Bears Narrowly Fall to #6 Cornell, 5-3
ITHACA, NY - Freshman Chris
Zaires' (Aberdeen, NJ) seventh goal of the year brought
the Brown men's hockey team (7-14-3, 5-9-3) to within 4-3 midway
through the third period and the Bears had chances to force
overtime late in the game, but #6 Cornell (14-6-3, 11-3-2) was able
to hold on for a 5-3 victory Friday evening at Lynah Rink.
The Bears came out flying against the Big Red and had the better of the play in the opening five minutes, while outshooting Cornell, 5-2. After a period of sustained offensive pressure by the line of junior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) and sophomores Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) and Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA), Cornell gained control of the puck and caught the Bears in a line change to grab a 1-0 lead. Colin Greening collected the puck in the slot from Riley Nash and deflected it past sophomore Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) on Cornell's third shot of the period at 7:52.
The Bears had a chance to tie it with 7:04 left in the period when Zolnierczyk raced into the zone and had just goalie Ben Scrivens to beat, but his shot from the right side clanged off the near post.
Just 1:10 later, Cornell took a 2-0 lead when Joe Devin received the puck from Nick D'Agostino in the slot and backhanded a low shot past Clemente, stick-side.
Trailing, 2-0, to start the second period, junior David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ) made it a one-goal game just 1:35 after the intermission when he batted the puck past Scrivens after a scrum in front. Junior Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) and freshman Richie Crowley (Canton, MA) both assisted on the goal, Brownschidle's first of the year.
However, Tyler Roeszler regained the two-goal advantage for
Cornell just 2:03 later when he beat Clemente with a low shot to
the right side from between the two face-off circles.
Farnham had a great chance to again bring Brown to within one goal with about eight minutes left in the second period. After blocking a Cornell pass just inside the Bears' defensive blueline, Farnham freed himself and skated in on a semi-breakaway. He was able to get in behind his defenseman, but could not get enough on his backhanded attempt from the right side and Scrivens was able to kick the puck away.
The Bears went up on a power play with 4:40 left in the perid and then 26 seconds later another Cornell penalty gave Brown a two-man advantage for 1:35. Just 16 seconds into the five-on-three, senior Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) brought Brown to within 3-2 with his 10th goal of the year. With the goal, Volpatti is the first member of the team to reach double digits in goals and is the third player to hit the 20-point mark, joining Zolnierczyk and Maclellan.
After a face-off win by Zolnierczyk, sophomore Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) started the scoring play with a pass to Volpatti from the left face-off circle. Volpatti immediately moved the puck over to Maclellan on his right, who overlapped with Volpatti and then passed back to the senior captain, now at the right faceoff circle. Volpatti unleashed a one-timer that beat Scrivens near side for the Bears' second goal of the night at 16:02.
Senior Sean McMonagle (Oakville, ONT) nearly tied the score at 3-3 just 20 seconds into the third period when he skated in around two Cornell defenders and fired a quick shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle, only to be denied by the near post, as the Bears hit their second pipe of the night.
Brown, which had killed three straight Cornell penalties, conceded a power play goal to the Big Red at 6:58 of the third when Greening knocked the puck past Clemente after a scrum in front, giving Cornell a 4-2 lead.
The Bears answered with a power play goal of their own 3:28 later when Zaires beat Scrivens to the left with a low shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. Buvinow earned his second assist of the night on the goal and is now one point shy of reaching the 20-point plateau.
Brown pulled Clemente in favor of the extra attacker with 1:06 remaining and were able to get one shot off in the final 20 seconds, which Scrivens saved. With time winding down, Buvinow attempted a shot from the point, which was blocked by Patrick Kennedy. Kennedy flicked the puck out of the zone to Blake Gallagher, who walked the puck into the vacated Brown net with .7 seconds remaining.
Clemente finished with 33 saves, while Scrivens stopped 24 for Cornell. The Bears return to action tomorrow evening when they face Colgate in a 7:00 p.m. contest at Starr Rink.
#6 CORNELL 2 1 2 x - 5
First Period - C, Greening (R. Nash, Kennedy),
7:52; C, J. Devin (D'Agostino, Esposito), 13:46. Penalties - B,
1-2; C, 2-4.
Second Period - B, Brownschidle (Fratkin, Crowley), 1:35; C, Roeszler (Axell, Miller), 3:38; B, Volpatti (Maclellan, Buvinow), 5x3, 16:02. Penalties - B, 1-2; C, 2-4.
Third Period - C, Greening (B. Nash, R. Nash), PP, 6:58; B, Zaires (Buvinow, Senecal), 10:26; C, Gallagher (Kennedy), EN, 19:59. Penalties - B, 2-4; C, 2-4.
B, Mike Clemente (58:55) - 9-10-14-x - 33; C, Ben Scrivens (60:00) - 9-9-6-x - 24.
Pictured: Jeff Buvinow ’12. (Photo by DSPics.com)