Balanced Offense Powers Brown Hockey Past Yale, 6-0

Balanced Offense Powers Brown Hockey Past Yale, 6-0

Nov. 14, 2003

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown University men's ice hockey team (3-1-0, 3-1-0) received a balanced offense with 11 different players notching at least one point, five different goal scorers, and six different players with at least two points, en route to a 6-0 victory over Yale (1-4-0, 1-2-0) in Brown's 2003-2004 home opener, Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.

Senior Nick Ringstad (Anchorage, AK), who ended the night with two goals, opened the scoring early with his first goal of the season just 2:08 into the game. Junior Gerry Burke (Milton, MA) took a shot from the left point, and Ringstad was there to knck the rebound home and give Brown the 1-0 lead.

At 11:31 of the opening period, the Bulldogs were called for two penalties, resulting in a 5x3 opportunity for Brown. The Bears capitalized to increase their lead to 2-0 at 12:48 of the first with freshman Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) scoring his first career goal. After a flurry of Brown shots, Ihnacak netted the rebound of a Scott Ford (Fort St. John, BC0 shot to giving the Bears some breathing room and ending the period, in which Brown outshot Yale 25-13, with Bruno leading 2-0.

With just over five minutes remaining in the second period, junior Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ) collected the puck from sophomore Cory Caouette (Spruce Grove, ALB) and fired the puck past Yale freshman netminder Matt Modelski from between the face-off circles for a 3-0 Brown lead. Ringstad earned his second goal of the game at 18:11 of the third after a great rush by linemates sophomore Joe Bauer (Apple Valley, MN), who picked up his second assist of the night, and senior Shane Mudryk (Leduc, ALB).

Brown continued strong in the final period and added two more goals before the final whistle for the 6-0 result, marking the first time since 2000 that Brown has defeated an ECAC opponent by six or more goals and the first time since 1987 that Brown has defeated an Ivy League opponent by six or more goals.

This time, it was junior Les Haggett (Norwood, NY), who was playing in his first game of the season after recovering from an injury. With Brown on the power-play, Haggett fired a shot at Modelski, which was saved. Ihnacak wheeled behind the net and found Haggett, who lifted the puck into the open net, for a 5-0 lead at 5:10 of the final period. Caouette finished off the scoring for Brown at 9:34 of the third stanza for his second point of the game.

In net for Brown, senior Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE) posted his second straight shutout over Yale, and his school-record 10th career shutout, with 31 saves. Modelski made 33 saves for Yale. The Bears continue action on Saturday, November 15, when they host Princeton at 7:00 p.m.

YALE 0 0 0 x -- 0
BROWN 2 2 2 x -- 6

First period - B, Nick Ringstad (Gerry Burke, Joe Bauer), 2:08;
B (PPG), Brian Ihnacak (Scott Ford, Les Haggett), 12:48.
Penalties - B, 0-0; Y, 3-6.

Second period - B, Chris Swon (Cory Caouette, Vince Macri), 14:29;
B, Nick Ringstad (Joe Bauer, Shane Mudryk), 18:11.
Penalties - B, 3-6; Y, 1-2.

Third period - B (PPG), Les Haggett (Brian Ihnacak), 5:10;
B, Cory Caouette (Chris Swon, Paul Crosty), 9:34.
Penalties - B, 2-4; Y, 2-4.

BR, Yann Danis, 13-9-9 - 31 (60:00);
Y, Matt Modelski, 23-7-3 (60:00).

Records - BR, 3-1-0, 3-1-0; Y, 1-4-0, 1-2-0

BR, 2-4; Y, 0-3.

Attendance - 2233 (Meehan Auditorium).