PROVIDENCE, RI - Trailing, 2-0, to start the third period, Brown (7-15-4, 5-10-4) got a pair of goals in the final nine minutes of play to come back and earn a 2-2 tie with St. Lawrence (14-12-7, 8-7-5) on Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium. The tie marks the 18th straight year that the Bears have taken at least one point from the Saints and also keeps Brown alive in the hunt for home ice in the playoffs. With two games remaining, the Bears sit in a tie for ninth place with Princeton, one point behind eighth-place Harvard and two behind seventh-place Quinnipiac. Brown will face both Quinnipiac and Princeton next weekend on the road.
After sophomore Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) scored on a penalty shot to bring the Bears to within one, it was only fitting that a senior, Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC), would tie things up and force the extra period.
With sophomore Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) looking on from the bench and time winding down in regulation, Timberlake knocked in the rebound of a shot by Maclellan with 35 seconds left to tie the score at 2-2 and force overtime. Brown dominated the final five minutes of the game, outshooting St. Lawrence, 4-0, in overtime, but couldn't get another puck past Alex Petizian.
Things started slowly for the Bears, who had to kill three straight penalties in the opening 10:20 of the game, taking minors at 3:20, 6:01, and 8:20. Brown's aggressive penalty killing limited St. Lawrence's chances, as the Saints took just three shots in all. However, the penalties disrupted Brown's flow and St. Lawrence was able to capitalize, as Alex Curran gave the Saints a 1-0 lead 3:07 after the third penalty had expired at the 13:27 mark.
With Brown killing its fourth Saints' power play of the night midway through the second period, St. Lawrence was awarded a penalty shot after Kyle Flanagan was taken down on a partial breakaway. Flanagan skated in towards the net and attempted a shot to Clemente's left, but Clemente made the leg save to hold the score at 1-0.
With 1:04 left on Brown's second power play chance of the night late in the second, Mike McKenzie gave St. Lawrence a 2-0 lead, floating a short-handed shot past Clemente, stick-side, from the right point.
The Saints nearly made it 3-0 with about 11 minutes remaining in the game with a another short-handed breakaway, but Clemente made the leg-save on Curran's shot from the left side to keep the score at 2-0.
Maclellan nearly got the Bears on the board seconds later, but Alex Petizian made the save on his attempt from the slot to keep Brown off the board.
Maclellan put the Bears on the board with 8:35 remaining, connecting on a penalty shot. After getting interfered with on a breakaway, Maclellan skated in, deked Petezian, before beating him five-hole with a wrist-shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle.
With Brown still trailing by one and time winding down, head coach Brendan Whittet pulled Clemente in favor of the extra attacker at the 18:56 mark. Just 29 seconds later, Timberlake's fifth goal of the season tied things up and forced the overtime, giving Brown three points on the weekend.
Clemente finished with 26 saves, while Petizian stopped 32 for the Saints. The Bears return to action next weekend when they travel to Quinnipiac and Princeton for the final two games of the regular season.
BROWN 0 0 2 0 - 2
First Period - S, Curran (McKenzie, Vermeulen),
13:27. Penalties - S, 0-0; B, 3-6.
Second Period - S, McKenzie (Bogosian), SH, 17:17. Penalties - S, 2-4; B, 2-4.
Third Period - B, Maclellan (penalty shot), 11:25; B, Timberlake (Maclellan, Zolnierczyk), EA, 19:25. Penalties - S, 2-4; B, 2-12.
Overtime - No Scoring. Penalties - S, 0-0; B, 0-0.
B, Mike Clemente (64:42) - 8-8-10-0 - 26; S, Alex Petizian (65:00) - 4-10-14-4 - 32.
Pictured: Devin Timberlake ’10 (Photo by DSPics.com)