January 2, 2004

Brown Men's Ice Hockey Defeats RPI, 1-0

Jan. 2, 2004

TROY, NY - The Brown men's ice hockey team (7-3-3, 7-2-1) resumed ECAC competition on Friday, January 2, and squeaked out a 1-0 win over RPI (8-8-2, 3-3-1) at Rensselaer's Houston Fieldhouse. It was Brown's first victory in Houston Fieldhouse since a 4-1 win in 1996.

After a scoreless first period, during which the Bears killed three RPI power-play chances, Brown opened the second stanza with 1:29 remaining on the Engineers' fourth power-play of the night, which Bruno also successfully killed.

The second period was more of the same, but this time it was the Bears who had the advantage in power-play opportunities (3-0), all three of which RPI killed off, which included a 4x3 chance for Brown which lasted 52 seconds.

The Bears took three penalties in the first eight minutes of the third period, including back-to-back offenses less than a minute apart for a 5x3 power-play for Rensselaer. After Brown had successfully killed those three penalties, RPI took back-to-back penalties with under 10 minutes left in the game.

Senior Nick Ringstad (Fairbanks, AK) finally solved the Engineers' Nathan Marsters at 13:16 of the third period, with 52 seconds remaining on the Brown extra-man advantage. Freshman leading scorer Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) sent the puck along the left boards to junior Les Haggett (Norwood, NY), who was in the left corner. Haggett hit a streaking Rindstad with a centering pass and he one-timed it in for his fourth goal of the year.

Rensselaer pulled Marsters with 58.6 seconds remaining in the game, but could not get past senior Hobey Baker Candidate Yann Danis (Saint Jermone, QUE) with the extra-attacker, as Brown held on for the 1-0 win.

Danis stopped 30 shots for the Bears, while picking up his fourth shutout of the season and 12th of his career. Brown will face Union, tomorrow night, Saturday, January 3, in a 7:00 p.m. contest at Achilles Rink.

BROWN 0 0 1 x - 1
RPI 0 0 0 x - 0

First period - No Scoring. Penalties - BR, 4-8; RPI, 1-2.

Second period - No Scoring. Penalties - BR, 2-4; RPI, 5-10.

Third period - BR (PPG), Nick Ringstad (Les Haggett, Brian Ihnacak), 13:16.
Penalties - BR, 4-8; RPI, 2-4.
Saves
BR, Yann Danis, 11-7-12-x - 30 (60:00);
RPI, Nathan Marsters, 8-5-3-x - 16 (59:01).

Records - BR, 7-3-3 (7-2-1), RPI 8-8-2, (3-3-1).

Power-Play
BR, 1-6; RPI, 0-8.

Attendance - 2,861 (Houston Fieldhouse).