ST. CLOUD, MN - With the score, 2-1, in favor of St. Cloud State (9-7-3) at the start of the third period, the 19th-ranked Huskies exploded for three goals in the final 20 minutes to claim a 5-1 victory the Brown men's hockey team (5-8-1) on Saturday evening at the National Hockey Center. Sophomore Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) scored the lone goal for Brown, which saw its five-game winning streak come to an end.
The two teams played a relatively even first half of the opening period. However, St. Cloud came out with a bit more intensity after the first media timeout of the frame in the seventh minute and grabbed a 1-0 lead less then three minutes later. With sophomore Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) on the left post, Taylor Johnson fired a low shot from the right point that appeared to be heading wide f the net. However, David Eddy, in the slot, got his stick on it and redirected the puck past Clemente, stick-side, at 9:34.
The middle part of the period was marred by penalties, including a stretch of 1:22 that saw the two teams combine for three penalties with the Huskies taking two of them. Neither team could score on any of those advantages, but with 1:10 left in the period, St. Cloud went up on its third power play of the night. The Bears were seconds away from killing the penalty and escaping the period with just a one-goal deficit, but Jared Festler gave St. Cloud a 2-0 lead with 12 seconds left before intermission.
After killing two more penalties in the first 10 minutes of the second period, Brown cut St. Cloud's lead in half at 10:36 on a goal by Buvinow, who scored for the third straight game. After collecting the puck from senior Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC), Buvinow ripped a shot from the right point through traffic in front that beat Dan Dunn five-hole. Freshman Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) also assisted.
The Bears opened the third period with 1:48 remaining on a power play, but could not convert for the tying goal, as they remained behind, 2-1. St. Cloud then gained a 3-1 lead, scoring another power play goal at the 4:03 mark when Ben Hanowski lifted the puck into a partially open net from the left side of the crease.
Brown went up on its fifth power play of the night two minutes after the goal, but just 1:07 later, a scuffle after a Bears' shot saw St. Cloud's Nick Oslund get a double minor for roughing and senior Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) leave the game after a five-minute major and a game misconduct. The Bears held a four-on-three advantage for 53 seconds. St. Cloud then went up on a three-minute power play. However, just 45 seconds in, the Huskies took another penalty, as the two teams each sent out four players for the next two minutes, which was followed by the final 15 seconds of the five-minute Volpatti penalty.
Just before the Bears evened things up, Brown was short another player, as the referee has his arm up for a delayed penalty on Bruno. One second after freshman Jeffrey Ryan (Media, PA), who had served the Volpatti penalty, returned to the ice, St. Cloud went up, 4-1, on a goal by Garrett Roe at the 12:24 mark.
Craig Gaudet accounted for the game's final score with the Huskies' fifth of the game at 17:07.
Clemente stopped 30 shots for the Bears, while Dunn made 25 saves for the Huskies. The Bears will look to rebound tomorrow night when they face St. Cloud State in a 6:07 (CST) game to close out the two-game set and the non-league portion of Brown's schedule.
ST. CLOUD STATE 2 0 3 x - 5
First Period - S, Eddy (Johnson, Christian),
9:34; S, Festler (Mosey, Lasch), PP, 19:48. Penalties - B, 3-6; S,
Second Period - B, Buvinow (Zaires, Timberlake), 10:36. Penalties - B, 2-4; S, 1-2.
Third Period - S, Hanowski (Mosey, Lasch), PP, 4:03; S, Roe (Barta, Lasch), 12:24; S, Gaudet (Eddy, Barta), 17:07. Penalties - B, 4-19; S, 4-8.
B, Mike Clemente (60:00) - 15-10-5-x - 30; S, Dan Dunn (59:59) - 9-9-6-x - 24.