Nov. 20, 2004
DULUTH, MN - Freshman Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) scored the game-winning goal with one tenth of a second left in regulation to lift the Brown men's ice hockey team (2-4-1) to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over #7 Minnesota Duluth (6-4-2) in a non-league men's ice hockey contest Saturday evening at the DECC.
The Bulldogs were all over the Bears early in the game, outshooting Brown 6-2 during the first seven minutes of play. Duluth struck at 5:52 of the opening period when Todd Smith sent a rocket from the right point that snuck past freshman Adam D'Alba (Glencoe, IL) at the top right corner of the net.
Duluth continued to dominate the game during the second half, outshooting Brown 17-6 during the frame. D'Alba stopped all 17 shots he faced in the period, including a diving stick save with 1:14 left in the stanza and with the Bulldogs on the power-play.
Duluth opened the final period with 20 seconds remaining on a Brown penalty and had another power-play chance 5:05 into the frame. The Bulldogs added six more shots on net during this time, but Brown had two short-handed opportunities, both two-on-one breaks, but couldn't capitalize.
The first came when freshman Brian McNary (Edmonton, ALB) fed the puck to sophomore Sean Dersch (Edmonton, ALB) for what would have been a beautiful goal, but the referee ruled that the puck went in off of Dersch's leg. The second came when senior Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) fed the puck to senior Mike Meech (Coquitlam, BC), but Meech's shot went just wide.
It took nearly 8:00 for the Bears to register their first shot on net in the period, but they made their second one count when freshman Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) sent the puck in front of the net from behind the goal Sophomore Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) one-timed the puck top shelf to tie the game at 1-1 with 10:34 left in the game.
With time running out on the clock, and the face-off in Duluth's zone, the Bulldogs attempted to send a long pass to a wing, but Hurley intercepted the pass at center ice, skate in the zone and found Prough at the right face-off circle. Prough shot the puck top shelf and into the opposite corner, lifting everyone on the Brown bench to their feet.
D'Alba finished with a career-high 44 saves in his first career start. The Bears return to ECACHL action next weekend when they travel to the North Country to take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
BROWN 0 0 2 x - 2
#7 MINNESOTA DULUTH 1 0 0 x - 1
First period - UMD, Todd Smith (Evan Schwabe, Tim Hambly), 5:52.
Penalties - BR, 2-4; UMD, 2-4.
Second period - No Scoring.
Penalties - BR, 4-8; UMD, 2-4.
BR, Adam D'Alba, 15-17-12-x - 44 (60:00)
UMD, Issac Reichmuth, 6-6-8-x - 20 (60:00).
Records -BR, 2-4-1; UMD, 6-4-2.
BR, 0-4; UMD, 0-7.