January 27, 2006

Bears Upset Bid Falls Short in 4-3 Overtime Loss to #5 Cornell

Jan. 27, 2006

ITHACA, NY - Tyler Mugford scored the game-winning goal at 1:50 of overtime to lift #5 Cornell (14-4-2, 9-3-1) to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (3-12-5, 2-8-3) in an ECAC Hockey League and Ivy contest on Friday night at Lynah Rink. The loss was the Bears eighth overtime contest of the year, and sixth in the past eight games, as they tied the school record for overtime games in a season. It also marked the second overtime loss to the Big Red this season.

Cornell took a 1-0 lead just 4:30 into the game, scoring on its first power-play chance of the night. With junior Sean Dersch (Edmonton, ALB) in the penalty box for contact to the head/roughing, Matt Moulson knocked in the rebound of his own shot, after getting sophomore goalie Adam D'Alba (Glencoe, IL) to drop.

The remainder of the period featured back-and-forth action with each team generating scoring chances. The Bears had a golden opportunity with 5:03 left when they had 34 seconds of 5x3 action. However, Cornell won two face-offs during the 34 seconds to kill the 5x3 chance for the Bears, setting up 1:26 of 5x4 action.

With 25 seconds left on the power-play, senior Pete LeCain (Bridgewater, NS) knotted the game at 1-1 with his second goal of the year. Dersch passed the puck up ice to freshman Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) along the left wing. Vokes fired a shot that David McKee saved, but he couldn't contain the rebound. LeCain crashed the net and knocked the rebound in to tie the game at 1-1.

Brown took a 2-1 lead just 1:06 into the second period when freshman Eric Slais (Fenton, MO) scored his second goal of the year. Sophomore Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) stole the puck off a Cornell player in the neutral zone and skate in with Slais on a two-on-one break. Prough fed Slais to the right of McKee and Slais one-timed it into the back of the net for the 2-1 lead.

Brown grabbed a 3-1 lead at 6:50 of the third when Prough crashed the net after a shot from Slais. With the puck behind McKee, the red light never went on, but the referee signaled for a goal, silencing the Cornell crowd.

Just 22 seconds after the Brown goal, sophomore Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) was whistled for interference, setting up a Cornell power-play. The Big Red were in the Brown zone for the entire two minutes and just as Hurley was getting back on the ice, Sasha Pokulok brought the home team to within one, when he fired a shot from the left face-off circle that beat D'Alba just four seconds after the power-play had expired.

Cornell tied the game at 3-3 at 16:22 of the second and with just five seconds left on another Brown power-play. Mitch Carefoot was planted on the right post and redirected the puck past D'Alba off a feed from Daniel Pegoraro.

Carefoot's goal would send the game into overtime as neither team could find the back of the net in the third period, despite two close chances by the Bears with under 30 seconds left to play in regulation.

Brown had its best chance to score 1:00 into the extra period when Hurley intercepted a Cornell pass in the neutral zone and fired a shot wide of McKee. Prough picked up the rebound, but McKee made the stop to keep Brown off the board. At the other end of the ice, the Big Red beat Brown on a three-on-two rush, handing the Bears' their third overtime loss of the season.

D'Alba finished with 29 saves in net for Brown. The Bears return to action tomorrow night when they face #18 Colgate in Hamilton, NY at 7:00 p.m.

BROWN 1 2 0 0 - 3
#5 CORNELL 1 2 0 1 - 4

First period - C, Matt Moulson (Byron Bitz, Topher Scott), 4:30, PPG; B, Pete LeCain (Matt Vokes, Sean Dersch), 16:32, PPG. Penalties - B, 2-4; C, 3-6.
Second period - B, Eric Slais (Jeff Prough), 1:06; B, Jeff Prough (Eric Slais, Chris Poli), 6:50; C, Sasha Pokulok (Byron Bitz, Mark McCutcheon), 9:16; C, Mitch Carefoot (Daniel Pegoraro, Sasha Pokulok), 16:22, PPG. Penalties - B, 2-4; C, 1-2.
Third period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 2-4; C, 2-4.
Overtime - C, Tyler Mugford (Raymond Sawada, Chris Abbott), 1:50. Penalties - B, 0-0; C, 0-0

Saves
B, Adam D'Alba (61:50), 10-7-12-0 - 29; C, David McKee (61:42), 5-8-7-1 - 21.