Feb. 22, 2002
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Bears scored two goals in the first eight minutes of the game and never looked back, en route to a 4-2 win over Union in a crucial ECAC contest on Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium. Brown improves to 13-11-2, 9-8-2 in the ECAC, while winning its fifth straight for the first time since 1994-1995, and Union falls to 12-11-6, 7-9-3 in the ECAC.
Sophomore Adam Saunders (Moose Jaw, SASK) gave Brown a 1-0 lead just 2:35 into the contest when he slid the puck through the legs of Brandon Snee. Junior Chris Legg's (London, ONT) pass from behind the net, found Saunders on the doorstep, who notched his eighth goal of the season.
Less than five minutes later, at 8:11 of the first, freshman Mike Meech (Coquitlam, BC) and sophomore Vince Macri (Durham, NH) combined on a give-and-go as they raced down the ice with a three-on-two. Macri sent the puck across the front of the net, and sophomore Shane Mudryk (Leduc, ALB) one-timed the puck into the open side of the net to give Brown a 2-0 lead heading into the middle period.
Union got on the board with a power-play goal at the 12:07 mark of the second, ending sophomore Yann Danis' (Lafontaine, QUE) scoreless streak at 152:54, over more than two games and dating back to the final 47 seconds of the Vermont game on February 9.
However, the Bears regained the two-goal lead at 7:59 of the third when freshman Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal. This time, Meech combined on a give-and-go with sophomore Pascal Denis (Magog, QUE) to get Swon the puck. With Snee out of position, Swon fired the puck behind the outstretched goalie, and into the back of the net, for his second game-winning goal of the season.
The Dutchmen pulled Snee with 2:08 remaining in the game, and scored their second goal with Snee looking on from the bench. However, junior Keith Kirley (Leverett, MA) added an empty netter with eight seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Bears. The goal was his third in as many games, while Meech earned an assist on the goal to finish with three points.
Danis finished with 24 saves for the Bears, who will face RPI tomorrow in a 7:00 p.m. contest. Currently in sixth place in the ECAC standings and just one point behind fifth-place RPI, tomorrow's game, the final regular season home game, has important implications as both teams race for both a spot in the playoffs and home ice for the first round games.