March 21, 2003
ALBANY, NY - The Cornell Big Red (27-4-1, 19-2-1), ranked second in the country, handed Brown (16-13-5, 10-8-4) a 2-0 loss in the first semi-final game of the 2003 ECAC Championship Tournament Friday afternoon at Albany's Pepsi Arena.
After nearly two periods of scoreless action, during which Brown was out-shot 20-6, the Big Red took a 1-0 lead with just 2:06 remaining in the second period. Just 20 seconds after a Brown power-play had expired, Cornell's Cam Abbott fed Greg Hornby on a two-on-one break, as Hornby lifted the puck past junior goalie Yann Danis (Saint-Jerome, QUE) to his right, breaking open a 0-0 deadlock.
Cornell increased its lead at 11:03 of the third period on a goal by Travis Bell. After several failed attempts to clear the puck of the zone by the Bears, Bell fired a slap shot from the left point that beat Danis glove-side for the two goal advantage.
For the game, Danis stopped 27 shots in net, while Cornell's David LeNeveu, the ECAC Co-Player of the Year, made 11 saves for the Big Red. Brown continues action tomorrow, Saturday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m. facing the loser of the Harvard/Dartmouth contest in the consolation game of the ECAC Championship Tournament.
BROWN 0 0 0 x - 0
CORNELL 0 1 1 x -- 2
First period - No Scoring. Penalties - BR, 4-8; C, 4-8.
Second period - C, Greg Hornby (Cam Abbott, Chris Abbott), 17:54.
Penalties - BR, 4-8; C, 3-6.
Third period - C, Travis Bell (Mark McRae, Shane Palahicky), 11:03.
Penalties - BR,1-2; C, 0-0.
C, David LeNeveu, 1-5-5-x - 11 (60:00);
BR, Yann Danis, 8-13-6-x - 27 (59:02).
Records - BR, 16-13-5, 10-8-4; C, 27-4-1, 19-2-1.
Attendance - 6,810 (Pepsi Arena).