Bears Tie Clarkson, 3-3, Finish in Fifth Place in the ECAC
March 1, 2003
PROVIDENCE, RI - Sophomore Gerry Burke (Milton, MA) scored the game-tying goal with 8:06 remaining in the game, while junior Yann Danis (Saint-Jerome, QUE) stopped 46 shots as Brown (12-11-5, 10-8-4) and Clarkson (12-18-3, 9-10-3) skated to a 3-3 tie, the second tie in a row for both teams, in an ECAC men,s ice hockey contest Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
The Golden Knights took a 2-0 lead into the second period after scoring two goals in a span of 1:30, with a power-play goal at 12:31 and an even strength goal at 14:01. With the Bears still trailing 2-0 late in the first period, junior Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE) and sophomore Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ) combined for a two-on-one rush, but Clarkson,s Mike Walsh saved Swon,s scoring attempt, keeping Brown off the board.
The Bears got on the board just 4:34 into the second period with a power-play goal of their own, cutting into Clarkson,s lead. Senior Paul Esdale (Edmonton, ALB) sent the puck to junior Scott Ford (Fort St. John, BC) at the right point. Ford ripped a slap-shot to the left pst and sophomore Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) tipped the puck in for his 12th goal of the season.
The Bears started the third period with 2:48 remaining on a Keith Kirley (Leverett, MA) five minute penalty and came 17 seconds shy of successfully killing the penalty when Clarkson took a 3-1 lead with a goal just 2:31 into the final period.
Brown continued to fight and played its second overtime game in a row, scoring the game,s final two goals to earn the point. Swon started the comeback with a power-play goal at 7:07 of the period. Haggett won the face-off back to Ford on the left point. Ford fired a slap-shot that went to the right of the net and Swon lefted the puck into the partially open net for his second goal of the season.
With momentum picking up for both teams, Burke scored his second goal of the season to knot the game at 3-3 with 8:06 left to play. Juniors Pascal Denis (Magog, QUE) and Shane Mudryk (Leduc, ALB) took two quick shots on Walsh but the rebound kicked out to Burke on the left point. His slap-shot made its way through three Clarkson defenders along with Walsh and into the back of the net as the Bears salvaged one point.
The two teams played a scoreless overtime with Danis stopping four of his 46 shots in overtime and Walsh making one save for the Golden Knights, finishing the game with 26.
With the tie, Brown finishes the season in fifth place with 24 points. The Bears will host 12th place Princeton in a best-of-three series next weekend in Meehan Auditorium. All games begin at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday, and if needed, Sunday.
CLARKSON 2 0 1 0 - 3
BROWN 0 1 2 0 -- 3
First period - C (PPG), Matt Syroczynski (Tristan Lush, Chris Bahen), 12:31;
C, Randy Jones (Mac Faulkner), 14:01.
Penalties - BR, 2-4; C, 1-2.
Third period - C (PPG), Chris Blight (Tristan Lush, Dave Reid), 2:31;
B (PPG), Chris Swon (Scott Ford, Les Haggett), 7:07;
B, Gerry Burke (Pascal Denis, Shane Mudryk), 11:54.
Penalties - BR, 0-0; C, 1-2.
Overtime - No Scoring. No Penalties.
BR, Yann Danis, 12-13-16-5 - 46 (65:00);
C, Mike Walsh, 9-5-11-1 - 26 (65:00).
Records - BR, 12-11-5, 10-8-4;
C, 12-18-3, 9-10-3.
Attendance - 1,104 (Meehan Auditorium).