Feb. 19, 2005
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's ice hockey team (14-9-3, 9-8-2) scored three goals in a span of 5:15 to break open a 1-1 game and defeat Clarkson (11-19-2, 7-12-1), 5-2, in the final home regular season game for the Bears on Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium. With the win the Bears will definitely host an ECACHL Playoff round, as they can finish no lower than 7th in the League.
Both teams entered the game after getting shutout in their respective contests the night before, and it was Brown that would take the first lead of the game, scoring just 4:57 into the contest. The Bears fourth line created a great rush down the ice and after junior Rugo Santini's (Winchester, MA) shot was saved by Dustin Traylen, the rebound bounced out to junior Joe Bauer (Apple Valley, MN), who knocked in the rebound for his third goal of the year.
Brown dominated the early flow of the game, but the Golden Knights knotted the contest at 1-1 at 15:49 of the period. Jay Latulippe fired a shot at freshman Adam D'Alba (Glencoe, IL). D'Alba saved the shot, but the puck slid behind him and Steve Zalewski poked the puck into the back of the net, tying the game at 1-1.
The Bears top line scored three straight goals in a span of 5:15, including back-to-back goals just 15 seconds apart to break open the 1-1 tie and take a 4-1 lead heading into the final period.
Freshman Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) was the first to score when he collected the puck from senior Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) and deflected the puck of Traylen for his eighth goal of the year just 3:55 into the second period. Haggett earned his second assist of the night just 15 seconds later when he set up sophomore Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT), who went top shelf for his 10th goal of the season. Prough also earned an assist on the goal.
Haggett gave Brown a 4-1 lead at 9:10 of the period when he fired a rocket past Traylen off a feed from classmate Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ). It was his team-leading 11th goal of the year and brought him to within one point of his 100th career point.
Freshman David Robertson (Saunderstown, RI) increased Brown's lead to 5-1 at 4:45 of the third when he blasted the puck past Traylen from the right point. Sophomore Sean Dersch (Edmonton, ALB) earned an assist on the goal.
Ken Scuderi scored with just three seconds left in the game for the final 5-2.
In net for Brown, D'Alba recorded 37 saves, while Traylen posted 30 saves. The Bears continue action on Tuesday night when they travel to Harvard for a critical ECACHL contest at 7:00 p.m. at the Bright Hockey Center.
CLARKSON 1 0 1 x 2
BROWN 1 3 1 x 5
C, Dustin Traylen (60:00) - 11-7-12 - 30;
B, D'Alba (60:00) - 8-14-15-x - 37