onto it along the half wall, while waiting for the Bears to change. As soon as his linemates joined him on the ice, he fired a shot on Pesony that was saved. However, the rebound bounced out to Fratkin at the top of the right face-off circle and he one-timed it past Pesony for his first career goal.
Sophomore Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC), who scored twice last night against Clarkson, gave the Bears a 3-0 lead, beating Pesony five-hole from the right face-off circle 4:52 into the final period.
The Bears were less than five minutes away from posting their first shutout of the season, which would also have been the first of sophomore Dan Rosen's (Syosset, NY) career, but Kevin DeVergilio scored a five-on-three power play goal for the Saints with 3:51 remaining, ruining the shutout bid for Rosen.
Brown's penalty-killing unit was perfect up until that goal, going 6-6 and finishing the game killing eight of nine St. Lawrence power play chances, including three five-on-three chances in addition to the one in which the Saints scored.
Rosen finished with 38 saves, including 15 in both the first and the third periods, while posting his 13th game this season with at least 30 saves. Pesony made 29 saves for the Saints. The Bears travel to Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend for their final road trip of the regular season. Friday night's game against the Big Green will be particularly important and the Bears are currently tied for 10th in ECAC Hockey with Dartmouth and Rensselaer.
ST. LAWRENCE 0 0 1 x - 1
BROWN 1 1 1 x - 3
First period - B, Timberlake (Prough, Poli), PP, 3:53. Penalties - S, 3-6; B, 4-8.
Second period - B, Fratkin (Muncy, Van der Linden), 10:32. Penalties - S, 1-2; B, 3-6.
Third Period - B, Volpatti (McMonagle, Van der Linden), 4:52; S, DeVergilio (McBride, McKenzie), 16:09. Penalties - S, 0-0; B, 3-6.
S, Justin Pesony (58:55), 13-13-3-x - 29; B, Dan Rosen (60:00), 15-8-15-x - 38.