Bears Fight to Double Overtime, Falling to Harvard, 2-1; Danis Stops 66 Shots
March 10, 2002
CAMBRIDGE, MA - The men's ice hockey team battled Harvard for nearly 95 minutes as sophomore Yann Danis (Lafontaine, QUE) made 66 saves, but dropped a 2-1 decision to the Crimson in the longest game in Brown history, lasting 94:41.
In what was turning out to be a defensive battle, the Bears and the Crimson played nearly two scoreless periods of hockey. However, at the 20:00 mark of the second period, sophomore Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE) was awarded a penalty shot after he was tripped on a break-away. The Bears' leading scorer, Robinson skate the puck in, and beat Harvard's goalie five-hole to give Brown a 1-0 lead heading into the locker room for the second intermission.
The Crimson knotted the contest at 5:30 of the final stanza, which was the final tally of regulation and sent the game into a 20:00 overtime. Neither team scored during the first 20 minutes as Danis backstopped Brown with 20 saves, sending the two teams into the locker-room for a 15-minute intermission before the second 20-minute overtime period.
With both goalies making stop after stop, and with just 5:19 remaining in the second overtime, Dominic Moore tallied the winning goal for the Crimson sending Harvard to Lake Placid, sweeping the first round series.
The game lasted 94:41, breaking a Brown and Harvard record for longest game played. Danis was 10 saves short of tying Jack Skillings' record for saves in a game (76), while breaking a Harvard record for most saves by an opponent goalie, finishing with 66 saves.
The Bears finish the 2001-2002 season with a 14-15-2 record, capping off one-of the best season's in recent history. The Bears return all but one regular for next season, including the top-ten scorers along with Danis. A First Team All-Ivy selection, Danis finished the season with a 1.86 goals against average and a.938 save percentage, breaking the Brown record for both categories.
Harvard 2, Brown 1
2 B Brent Robinson (Penalty Shot) 20:00
3 H Brett Nowak (Tyler Kolarik, Brendan Bernakevitch) 5:30
2OT H Dominic Moore (unassisted) 14:41
Saves 1st 2nd 3rd OT OT Total
Yann Danis, B 94:41 8 14 14 20 10 66
Dov Grumet-Morris, H 94:41 7 9 4 3 8 31
Total Penalties Powerplays
Brown 7/14:00 Brown 0/3
Harvard 6/12:00 Harvard 0/4