November 1, 2003

Men's Ice Hockey Opens Season With 2-0 Shutout Over #9 Harvard

Nov. 1, 2003

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The Brown men's ice hockey team (1-0-0, 1-0-0) opened the 2003-2004 season with a 2-0 shutout over #9 Harvard (0-1-0, 0-1-0) at Harvard's Bright Hockey Center on Saturday evening.

In the season opener for both Brown and Harvard, the two teams skated to a fast-paced, but scoreless tie featuring several opportunities for both teams with the Bears out-shooting the Crimson by a slight 9-8 margin.

After several penalties started the second period and a missed 5x3 opportunity for Brown, the Bears struck first midway through the second stanza to grab a 1-0 lead. Junior Mike Meech (Coquitlam, BC) intercepted a Harvard clearing in their defensive zone and sent the puck over to junior Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ), who went top shelf to Harvard's Dov Grumet-Mooris' glove side.

Before the period was over, Brown had another 5x3 chance, and this time, they capitalized. Sophomore Senior Brent Robinson (Pointe Claire, QUE) sent the puck up to senior Scott Ford (Ft. St. John, BC), who was on the left point. Ford took a slap shot that bounced off Grumet-Morris to his right side where sophomore Cory Caouette (Spruce Grove, ALB) was waiting to tuck the rebound into the opposite side of the net, giving Brown a 2-0 lead with 2:13 left in the period. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the third and the game ended, 2-0, in favor of Brown as the Bears shutout Harvard in the season-opener for the second straight year.

For the game, Yann Danis (Saint-Jerome, QUE) stopped 20 shots, while earning his school-record ninth career shutout. Brown continues action next weekend as the Bears travel to Dartmouth for a 7:00 p.m. ECAC and Ivy League contest in Hanover, NH.

BROWN 0 2 0 x -- 2
#9 HARVARD 0 0 0 x - 0

First period - No Scoring. Penalties -BR, 1-2; H, 2-4.

Second period - B, Chris Swon (Mike Meech), 10:21;
B (5x3), Cory Caouette (Scott Ford, Brent Robinson), 17:47.
Penalties -BR, 2-4; H, 5-10.

Third period - No Scoring. Penalties - BR, 1-2; H, 0-0.

Saves
BR, Yann Danis, 8-3-9 - 20 (60:00);
H, Dov Grumet-Morris, 9-8-5 - 22 (58:34).

Records - BR, 1-0-0, 1-0-0; H, 0-1-0,0-1-0

Power-Play
BR, 1-6;
H, 0-3.

Attendance - 1,986 (Bright Hockey Center).