October 19, 2004

Men's Icers Defeat Bentley, 4-3, in Pre-Season Scrimmage

Oct. 19, 2004

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown Men's Ice Hockey Team scrimmaged Bentley College on Tuesday evening and came away with a 4-3 victory in its first test before the start of the 2004-2005 season. The two teams played three 20:00 periods, two with one group of players and one with another group, and then one 12:00 period with the second group.

After only three days of official practices, the Bears were all over Bentley in the first period, outshooting the Falcons 13-6 in the first frame. However, it was Bentley that would take the first lead of the game, scoring a power-play goal with 29 seconds remaining in the first.

The momentum shifted in the second period, with Bentley outshooting Brown 13-9 and again sneaking the puck past senior Scott Rowan (Vernon, BC) on the power-play for a 2-0 lead at 7:16 of the period.

Following the goal, junior Kevin Kliman (Toronto, ONT) replaced Rowan in net, stopping all eight shots he would face in the remainder of the period.

With 5:42 left to play in the third, sophomore Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) brought the Bears to within one with his first goal of the game. Freshman Paul Baier (North Kingstown, RI) earned an assist on the goal.

However, less than three minutes later Bentley took a 3-1 lead, scoring on freshman Adam D'Alba (Glencoe, IL), who relieved Kliman with six minutes remaining in the third.

In the final period, it was all Brown, as the Bears scored three straight goals in the final 12:00. Freshman Brian McNary (Edmonton, ALB) started the comeback just 41 seconds into the final period. Senior Mike Meech (Coquitlam, BC) and freshman Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) each earned assists on the goal. Just 2:19 later, sophomore Antonin Roux (Danville, QUE) assisted Ihnacak's second goal to tie the game. Then with six seconds to play, Ihnacak and Roux assisted a goal by sophomore Sean Dersch (Edmonton, ALB) for the final 4-3.

In net for the Bears, Rowan recorded nine saves, allowing two goals, in 28:15. Kliman made 14 saves, allowing no goals, in 25:45. D'Alba stopped five shots, allowing one goal, in 18:00.

The Bears will play in the annual Brown vs. White scrimmage this Saturday at 4:30 in their final tune-up before opening the 2004-2005 campaign against Harvard on October 29th at Meehan.