March 4, 2007
PRINCETON, NJ - After six straight overtime contests between the Bears and the Tigers, the two teams finally settled things in regulation, but the Brown men's ice hockey team (11-15-6, 6-12-4) fell to Princeton (15-14-3, 10-10-2), 4-3, in game three of the ECACHL first round best-of-three series as all three games were decided by one goal. The Bears led 3-2 heading into the third period, but the Tigers tied the game on a power-play goal 1:31 in and then scored the game-winner at 7:22 to advance to the ECACHL Quarterfinals.
The two teams played a physical first period with each team getting whistled for two penalties. However, Princeton took two penalties in a span of 23 seconds as Brown gained a five-on-three advantage for 1:37. The Bears were unable to gain control of the puck until late in the power-play and Princeton weathered the storm to keep the game scoreless.
Just 2:57 after killing the penalty, the Tigers used the momentum to grab a 1-0 lead when Daryl Marcoux's shot from the top of the right face-off circle beat freshman Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) with 1:36 remaining in the period.
The Bears tied the game at 1-1 just 6:06 into the period when freshman Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) redirected a centering feed from junior Chris Poli (Medfield, MA) past B.J. Sklapsky. However, just 23 seconds later, the Tigers regained the lead when Lee Jubinville lit the lamp at 6:29.
Volpatti scored his second of the game 3:17 later when he tipped a shot from sophomore Matt Palmer (Anchorage, AK) past Sklapsky, stick-side, at 9:46. Sophomore Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) gave Brown its first lead of the game at 14:39 when he caught Sklapsky out of position and slipped the puck behind him.
The Bears started the third period on the penalty-kill and then just 47 seconds into the final frame, Brown took a bench-minor for too many men on the ice. Princeton capitalized on the ensuing five-on-three when Kevin Westgarth beat Rosen with a high shot to tie the game at 3-3.
The Tigers grabbed a 4-3 lead at 7:22 when Grant Goeckner-Zoeller lifted the puck over Rosen.
The Bears had four power-plays during the third period, including one with 5:11 remaining in the game, but they couldn't get the puck past Sklapsky as Princeton held onto the 4-3 lead.
Brown was called for a penalty with 1:32 remaining, giving the Tigers a power-play for the remainder of the game. The Bears pulled Rosen with one minute remaining, evening the skaters on the ice at five, but Princeton held on for the victory, ending Brown's season.
Rosen recorded 32 saves, while Sklapsky posted 27 saves for the Tigers.
BROWN 0 3 0 x - 3
PRINCETON 1 1 2 x - 4
First period - P, Daryl Marcoux (Jody Pederson, Keith Shattenkirk), 18:24. Penalties - B, 2-4; P, 2-4.
Second period - B, Aaron Volpatti (Chris Poli, Devin Timberlake), 6:06; P, Lee Jubinville (Brett Wilson, Darroll Powe), 6:29; B, Aaron Volpatti (Matt Palmer, Chris Poli), 9:46; B, Matt Vokes (Sean Hurley, Jeremy Russell), PP, 14:39. Penalties - B, 2-4; P, 3-6.
Third Period - P, Kevin Westgarth (Grant Goeckner-Zoeller, Brett Wilson), 5x3, 1:31; P, Grant Goeckner-Zoeller (Mark Magnowski, Daryl Marcoux), 7:22. Penalties - B, 3-14; P, 4-8.
B, Dan Rosen (59:00), 13-7-12-x - 32; P, B.J. Sklapsky (59:48), 8-12-7-x - 27.