Jan. 24, 2004
LOWELL, MA - The Brown men's ice hockey team (11-5-4) defeated UMass-Lowell (12-11-3), 3-2, in a non-conference game Saturday evening at Lowell's Tsongas Arena, in the Bears final non-league game of the season.
Just 5:06 into the game, the Bears took a 1-0 lead after Brown's third line came out with a strong shift, applying relentless pressure on the UMass-Lowell net. After an initial shot by senior Pascal Denis (Magog, QUE) went wide, the puck bounced back into the slot off the boards to junior Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ). The Bears' leading even-strength goal scorer, Swon fired a shot at Lowell's Christopher Davidson and kept poking at the puck, until it finally went in for his seventh goal of the year, giving Brown a 1-0 lead.
Slightly more than 10 minutes later, at 15:09, senior Nick Ringstad (Fairbanks, AK) picked up the rebound of a shot by freshman leading scorer Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) and buried the puck into the net with Davidson out of position.
However, just 3:06 later, UMass-Lowell got on the board, cutting into Brown's lead at 18:15 of the first period. Elias Godoy won the face-off at the left face-off circle back to Mark Pandolfo and he one-timed the puck past senior Hobey Baker candidate Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE), beating him five-hole.
The River Hawks dominated the first half of the second period, out-shooting Brown 7-3 in the first 9:45 of the period. With 5:51 remaining in the period, after out-shooting the Bears 10-4 during the first 14:09 of the stanza, UMass-Lowell knotted the contest at 2-2.
The Bears had their best chance of the period with 2:30 remaining after a UMass-Lowell misplay that sent Swon and sophomore Cory Caouette (Spruce Grove, ALB) in on Davidson with a two-on-none break. But, Davidson saved Swon's shot and then pounced on the rebound attempt by Caouette to keep the game tied at 2-2.
Less than a minute into the final period and with 17 seconds remaining on a UMass-Lowell power-play Swon had a break-away on Davidson and with the junior goalie beat, Swon's short-handed bid hit the post.
With 7:44 remaining in the game, Swon send a feed from behind the net to Caouette, who was all along in the slot. Caouette took his time to settle the puck, and after Davidson went down, Caouette slipped the puck over him as Brown regained the one-goal advantage at 12;16 of the third period.
The River Hawks pulled Davidson with 1:00 remaining, but the Bears shutdown Lowell for the final 3-2.
Danis made 27 saves for the Bears, who resume ECAC action next Saturday, January 31, hosting Harvard in a crucial contest at 4:00 p.m. at Meehan Auditorium.
BROWN 2 0 1 x - 3
LOWELL 1 1 0 x - 2
Second period - UML, Danny O"Brien (unassisted), 14:09.
Penalties - BR, 2-4; UML, 1-2.
BR, Yann Danis, 9-10-8-x - 27 (60:00);
UML,Christopher Davidson, 8-7-6-x - 21 (59:00)
Records -BR, 11-5-4 (9-3-1 ECAC); UML, 12-11-3 (7-4-1 HE)
BR, 0-2; UML, 0-3.