Sibbald's Career-High 52 Saves Not Enough as Bears Fall to Princeton, 6-2

Jan. 12, 2008

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - First-place Princeton (10-8-0, 8-4-0) scored three second-period goals in a span of 3:06 to open up 2-1 game and earn a 6-2 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (1-11-4, 1-6-3) on Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium. Junior Mark Sibbald (Ridgeway, ONT) had a career-high 52 saves, but it wasn't enough as the Bears were outshot, 58-25 for the night.

The Bears came out dominating the first several minutes of play, but it was Princeton that would score the first goal as Brett Wilson's pass from behind the Brown net found a wide open Mike Kramer and Kramer zipped a shot past Sibbald just 3:23 in for the 1-0 Princeton lead.

Wilson then increased the Tigers' lead to 2-0 at 12:14 when, all alone at the top of the right face-off circle, he picked up the rebound of a shot by Kramer and knocked it into the partially open net.

The Bears were not without chances in the period, outshooting Princeton, 16-14. Sophomore Sean McMonagle (Oakville, ONT) nearly scored to tie the game at 1-1, but his shot from just in front of the net clanged off the crossbar. Then with time ticking off the clock, with Brown on a five-on-three power play, and with Princeton goalie Zane Kalemba playing without his stick, the Bears were able to get shots off, but couldn't find the net.

Brown opened the second period with 12 seconds remaining on the five-on-three advantage. The Bears won the opening face-off, and senior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) found senior Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) to his right, behind the Brown blueline. Hurley passed back over to Prough, who sent a long pass up to senior Chris Poli (Medfield, MA). With just one second left on the two-man advantage, Poli beat Kalemba from the top of the left face-off circle to the far corner of the net to bring Brown to within one just 11 seconds into the period.

However, the Tigers closed the period with three straight goals in a span of 3:06, including their fourth and fifth goals just nine seconds apart to grab a 5-1 lead heading into the third period.

Freshman David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ) scored his second goal of the weekend 5:05 into the third period, knocking in the rebound of a shot from sophomore Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC), who earned a point for the third straight game. Prough also had an assist on the goal and now needs just one more to record the 50th of his career.

Again, Princeton answered as Kramer scored his second of the game just 1:09 later to account for the 6-2 final.

Sibbald finished with a career-high 52 saves, including 22 in the second period, while Kalemba made 23 stops for the Tigers. Now winless in their last 11 games (0-9-2), the Bears close out their four-game home stand, the longest stretch of home games this season, next Sunday when they host Merrimack in a 4:00 p.m. non-league contest. The game is the final non-league game of the season, as Brown closes out the year with 12 straight ECAC Hockey contests, split evenly between home and away sites.

PRINCETON 2 3 1 x - 6
BROWN 0 1 1 x - 2

First period - P, Kramer (Wilson), 3:23; P, Wilson (Jubinville, Kramer), 12:14. Penalties - P, 3-6; B, 1-2.
Second period - B, Poli (Prough, Hurley), PP, 0:11; P, Wilson (Ritchie), PP, 10:19; P, Kaiser (Kushniruk, Pederson), 13:16; P, MacIntyre (Magnowski, Bartlett), 13:25. Penalties - P, 1-2; B, 3-6.
Third Period - B, Brownschidle (Timberlake, Prough), 5:05; P, Kramer (Jubinville, Wilson), 6:14. Penalties - P, 2-4; B, 3-6.

Saves
P, Zane Kalemba (60:00), 16-3-4-x - 23; B, Mark Sibbald (60:00), 12-22-18-x - 52.