ST. CLOUD, MN - Trailing, 2-0, midway through the second period, junior Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) and sophomore Jarred Smith (Pepper Pike, OH) tied the game at 2-2 with a pair of goals 46 seconds apart, but St. Cloud State (10-7-3) would go on to earn a 5-3 victory over the Brown men's hockey team (5-9-1) on Sunday evening at the National Hockey Center.
The two teams were even for the most part through the majority of the first period, with St. Cloud holding a 10-8 advantage in shots. However, special teams were the difference, as the Huskies killed both of Brown's first-period power play chances and then took a 1-0 lead on their only man advantage of the frame. With time winding down on St. Cloud's only power play of the frame, Ben Hanowski hit Dave Eddy with a centering feed and Eddy one-timed a shot from point-blank range that beat sophomore Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) stick side at 17:40.
Brown spent all but 32 seconds of the opening 5:42 of the second period on the penalty kill, including a 50-second two-man advantage for the Huskies. The Bears killed off all 5:10, but St. Cloud extended its lead to 2-0 just one second after the final penalty expired when Ryan Lasch beat Clemente from the slot for his 10th goal of the year at 5:43.
The Bears tied things up with a pair of goals 46 seconds apart in the 14th minute of play. Fratkin got Brown on the board with a power play marker at 13:12, snapping a scoreless stretch on the man-advantage lasting parts of six games. Brown was kept off the board in its last 17 power play chances dating back to a second-period power play goal at Harvard on December 1st and including its first two chances in tonight's game.
After Dan Dunn made stops on back-to-back attempts by seniors Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) and Sean McMonagle (Oakville, ONT), the Huskies goalie attempted to clear the puck from behind his net. However, he fell onto the ice, leaving the net empty. Fratkin intercepted the puck just inside the zone, took a few strides towards the net and fired it into the open net to make it a one-goal game.
Smith tied the game at 2-2 with his third of the year at 13:58. Senior Jordan Pietrus (Winnipeg, MAN) won a faceoff to Dunn's right back to junior Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB) at the left point. Russell sent the puck to Smith at the bottom of the left circle and he lifted the puck over Dunn's left leg and into the far side of the net, tying the score at 2-2.
Following the goal, Brown was whistled for two more penalties in a span of 2:48 and Garrett Raboin added another power play tally for the Huskies with 19 seconds remaining on the second power play to give St. Cloud a 3-2 lead heading into the final period.
Drew LeBlanc, who assisted the Huskies' second and third goals, increased St. Cloud's lead to 4-2 at 12:13 of the third, when he added another power play goal for the home team.
Head Coach Brendan Whittet pulled Clemente from the net with 2:18 remaining in favor of the extra attacker and just five seconds later, senior Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) made it a 4-3 game with his second of the year. Sophomore Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) fired a shot from the right point through traffic in front and Timberlake tipped it past Dunn at 17:47.
Clemente was exchanged for the extra attacker again with 1:18, but this time, St. Cloud's Ben Hanowski scored an empty-net goal at 18:56 for the 5-3 final.
Clemente stopped 30 shots for the Bears, while Dunn made 22 saves for the Huskies. Now finished with the non-league portion of their schedule, Brown continues action next Friday, January 8th, with a 7:00 p.m. ECAC and Ivy League game at Dartmouth.
ST. CLOUD STATE 1 2 2 x - 5
First Period - S, Eddy (Hanowski, Festler), PP,
17:40. Penalties - B, 3-6; S, 3-6.
Second Period - S, Lasch (Hanowski, LeBlanc), 5:43; B, Fratkin, PP, 13:12; B, Smith (Russell, Pietrus), 13:58, S Raboin (Roe, LeBlanc), PP, 19:10. Penalties - B, 4-8; S, 2-4.
Third Period - S, LeBlanc (Mosey, Raboin), PP, 12:13; B, Timberlake (Buvinow, Pietrus), EA, 17:47; S, Hanowski (Gaudet), EN, 18:56. Penalties - B, 3-6; S, 3-6.
B, Mike Clemente (59:04) - 9-13-8-x - 30; S, Dan Dunn (59:59) - 8-4-10-x - 22.