March 16, 2003
NEW HAVEN, CT - Brown (16-12-5, 10-8-4) scored two goals in the second period and added two empty-netters in the third period en route to a 4-0 win over Yale (18-14-0, 13-9-0) in the deciding game of the ECAC Quarterfinal best-of-three series Sunday evening at Ingalls Rink.
After a period of scoreless action, the Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead just 2:15 into the second period. After a great rush by junior Nick Ringstad (Anchorage, AK) to clear the puck out of Brown's zone, Yale's Joe Callahan went to send the puck behind the goal, but misplayed it. Junior leading scorer Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE) was camped out in the slot and beat Bulldogs' goalie Josh Gartner low and to his stick-side for the 1-0 lead.
Brown increased its lead to 2-0 with 6:12 remaining in the second period on another defensive lapse. Gartner attempted to clear the puck along the boards, but senior Jason Wilson (LaSalle, ONT) stole the puck away and gave the Bears a two-goal cushion, scoring his ninth goal of the season into the open net.
The third period was played at an even pace and Yale pulled Garter with 3:23 remaining in the game and junior Pascal Denis (Magog, QUE) scored the first of two empty-netters with 2:31 remaining. The goal was assisted by junior Shane Mudryk (Leduc, ALB) and senior Paul Esdale (Edmonton, ALB). Yale pulled Gartner again, and Robinson scored the second empty-netter of the game with 49 seconds left with assists going to sophomore Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ) and Esdale.
For the game, junior Yann Danis (Saint-Jerome, QUE) stopped 35 shots in net, while earning his school record fifth shutout of the season and eighth of his career. With the win, the Bears have advanced to the ECAC Championship for the first time since 1994. Brown will face top-seeded Cornell at 3:30 p.m. on Friday March 21, in ECAC semi-final action in Albany's Pepsi Center.
BROWN 0 2 2 x - 4
YALE 0 0 0 x -- 0
First period - No Scoring. Penalties - BR, 2-4; Y, 2-4.
Y, Josh Gartner, 12-6-8-x - 26 (58:45);
BR, Yann Danis, 11-18-6-x - 35 (60:00).
Records - BR, 16-12-5, 10-8-4; Y, 18-14-0, 13-9-0.
Attendance - 2,142 (Ingalls Rink).