Nov. 10, 2007
PROVIDENCE, RI - Cornell (3-2-0, 3-1-0) scored three straight power-play goals and added an empty-netter to erase a 1-0 deficit and hand the Brown men's ice hockey team (1-2-2, 1-1-2) its first ECAC Hockey loss of the season on Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
The two teams played a scoreless first period with Brown holding a 9-4 advantage in shots, despite having to kill off two penalties.
The Big Red opened the second period, playing more aggressively and took their first penalty of the game 6:24 into the period. The Bears used just nine seconds of the power-play to grab a 1-0 lead when junior Ryan Garbutt (Winnipeg, MAN) took a shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle that bounced in off Ben Scrivens' stick and trickled over the goal line. Sophomore Sean McMonagle (Oakville, ONT) and senior Chris Poli (Medfield, MA) each assisted on the goal.
The Bears took back-to-back penalties at the midway point of the period. They killed the first one, thanks in part to Riley Nash hitting the post and then sophomore Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) making a sliding save on Evan Barlow's back-door bid. However, Brown was unable to stop the Big Red on their fourth man-advantage as they tied the score at 1-1 at 12:25 on Topher Scott's second goal of the year.
Cornell grabbed a 2-1 lead with 24 seconds remaining in the period when Colin Greening's shot from the slot went top-shelf with the Big Red enjoying a four-on-three advantage.
Brown nearly tied the game 1:15 into the third period when junior Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) got around the Cornell defense and had just Scrivens to beat, but Scrivens poke-checked the puck off Vokes' stick to hold the 2-1 advantage for the Big Red.
Cornell put the game away, scoring on the power-play for the third time at 16:16 of the third and with just three seconds remaining on the man-advantage. Riley Nash picked up a lose puck in the neutral zone, worked around the Brown defense, and stuffed the puck past Rosen, stick-side.
Brown pulled Rosen with 2:29 remaining and Colin Greening added an empty-net goal, chipping the puck off the glass from behind the Cornell blue-line and into the open net with 1:44 remaining for the 4-1 final.
Rosen finished with 17 saves, while Scrivens made 30 saves for Cornell, including 14 in the third period, as Brown outshot the Big Red, 31-21. The Bears return to action next weekend when they travel to the North Country to face St. Lawrence and Clarkson. The two-game ECAC Hockey set kicks off an eight-game stretch where the Bears will play all eight games on the road. Brown returns home to Meehan January 5th when it hosts Yale at 7:00 p.m.
BROWN 0 1 0 x - 1
CORNELL 0 2 2 x - 4
First period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 2-4; C, 0-0.
Second period - B, Garbutt (McMonagle, Poli), PP, 6:33; C, Scott (Sawada, Devin), PP, 12:25; C, Greening (Devin, Krueger), 4x3, 19:36. Penalties - B, 4-8; C, 2-4.
Third Period - C, R. Nash, PP, 16:16; C, Greening (Nash), EN, 18:16. Penalties - B, 3-17; C, 2-4.
C, Scrivens (60:00), 9-7-14-x - 30; B, Rosen (59:16), 4-9-4-x - 17.