Feb. 29, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - In a battle of two of the three teams tied for ninth in ECAC Hockey, Rensselaer (11-20-4, 6-12-3) erased a 1-0 deficit with two goals in the final 2:04, 31 seconds apart, to post a 2-1 victory over the Bears (5-19-4, 5-13-3) in ECAC Hockey action Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium. With Dartmouth, which also entered the weekend tied with Brown and RPI, losing to Cornell and St. Lawrence defeating Quinnipiac, the Bears are now tied for 11th with the Big Green with one game to go. They can still technically finish as high as ninth with a win tomorrow, but would lose the head-to-head tie-breaker with the Engineers and end up only as high as the 10th seed for the ECAC Tournament.
After playing through two scoreless periods, during which Brown doubled up RPI in shots, 24-12, the Bears finally broke through 58 seconds into the third period. Sophomore Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) broke into the zone on a partial breakaway and was taken down by Jeff Foss 36 seconds into the period, giving Brown its fifth power play of the night.
Just 22 seconds into the power play, junior Ryan Garbutt (Winnipeg, MAN) knocked in the rebound of a shot by Timberlake to give Brown a 1-0 lead. Senior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) also earned an assist on the goal for his fifth point in as many games.
The Bears held onto the lead until the 18th minute of the game when Peter Merth tied the contest at 17:56 with a slap shot from the right point that deflected into the net off sophomore Dan Rosen's (Syosset, NY) right leg pad. The goal came almost exactly two minutes after an RPI goal had been disallowed after it was ruled that the puck never crossed the goal line.
Brown had a chance to win it with a three-on-two rush after the ensuing face-off, but junior Eric Slais' (Fenton, MO) shot was high of the net and RPI raced back the other way with an odd-man rush of its own.
Scott Halpern lifted the Engineers to the victory when his soft shot from the slot deflected past Rosen off junior Matt Palmer's (Anchorage, AK) skate and into the net.
Rosen finished with 22 saves, while Lange made 32 stops for the Engineers. The Bears return home tomorrow evening to host Union in a 7:30 p.m. contest as the Bears will recognize the five members of the Class of 2008 following the game. Tickets are available by calling 401-863-2773.
RENSSELAER 0 0 2 x - 0 BROWN 0 0 1 x - 0
First period - No Scoring. Penalties - R, 2-4; B, 1-2. Second period - No Scoring. Penalties - R, 2-4; B, 2-4. Third Period - B, Garbutt (Timberlake, Prough), PP, 0:58; R, Merth (Angers-Goulet), 17:56; R, Halpern (Polacek, Merth), 18:27. Penalties - R, 1-2; B, 0-0.
Saves R, Mathias Lange (60:00), 7-17-8-x - 32; B, Dan Rosen (58:49), 6-6-10-x - 22.