February 28, 2009

#10 Cornell Comes Back From 2-0 Deficit to Earn 3-2 Win over Bears in Overtime

Feb. 28, 2009

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - Trailing, 2-0, early in the third period, #10 Cornell (18-7-4, 13-6-3) scored twice in the final 12 minutes of play to force overtime and then scored 2:13 into the extra session to earn a 3-2 win over the Brown men's ice hockey team (3-21-5, 3-15-4) on Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium.

The two teams played a relatively even first period, as both Cornell and Brown had a few key scoring chances and eight shots each. Both goalies, Bears' freshman Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) and Cornell junior Ben Scrivens stood tall in their respective nets to keep the game scoreless through the first 20 minutes.

The second period was playing out just like the first, as each team fired 10 shots on net. However, Brown put one past Scrivens in the 15th minute of the period when senior Ryan Garbutt (Winnipeg, MAN) connected for a power-play goal at 14:38.

Sophomore Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB) started the play behind Brown's net, skating the puck into the neutral zone and dumping in along the left side from just outside the blueline. Scrivens attempted to stop the puck behind his net, but it went all the way around the boards and up to senior Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) at the bottom of the right face-off circle. Vokes fired the puck back on net and it deflefted off Garbutt and past Scrivens into the upper left corner for his fifth goal of the year.

The Bears increased their lead to 2-0 3:43 into the third period when Garbutt knocked the puck in off his own rebound. Garbutt started the play by winning a face-off to Scrivens' right back to freshman Mike Wolff (Walpole, MA) at the left point. Wolff fired the puck back in and Garbutt batted it down, before taking his first shot.

Cornell cut its deficit in half at 8:51 when Patrick Kennedy scored six seconds after a Big Red power-play had expired. Both Jillson Locke and Mike Devin took shots prior to the goal, that Clemente saved, but he couldn't stop the third, ending his shutout bid, after making 27 saves.

The Big Red tied the game at 2-2 when Colin Greening scored on a power-play with 5:54 left in regulation. Clemente made the save on an initial attempt by Kennedy, but Greening was there to poke the rebound over the goal-line to knot the score at 2-2.

The Bears had a late power-play with 30 seconds left in the game, but could not find the game-winner as Brown headed for its second straight overtime contest. A penalty on the Bears just 33 seconds into overtime, gave the Big Red a power-play and Blake Gallagher lifted Cornell to the win at 2:13, scoring after a scramble in front of the Brown net, clearing the Big Red bench.

Clemente finished with 39 saves, as Brown was outshot, 24-8 over the final 22:13. Scrivens stopped 24 shots for Cornell. Following the conclusion of the game, Brown's seven seniors, Sean Muncy (Chesterfield, MO), Matt Palmer (Anchorage, AK), Mark Sibbald (Ridgeway, ONT), Eric Slais (Fenton, MO), Mike Stuart (Rome, NY), Garbutt, and Vokes, were recognized along with those parents in attendance.

Seeded 12th in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, Brown returns to action next weekend when it travels to fifth-seeded Harvard for the best-of-three First Round series. Action begins Friday night, March 6, and continues Saturday, March 7. Game three will be played on Sunday, March 8, if necessary. All games begin at 7:00 p.m.

#10 CORNELL 0 0 2 1 - 3
BROWN 0 1 1 0 - 2

First period - No Scoring. Penalties - C, 1-2; B, 2-4.
Second period - B, Vokes (Russell), PP, 14:38. Penalties - C, 3-6; B, 2-4.
Third Period - B, Garbutt (Wolff), 3:43; C, Kennedy (Locke, M. Devin); C, Greening (Kennedy), PP, 14:06. Penalties - C, 1-2; B, 2-4.
Overtime - C, Gallagher (Kennedy, Greening), PP, 2:13. C, 0-0; B, 1-2.

Saves
B, Mike Clemente (62:13), 8-10-20-1 - 39; C, Ben Scrivens (62:13), 8-9-7-x - 24.