Oct. 29, 2004
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's ice hockey team (0-0-1, 0-0-1) skated to a 2-2 tie with ECACHL and Ivy League foe Harvard (0-0-1, 0-0-1) in the season opener for both squads on Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
Both teams came out flying in the early part of the first period, but it was Harvard that would strike first, scoring on a five-on-three power-play opportunity just 2:13 into the game.
Despite outshooting Harvard 9-4 in the first period, the Bears couldn't get the puck past Dov Grumet-Morris, and the Crimson added their second goal of the evening at 12:23 of the first. Brown senior goalie Scott Rowan (Vernon, BC), making his first ECACHL start of his career, went behind the net to stop the puck, but it took a funny bounce and landed on the stick of Rob Flynn, who quickly sent the puck to Dan Murphy in the slot. Murphy lifted the puck into the open net, giving Harvard the two-goal lead.
The Bears had a chance to come to within one with 40 seconds remaining in the period when Harvard's Noah Welch was whistled for a delay of game penalty that resulted in a Brown penalty shot. Sophomore Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) moved in on Grumet-Morris, but he got the save and kept Brown off the board.
The Bears settled down after that and played strong team defense until solving Grumet-Morris at 7:17 of the second with a power-play goal. Freshman Paul Baier (North Kingstown, RI) fired a slap shot from the left point that beat Grumet-Morris over his right shoulder. Freshman Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) and Ihnacak earned assists on the goal.
Brown peppered Grumet-Morris with nine shots in the third period, with several chances to score in the opening minutes. Just past the middle of the period, sophomore Sean Dersch (Edmonton, ALB) tied the game with his first goal of the year. Freshman Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) and senior Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ) each assisted on the goal for their first points of the season.
The two teams played a scoreless overtime as both teams started the ECACHL schedule off with one point. Rowan finished with 22 saves for the Bears, who continue action on Sunday, October 31, when they host the U.S. Under-18 team in an Exhibition contest at 2:00 p.m. Brown's next official game is on Friday, November 5, when it travels to Hamilton, NY for a 7:00 p.m. game at Colgate.