Dec. 8, 2007
PROVIDENCE, RI - Sean Backman scored the winning goal, with Yale on a two-man advantage at 19:03 of the third period to lift the Bulldogs (4-3-3, 3-2-3) to a 2-1 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (1-7-3, 1-3-3) on Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. Junior Mark Sibbald (Ridgeway, ONT) made a career-high 38 saves in the game, while sophomore Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) scored his second of the season.
Looking to snap a six-game skid, during which the Bears went 0-5-1, they came out with a sense of urgency and dominated the first 15 minutes of the game, holding the advantage in shots and generating two quality scoring chances, including one 5:40 into the game when senior Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) hit the post with a shot from the point.
The Bears had back-to-back power play chances early in the second period and had several close chances on an extended five-on-three, but Yale's Billy Blase was up to the task, stopping all five shots he saw during the man-advantage for the Bears.
Timberlake gave Brown a 1-0 lead just six seconds after the second power play ended, scoring from the top of the crease just before the net was knocked off. Senior Paul Baier (North Kingstown, RI) started the play with a pass to Timberlake from behind Brown's blueline. Timberlake got the puck behind the Yale defenseman to sophomore Jordan Pietrus (Vermilion, ALB) on the right wing. Timberlake and sophomore Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) both headed towards the net and Pietrus fed the puck across the slot, before Timberlake knocked it in.
However, just three minutes later, Yale tied the game at 1-1 when Mark Arcobello beat Sibbald on a shot from the center of the blueline with the Bulldogs enjoying a power play of their own.
Yale outshot the Bears, 8-2 during the first 18 minutes of the third period and then went up on their fourth power play with 2:05 remaining. Just 20 seconds later, they earned a five-on-three, and Sean Backman netted the game-winner with just 56.7 seconds remaining.
Sibbald finished with a career-high 38 saves, while Blase made 21 saves for Yale. Brown now takes a three-week break for exams and the holidays and will return to action on December 29th when the Bears face Ferris State in first-round action of the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic, which Brown won in 2004.
BROWN 0 1 0 x - 1
YALE 0 1 1 x - 2
First period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 1-2; Y, 1-2.
Second period - B, Timberlake (Pietrus, Baier), 7:36; Y, Arcobello (Backman, Engasser), PP, 10:21. Penalties - B, 1-2; Y, 2-4.
Third Period - Y, Backman (Cahill, Dignard), 5x3, 19:03. Penalties - B, 5-10; Y, 3-6.
B, Mark Sibbald (59:19), 10-18-10-x - 38; Y, Billy Blase (60:00), 9-10-2-x - 21.