Feb. 23, 2002
PROVIDENCE, RI - In a battle for fifth place in the ECAC, the Bears (14-11-2, 10-8-2) defeated visiting RPI, 2-1, while picking up their sixth straight win and moving into fifth place in the ECAC, just one point out of second.
After a scoreless first period, sophomore leading scorer Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE) scored his seventh of the season, giving Brown a 1-0 lead at 6:49 of the second period. Juniors Keith Kirley (Leverett, MA) and Owen Walter (Prince Albert, SASK) each earned assists on the goal.
Brown held onto that lead for nearly the rest of the game and took a 2-0 lead with less than ten minutes remaining as junior Tye Korbl (Goffstown, NH) scored what proved the be the game winner at 10:39. Sophomore Adam Saunders (Moose Jaw, SASK) and junior Chris Legg (London, ONT) each earned assists as the Bears looked as if they would get a 2-0 shutout for the third time in four games.
However, at 16:14, RPI's Matt Murley ended the shutout bid, getting RPI on the board with a four-on-four goal.
The Engineers pulled their keeper with one minute to go, but could not get past sophomore Yann Danis (Lafontaine, QUE) in the final minutes.
With the win, the Bears assure themselves a winning season for the first time since 1995 and have clinched a playoff spot for the 2002 ECAC Men's Ice Hockey Tournament for the first time since 1997-1998, head coach Roger Grillo's first season.
For the game, Danis finished with 34 saves. The Bears will travel to Princeton and Yale for their final regular season weekend of play as they hope to clinch home ice for the first round of the playoffs. Both games begin at 7:00