Brown Skates Past Harvard, 4-0, In 2002-2003 Season-Opener

Brown Skates Past Harvard, 4-0, In 2002-2003 Season-Opener

Nov. 2, 2002

PROVIDENCE, RI - Four different players scored for the Bears, while junior Yann Danis (Saint-Jerome, QUE) posted 30 saves in picking up his fourth career shutout as Brown (1-0-0, 1-0-0) shutout Harvard (0-1-0, 0-1-0), 4-0, in the 2002-2003 season-opener for both teams. With his fourth career shutout, Danis also tied the Brown record for shutouts in a career.

Brown took a 1-0 lead at 8:25 of the first period when sophomore Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) scored on the Bears' first power-play opportunity of the night. Seniors Paul Esdale (Edmonton, ALB) and Keith Kirley (Leverett, MA) each earned assists on the goal, which would prove to be the game-winner. Less than five minutes later, Kirley assisted on a goal by Esdale, which gave Brown a 2-0 lead at 12:52 of the opening period.

The Bears continued to play tough and junior Scott Ford (Fort St. John, BC) tallied his first of the season at 11:37 of the second period to give Brown a 3-0 lead. Senior Chris Legg (London, ONT) notched an assist on the goal, while Danis stopped 12 shots as Brown was outshot 12-8 in that period.

Junior Pascal Denis (Magog, QUE) added an empty-netter for Brown with just 55 seconds remaining, sealing the 4-0 victory. Junior Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE) and sophomore Gerry Burke (Milton, MA) each tallied assists on the goal.

With the win, the Bears avenged last season's 2-1 double overtime loss to Harvard in the first round of the ECAC playoffs, and picked up their first home-opening win since 1997.

Danis stopped all 30 shots he faced in 60 minutes of action, while Dov Grumet-Morris made 20 saves for the Crimson.

Brown 4, Harvard 0
1 B Les Haggett (Keith Kirley, Paul Esdale) PPG 8:25
1 B Paul Esdale (Keith Kirley) 12:52
2 B Scott Ford (Chris Legg) 11:37
3 B Pascal Denis (Brent Robinson, Gerry Burke) ENG 19:05

Saves 1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
Dov Grumet-Morris, H 59:09 8 7 5 x 20
Yann Danis, B 60:00 9 12 9 x 30

Total Penalties Powerplays
Brown 4/8:00 Brown 1/2
Harvard 2/4:00 Harvard 0/4