Dec. 6, 2008
Providence, RI - RPI surged to a 4-1 first-period lead and then eventually stretched its advantage to 7-1 as the Engineers (3-11-1, 2-5-0) earned a 7-2 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (1-7-2, 1-4-2) on Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium. The win is the second straight over Brown for RPI, which has now gone 6-0-1 against the Bears in the previous seven games.
The Engineers grabbed a 1-0 lead 8:59 into the first when Patrick Cullen collected the puck off a face-off win by Chase Polacek to junior Dan Rosen's (Syosset, NY) right and fired a shot over Rosen's glove for the 1-0 lead.
Rensselaer extended its lead to 2-0 less than three minutes later when Paul Kerins was alone in front of the Brown net and redirected a centering feed from Andrei Uryadov through the five-hole at 11:54.
Brown answered just 42 seconds later when junior Devin Timberlake scored his third power-play goal of the weekend 25 seconds into the man-advantage. Freshman Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) passed the puck across the blueline to sophomore Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB), who fired a hard shot on goal. Timberlake was stationed right in front of the net at the top of the crease and redirected the puck over Mathias Lange's shoulder to bring the Bears to within one.
However, the Engineers regained the two-goal advantage 20 seconds later when Christian Jensen fired a shot from the left point that beat Rosen stick-side, as the puck found its way into the back of the net between Rosen's stick and the near post.
Cullen gave RPI a 4-1 lead heading into the first intermission when his shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle beat Rosen five-hole with the Engineers enjoying their second power-play of the night.
Senior Mark Sibbald (Ridgeway, ONT) replaced Rosen in net at the start of the second period, appearing in his first game of the season, and was challenged early, turning aside three shots during the opening five minutes of play.
However, midway through the period, RPI increased its lead to 5-1 when Kerins beat Sibbald with a low-shot. The Engineers then grabbed a 6-1 lead less than five minutes later when Matt Angers-Goulet tipped a shot from Jeff Foss past Sibbald at 14:57.
Following that goal, the Bears caught a pair of breaks, but could do nothing with them, as they headed into the final period trailing by five goals. The first came at 15:18 when John Kennedy was whistled for both cross-checking and unsportsmanlike conduct, setting up a full two-minute five-on-three advantage for the Bears, during which they able to muster just three shots. The second came at 18:07 when Joel Malchuck was whistled for a double minor, setting up a four-minute power-play for the Bears, which carried 2:07 over into the third period.
Brown failed to capitalize on the remaining man-advantage and RPI built its lead to 7-1 when Josh Rabbani picked up the puck off a Bears defensive zone turnover, fired it towards the net, and watched as it deflected off the skate of a Brown player and past Sibbald just 2:58 into the period.
The Bears got one back at 12:27 when senior Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) struck for another power-play goal, firing a shot from the top of the left face-off circle off assists from junior Sean McMonagle (Oakville, ONT) and Buvinow.
Rosen finished with six saves in the first period, while Sibbald stopped 16 of 19 shots over the final two periods. The Bears close out the first half of the season and their six-game homestand on Tuesday night when they host cross-town rival Providence College on Tuesday evening in the 23rd annual Mayor's Cup game.
RENSSELAER 4 2 1 x 7
BROWN 1 0 1 x 2
First Period - R, Cullen (Polacek), 8:59; R, Kerins (Uryadov, Rabbani), 11:54; B, Timberlake (Russell, Buvinow), PP, 12:36; R, Jensen (Brutlag, Polacek), 12:56; R, Cullen (Polacek), PP, 19:15. Penalties - R, 3-6; B, 2-4.
Second Period - R, Kerins (Uryadov, Rabbani), 10:29; R, M. Angers-Goulet (Foss, Klerer), 14:57. Penalties - R, 5-10; B, 1-2.
Third Period - R, Rabbani (unassisted), 2:58; B, Vokes (McMonagle, Buvinow), PP, 12:27. Penalties - R, 4-8; B, 1-2.