Feb. 6, 2004
PRINCETON, NJ - The Brown men's ice hockey team (13-5-4, 11-3-1) scored three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes en route to a 5-2 win over Princeton (5-17-1, 5-10-1), in an ECAC and Ivy League contest, Friday evening at Baker Rink, sweeping the season series, while winning its sixth straight game over the Tigers. The win was also the 700th all-time victory in Brown hockey history.
The Bears came out flying, dominating most of the first period, while peppering Princeton's Eric Leroux with 19 shots, including eight on a power-play mid-way through the period.
However, Brown didn't break through until nearly the end of the period when junior Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) knocked in the rebound of his own shot at 18:51 of the first period. Senior Scott Ford (Fort St. John, BC) earned an assist on the goal, which was scored with each team skating four players.
Less than two minutes into the second stanza, Brown grabbed a 2-0 lead when junior Mike Meech (Coquitlam, BC), knocked in the rebound of a shot by Haggett at 1:38 of the period.
However, at 14:21 of the second period, and with 52 seconds remaining on a penalty on Brown's Pascal Denis (Magog, QUE), the Tigers got on the board on a Max Cousins goal. Less than two minutes later, at 16:18 of the middle period, the Tigers knotted the game on a Dan Hursh goal, sending the two teams into the intermission, knotted at 2-2.
Brown regained its lead at 5:20 of the third period when Ford fired a blast from the center of the blue-line with the Bears on the man-advantage. Haggett won the face-off back to freshman leading scorer Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT), who found Ford and the Bears' captain put Brown back on top just four seconds into the power-play.
Less than a minute later, at 6:15 of the third, the Bears grabbed a 4-2 lead when junior Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ) batted in the rebound of Gerry Burke's (Milton, MA) shot from the blue-line. Sophomore Cory Caouette (Spruce Grove, ALB) also earned an assist on the goal. It was Swon's team-leading eighth even strength goal of the year.
Princeton pulled Leroux with 1:20 remaining in the game and Meech added an empty net goal with 49 seconds remaining to seal the 5-2 win.
Senior Hobey Baker candidate Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE) made x saves for the Bears, who travel to New Haven, CT to take on Yale at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night.
#12 BROWN 1 1 3 x - 5
PRINCETON 0 2 0 x - 2
BR, Yann Danis, 5-13-7-x - 25 (60:00);
PR, Eric Leroux, 18-11-5-x - 34 (59:29).
Records -BR, 13-5-4 (11-3-1); PR, 5-17-1 (5-10-1)
BR, 1-5; PR, 1-5.
1,764 (Baker Rink)