February 8, 2008

#19 Princeton Comes From Behind to Edge Bears, 3-2, With Three-Goal Third Period

Feb. 8, 2008

Box Score

PRINCETON, NJ - Trailing 1-0 heading into the final period, #19 Princeton (13-9-0, 10-5-0) scored three times in the first 10 minutes of the third period to open a 3-1 lead and hand the Brown men's ice hockey team (3-15-4, 3-9-3) a 3-2 loss on Friday evening at Baker Rink.

The game remained scoreless until late in the second period when the Bears came to life after a full two-minute five-on-three advantage for the Tigers. With 7:50 remaining in the period, freshman Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) and senior Paul Baier (North Kingstown, RI) were whistled for penalties, giving Princeton a two-man advantage for a full two minutes.

Brown sent seniors Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) and David Robertson (Saunderstown, RI) and sophomore Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) out to kill the penalty and the trio was on the ice for the full two minutes as Princeton maintained possession in the zone for the entire time. All three did a tremendous job blocking shots and passes, with Timberlake blocking at least four, and Hurley and Robertson at least a pair each. Rosen also came up with two huge saves, stopping both shots that reached him during the power play.

Just as the penalties expired, a Princeton player went off for interference and then 51 seconds later, the Tigers were whistled for another infraction, giving Brown a five-on-three for 1:09. With 33 seconds left on the two-man advantage, senior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) fired a shot from the top of the left face-off circle. Kalemba made the save, but Timberlake attemped to push the rebound past him. After Timberlake's shot was saved, the puck bounced out to Hurley, who had skated into the slot, and who lifted the puck behind the Princeton netminder for the 1-0 lead.

The Tigers tied the game and then took a 2-1 lead with two goals in the opening 5:14 of the third period. Cam Ritchie scored Princeton's first of the game when his shot from the center of the blueline appeared to go in off a Brown skate at 3:36. Then, with the Tigers on their seventh power play of the night, Mark Magnowski gave the home team a 2-1 lead using only 11 seconds of the man-advantage.

With just over 10 minutes left in the period, Kalemba made back-to-back saves on Prough and Timberlake. The Tigers came back the other way and Brett Wilson's 28th goal of the year increased Princeton's lead to 3-1 at 9:59.

Brown made it a one-goal game with 5:34 left to play when Baier intercepted a Princeton pass at the blueline. He took a quick shot from the right point that Kalemba saved, but the rebound popped out to junior Ryan Garbutt (Winnipeg, MAN) and he got enough of his stick on the puck to lift it over Kalemba and into the back of the net.

The Bears pulled Rosen with 42 seconds remaining for the extra attacker, but to no avail, as Princeton prevented Brown from ever gaining possession, while attempting to send the puck into the vacated net.

Rosen finished with 30 saves, his 10th game this season with at least 30 saves, while Kalemba stopped 26 for the Tigers. The Bears are off tomorrow and return to action Sunday afternoon in a 12:30 p.m. contest at Quinnipiac. The game will be televised live on NESN.

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

First period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 2-4; P, 2-4.
Second period - B, Hurley (Prough, Timberlake), 5x3, 16:37. Penalties - B, 5-10; P, 4-8.
Third Period - P, Ritchie (Lohry, Shattenkirk), 3:36; P, Magnowski (Kramer, Pederson), PP, 5:14; P, Wilson (Jubinville), 9:59; B, Garbutt (Baier), 14:26. Penalties - B, 1-2; P, 1-2.

Saves
B, Dan Rosen (59:18), 11-10-9-x - 30; P, Zane Kalemba (60:00), 7-11-8-x - 26.