Quinnipiac Breaks Open 1-1 Game with Six Straight, Ending Brown's Season with 7-1 Defeat in Deciding Game of ECAC Hockey First Round Series
March 8, 2008
HAMDEN, CT - Junior Ryan Garbutt's (Winnipeg, MAN) fifth goal in four games tied the score at 1-1 late in the first period, but Quinnipiac (19-13-4) scored six straight goals, including four in the second period, to hand the Brown men's ice hockey team (6-21-4) a 7-1 loss in the deciding game of the best-of-three ECAC Hockey First Round Series.
In a relatively even first period, each team took seven shots and traded power play goals about 10 minutes apart to head into the second period knotted at one.
Quinnipiac grabbed a 1-0 lead at 7:01 when Jamie Bates fired a slap shot form the right point that beat sophomore Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) stick-side. The goal came just eight seconds into the Bobcats' second power play opportunity of the night and was roughly three minutes after Rosen had saved Bates on a breakaway chance.
However, Brown tied things up with 2:36 remaining in the period when Garbutt scored his fifth goal in four games. Sophomore Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) collected the puck from senior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) and fired a quick shot on net. Bud Fisher made the save, but Garbutt picked it up at the bottom of the right face-off circle, waited for Fisher to drop, and lifted the puck over his left shoulder, hitting the top of the netting for his team-leading 12th goal of the season and eighth power play tally.
Just as it did last night, though not as quickly, Quinnipiac opened the second period with three straight goals, as Greg Holt's power play tally at 4:04 was flanked by two even-strength goals by Brandon Wong, the first at 2:22 and the second at 9:20, which chased Rosen from the game in favor of junior Mark Sibbald (Ridgeway, ONT).
The Bobcats increased their lead to 5-1 at 14:22 when Dan LeFort beat Sibbald through the five-hole with a soft shot from the right circle.
Quinnipiac went up on the power play for the sixth time of the night at 5:01 of the third and needed just 19 seconds to increase its lead to 6-1 when Bates beat Sibbald top-shelf at 5:20. The Bobcats scored seven for the second straight game at 12:43 when Dan Travis beat Sibbald from the right point after a Brown turnover in the neutral zone.
The game was the final career contest for the five members of the class of 2008, defensemen Paul Baier (North Kingstown, RI), Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT), and David Robertson (Saunderstown, RI), and forwards Prough and Chris Poli (Medfield, MA). Combined, the quintet played in 611 games during their four seasons, including Prough's 127, which ties a school record.
BROWN 1 0 0 x - 1
QUINNIPIAC 1 4 2 x - 7
First period - Q, Bates (Leitch, Holt), PP, 7:01; B, Garbutt (Timberlake, Prough), PP, 17:24. Penalties - B, 3-6; Q, 4-8.
Second period - Q, Wong (Hansen), 2:22; Q, Holt (Bates), PP, 4:04; Q, Wong (Travis, Holt), 9:20; Q, LeFort (Hansen), 14:22. Penalties - B, 3-6; Q, 1-2.
Third Period - Q, Bates (Nelson, Holt), PP, 5:20; Q, Travis (Wong), 12:43. Penalties - B, 1-2; Q, 1-2.