November 11, 2006

Balanced Attack Nets Bears First Win of the Season

Nov. 11, 2006

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - Sophomore Sean Muncy (Chesterfield, MO) scored the first two goals of his career and added an assist, while leading six different goal scorers as the Brown men's ice hockey team (1-2-2) cruised to a 7-3 victory over Wayne State (2-7-0) to earn its first win of the season on Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium.

Coming off Friday's 5-3 loss to the Warriors, junior Brian McNary (Edmonton, ALB) wasted little time in giving Brown a 1-0 lead. McNary chipped the puck out of the Brown zone and hit junior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) along the left wing. Prough left the puck for McNary inside the blue line and McNary one-timed it past Wayne State's Will Hooper stick-side at 1:02 for the early lead.

Senior Antonin Roux (Danville, QUE), who also scored in Friday's game, increased Brown's lead to 2-0 at 5:15 when he knocked in the rebound of a shot from Muncy, who posted his fourth assist of the season. Senior Sean Dersch (Edmonton, ALB) also earned an assist on the goal, picking up his first of three assists for the afternoon.

Brown outscored Wayne State, 3-1, during the second period, while scoring three times on the power-play to grab a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes of action. Junior Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) scored the first one at 4:51, collecting the puck from senior Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) and beating Hooper through the five-hole from the top of the right face-off circle.

After Ryan Bernardi scored his first of two goals for the Warriors at 10:35, sophomore Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) and Prough tallied nearly identical power-play goals for Brown just 1:50 apart from each other for the 5-1 advantage. Vokes tipped McNary's shot from the right face-off circle past Hooper at 16:10, and then with Brown on a two-man advantage, Prough tipped Hurley's shot past Hooper, scoring his team-leading fourth goal of the season. With a goal and an assist on the afternoon, Vokes has now earned at least one point in each of Brown's five games.

Muncy scored his first career goal just 26 seconds into the third period, giving Brown a 6-1 lead when he knocked in the rebound of Dersch's shot, which was blocked by a Warrior defenseman. Just 2:10 later, at 2:36, Muncy added his second of the night, working to gain possession of the puck off the boards, and beating Hooper one-on-one with a low shot.

Wayne State closed the game with back-to-back power-play goals at 7:36 and 13:42 for the 7-3 final.

The seven-goal outburst is the most for Brown since winning a 7-4 game over RPI in the First Round of the 2005 ECAC Hockey League Playoffs.

Freshman Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) made his first collegiate start in net for Brown and earned the victory with 35 saves, including 27 in the final two periods. The Bears return to ECACHL action next weekend when they travel to Harvard and Dartmouth for a pair of League games.