Jan. 11, 2002
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Bulldogs (5-9-2, 5-4-2) scored three unanswered goals in the opening period, en route to a 5-2 victory over Brown (4-8-2, 3-6-2) in an ECAC and Ivy Men's Ice Hockey contest at Meehan Auditorium.
Yale took a 1-0 lead just 3:49 into the game when Vin Hellemeyer first the puck past senior Brian Eklund (Braintree, MA), who was making his first start since December 8.
However, Brown wasted no time in getting on the board, and sophomore Shane Mudryk (Leduc, ALB) received the puck from classmate Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE), and one-timed it into the net, knotting the game at 1-1 just 5:14 into the game. Junior Jason Wilson (LaSalle, ONT) gave Brown a 2-1 lead less than two minutes later when he scored his third goal of the season on a slap shot from the top of the face-off circle. Junior Tye Korbl (Goffstown, NH) won the face-off and Wilson sent the puck home for an early 2-1 lead.
However, from that point on, it was all Yale as the Bulldogs scored three unanswered goals to end the period and take a 4-2 lead into the first intermission. Nathan Murphy scored at 11:37, Hellemeyer tallied what proved to be the game-winner at 15:56, and Chris Higgins scored the fourth Yale goal at 17:45.
Sophomore Yann Danis (Lafontaine, QUE) started the second period for the Bears, and while he was able to hold the Bulldogs scoreless for the rest of the game, the Brown offense was unable to convert. Danis was pulled from the net at 18:37 for an extra Brown skater and Yale added an empty netter with just five seconds left in the game.
Eklund made 16 saves in 20:00, while Danis finished with 21 saves in 38:42. The Bears continue action tomorrow when they host Princeton, who defeated Harvard 2-1, in a 7:00 p.m. contest.
Yale 5, Brown 2
1 Y Vin Hellemeyer (Luke Earl, Chris Higgins) 3:49
1 B Shane Mudryk (Brent Robinson, Adam Saunders) 5:14
1 B Jason Wilson (Tye Korbl) 7:04
1 Y Nathan Murphy (Spencer Rodgers, Ryan Trowbridge) 11:37
1 Y Vin Hellemeyer (Chris Higgins) GWG 15:56
1 Y Chris Higgins (Luke Earl) 17:45
3 Y Chris Higgins (Luke Earl) ENG 19:55
Total Penalties Powerplays
Brown 5/10:00 Brown 0/3
Yale 5/10:00 Yale 0/3