Feb. 28, 2004
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's ice hockey team (15-9-5, 13-7-2) snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday evening with a 6-0 win over Vermont (9-20-4, 7-14-1), as the Class of 2004 notched 11 of the team's 18 points in the win to lead the Bears on senior night. With the victory, Brown finishes the season in third place in the ECAC, receiving a first-round bye for the ECAC playoffs. In addition, by virtue of Dartmouth's loss to Harvard tonight, Brown has won its first Ivy League Championship since 1995 with a 7-2-1 record in the Ivy League.
Brown wasted little time in getting on the board when senior Scott Ford (Fort St. John, BC) scored a power-play goal at 3:56 of the first period. Seniors Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE) and Vince Macri (Durham, NH) each earned assists on the goal, which would prove to be the game-winner.
Nearly 10 minutes later, senior Nick Ringstad (Fairbanks, AK) knocked in the rebound of a shot from junior Paul Crosty (Edmonton, ALB) for a 2-0 lead at 13:53 of the first period. Freshman Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) also tallied an assist on the power-play goal.
The Bears opened the game up in the second period, when Ford tallied his second goal of the game less than two minutes into the period. Ihnacak and Robinson each assisted. Less than six minutes later, Robinson gave Brown a 4-0 lead with the Bears' third power-play goal of the night. Ford picked up his third point of the evening, while junior Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) added his team-leading 22nd assist of the year, with assists on the goal.
Brown took a 5-0 lead before the end of the period when junior Mike Meech (Coquitlam, BC) scored his seventh goal of the year off assists from Haggett and sophomore Cory Caouette (Spruce Grove, ALB). Macri rounded out the scoring, knocking in a rebound of a Ford shot from the blue-line, as Brown netted its fourth power-play tally of the night. Robinson also earned an assist on the goal.
Senior Hobey Baker candidate Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE) earned his 13th career-shutout, while tying his own school record with five shutouts this season, with 26 saves for the Bears. Looking for their second straight trip to the ECAC Final Four, Brown will host a best-of-three quarterfinal ECAC playoff series March 12th, 13th, and if needed, 14th.
VERMONT 0 0 0 x - 0
BROWN 2 3 1 x - 6
Second period - B, Scott Ford (Brian Ihnacak, Brent Robinson), 1:55;
B (PPG), Brent Robinson (Les Haggett, Scott Ford), 8:49;
B, Mike Meech (Les Haggett, Cory Caouette), 11:43.
Penalties - BR, 2-4; UVM, 4-8.
BR, Yann Danis, 5-7-14-x - 26 (60:00);
UVM, Travis Russell, 8-11-x-x -19 (40:00);
Scott Sortal, x-x-9-x - 9 (20:00)