March 13, 2004

Bears Close Out Season With 3-2 Overtime Loss to Harvard

March 13, 2004

PROVIDENCE, RI- The Brown men's ice hockey team (15-11-5) dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to visiting Harvard (16-14-3), in the deciding game of the best-of-three ECAC Quarterfinal series, Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium.

The two teams both came out strong, but it was the Bears who took the first lead of the game, scoring at 12:31 of the first period. Sophomore Joe Bauer (Apple Valley, MN) won the draw back to senior Shane Mudryk (Leduc, ALB), who was at the top of the left face-off circle. Mudryk fired a quick shot that beat Harvard's Dov Grumet-Morris to his left for the 1-0 lead.

Brown extended its lead to 2-0 midway through the second period, and again it was Mudryk who scored, notching his second goal of the season. Junior Paul Crosty (Edmonton, ALB) tallied an assist on the goal.

However, less than a minute later, Harvard closed the gap, as Tim Pettit fired a shot from the top of the right face-off circle. Senior goalie Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE) made the initial save, but the rebound took a funny bounce and trickled into the back of the net before Danis could pounce on the puck.

Tyler Kolarik knotted the game at 2-2 just 2:06 into the third period, and the game remained tied for the final 17:54 of regulation, forcing a 20:00 sudden-death overtime.

The Crimson appeared to have scored the game-winner just 1:44 into the extra session, but the play continued on after none of the three officials signaled a goal. However, Harvard did get the eventual game-winning tally less than six minutes later, at 7:35 of the overtime.

Dylan Reese fired a slap-shot from the blue-line and Danis made the initial save, but the rebound popped out to Warwick, RI native, Tom Cavanagh, who was all alone in the slot. Cavanagh sent the puck past Danis, clearing the Harvard bench and ending Brown's season. With a 15-11-5 record, Brown closed its second winning season in a row, winning the 2004 Ivy League Championship.

Senior Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE) narrowly missed becoming Brown's first 100-point career scorer since 1996, finishing his career with 99 points. In addition, Danis narrowly missed breaking the all-time career win record, finishing his career with 43 wins, tying Brown's record, set by Kevin McCabe '77.

Danis finished with 39 saves for the Bears. With a .942 save percentage and a 1.81 goals against average this season, Danis broke his own records for single season save percentage (.938) and goals against average (1.86). In addition, with a .930 career save percentage and a 2.20 career goals against average, Danis shattered the Brown career records for save percentage (.909) and goals against average (3.08).

HARVARD 0 1 1 1 - 3
BROWN 1 1 0 0 - 2

First Period - B, Shane Mudryk (Joe Bauer), 12:31. Penalties - H, 3-6; BR, 0-0.

Second Period - B, Shane Mudryk (Paul Crosty), 10:36;
H, Tim Pettit (Charlie Johnson), 11:03.
Penalties - H, 1-2; BR, 1-2.
Third Period - H, Tyler Kolarik (Noah Welch), 2:06.
Penalties - H, 0-0; BR, 3-6.

Overtime H, Tom Cavanagh (Dylan Reese), 7:35.
Penalties - H, 0-0; BR, 0-0.

Saves
H, Dov Grumet-Morris, 12-8-8-2-30 (67:35)
BR, Yann Danis, 11-14-11-3-39 (67:35)