Feb. 10, 2006
SCHENECTADY, NY - Union (14-11-6, 7-6-4) scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal just 4:44 into the third period in a 2-1 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (3-15-6, 2-11-4), which suffered its seventh one-goal loss of the season, on Friday evening at Messa Rink.
Union came out flying, outshooting Brown 7-0 during the first 3:40 of the game, and taking a 1-0 lead at the 3:40 mark when Augie DiMarzo poked the puck over the goal line after a scramble in front of the net.
However, the Bears finally registered a shot on net, at the 4:49 mark, and they made it count as sophomore leading scorer Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) netted his 10th goal of the year to tie the game at 4:49. Prough chased a loose puck in the slot, and as he was falling down, he beat his defender to the puck, and just got his stick on it, tipping it over Kris Mayotte's glove and into the back of the net.
The rest of the period was more of the same, with Union taking 18 total shots, including several on the only odd-man situation of the period, to Brown's seven.
Brown dominated the second period, outshooting Union 11-1 during the first 12:30 of the period. However, the Bears were not able to capitalize on several chances, including two by sophomore Brian McNary (Edmonton, ALB). The first came just 1:14 into the period when his shot ricocheted off the left post. The second came at 11:47 when his shot was headed for the back of the net, but Union's Sean Streich cleared the puck off the goal line before it crossed over.
Brown's special teams were solid for the entire second period as the penalty-kill did not allow a single Union shot for both of the Dutchmen power-plays, while the Bears fired seven power-play shots in three odd-man situations of their own.
Union took a 2-1 lead just 4:44 into the second period when Jonathan Poirier's shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle beat freshman Mark Sibbald (Ridgeway, ONT) stick-side.
Brown failed to convert a late power-play opportunity, and with 42 seconds left in the game, Union went up on the man-advantage, as the Bears' were short-handed for the rest of the game.
Brown pulled Sibbald for the extra attacker with 27 seconds left, but the Bears couldn't tie the game as they dropped their seventh one-goal loss of the season.
Sibbald finished with 33 saves in 59:33 of action, one-shy of his career-high, while Mayotte recorded 28 saves for Union. The Bears return to action tomorrow evening when they travel to Troy, NY to face RPI at 7:00 p.m.
BROWN 1 0 0 x - 1
UNION 1 0 1 x - 2
First period - U, Augie DiMarzo (Bryan Campbell, Jonathan Poirier), 3:40; B, Jeff Prough (unassisted), 4:49. Penalties - B, 2-4; U, 1-2.
Second period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 2-4; U, 3-6.
Third period - U, Jonathan Poirier (Oliver Bouchard, Torren Delforte), 4:44. Penalties - B, 5-10; U, 5-10.
B, Mark Sibbald (59:33), 17-7-9-x - 33; U, Kris Mayotte (60:00), 6-13-9-x - 28.