Nov. 5, 2005
Providence, RI- In a see-saw battle at Meehan Auditorium this evening the Brown men's ice hockey team (0-2-0, 0-2-0) fell to the #4 Cornell Big Red (3-1-0, 2-0-0) in overtime, 3-2. Just 3:20 into the extra period Cornell's Mitch Carefoot netted the game winner.
After a physical first period in which eight penalties were called, the Big Red and Bears skated to a 1-1 tie. Cornell broke on the scoreboard first, scoring a power play goal 0:44 into the game for the early lead. Brown's Pete LeCain was whistled for hooking giving Cornell the man advantage. Cornell's Byron Bitz rifled a shot that was deflected by Matt Moulson to give the Big Red the early one goal lead.
Brown struck six minutes later, when senior Jarrett Robertson (Kingston, ONT) netted a short handed goal with 6:43 to go in the opening stanza. Robertson intercepted a clear at the blueline and skated in for a one on one with Cornell goaltender David McKee. Robertson skated across the goal mouth moving McKee to the left and fired a shot to the opposite top shelf corner, knotting the score at one.
Cornell controlled the flow of the game in the second period out shooting the Bears 16-4, having ten of the 16 come off power play opportunities. Sophomore Adam D'Alba (Glencoe, IL) stood strong between the posts for Brown stopping all 16 shots that came his way.
The Big Red nearly to a 2-1 lead at 10:53 mark, but the goal was called back after the referees agreed the puck did not go in, but instead hit the post. With under five minutes remaining in the period freshman Eric Slais (Fenton, MO) picked up a free puck at center ice and skated into the Big Red zone. Slais fed the puck to LeCain, who was stride for stride with a Cornell defender, but tipped the puck just wide keeping the score tied at one.
Cornell could not convert two late power play opportunities as the Bear defense and D'Alba held the powerful Big Red offense in the last two minutes to keep the score tied going into the second break.
Cornell found the back of the net at the 16:00 mark in the third, when Cam Abbott found Topher Scott wide open in the slot, and Scott fired it past D'Alba for the one goal lead. As the Bears pressured the Big Red defense looking for the equalizer, sophomore Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) took the puck from just outside the face-off circle, to the right of McKee and fired a hard wrist shot that knocked off the post with 7:40 to go in the final period. The Bears' Adam Tichauer (Toronto, ONT) took the puck from behind the net and passed it to Brian Ihnacak who fed a cross ice pass to Prough. Prough took the puck and as he was falling backwards, shot it top shelf, tying the score at two with 7:24 to go in the game. Brown threatened later on in the period when senior Paul Crosty (Edmonton, ALB) fired a hard slap shot at the point, which was tipped just wide by sophomore Antonin Roux (Danville, QUE), leaving the scored tied at two and sending the game into over time.
Cornell netted the winning goal 3:20 into the extra period when Mitch Carefoot tipped a shot by Abbott past a screened D'Alba for the win. D'Alba finished with 34 saves in the loss.
After the game Brown head coach Roger Grillo said, "there wasn't a guy out there tonight that didn't play his heart out. It's a shame we didn't come away with at least a point."
#4 Cornell 1 0 1 1 -3
Brown 1 0 1 0 -2
First Period: C: Moulson (O'Bryne, Bitz) 0:43. B: Robertson (Unassisted) 6:43. Penalties: C: 3; B: 5.
Second Period: None. Penalties: C: 4; B: 6.
Third Period: C: Scott (Abbott) 4:00. B: Prough (Ihnacak, Tichauer) 12:36. Penalties: C: 3; B: 2.
Overtime: C: Carefoot (Abbott, Krantz) 3:20. Penalties: C: 0; B: 1.
C: McKee: 7 4 7 1 -19
B: D'Alba: 8 16 9 1 -34