Bears Fall to Yale for Third Time in Three Weeks, 4-3

Nov. 25, 2008

Box Score

Providence, RI - Junior Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) tied the contest at 3-3 with a short-handed tally at 14:04, but Jimmy Martin scored just 1:13 later to lift Yale (6-2-0, 3-1-0) to a 4-3 win over the Brown men's ice hockey team (0-5-2, 0-3-2) in an ECAC Hockey and Ivy League contest on Tuesday night at Meehan Auditorium. With the win, the Bulldogs earn their second straight season-sweep over the Bears, picking up their third win in a span of three weeks.

Despite getting outshot, 12-4 during the first half of the opening period, it was the Bears that would score the game's first goal. With Brown on its first power-play chance of the night, senior Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) fired a wrist-shot from the top of the left face-off circle that beat Alec Richards glove-side just 32 seconds into the man-advantage. Freshman Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) picked up an assist on the goal, working a give-and-go with Vokes along the left boards. For Vokes, it was his second goal in as many games, after he snapped a 17-game scoreless streak with a power-play tally against Harvard.

The Bears held the 1-0 lead until nearly the end of the period, but the Bulldogs cashed in on their third power-play chance to tie the contest with 55 seconds remaining before the first intermission. Denny Kearney, stationed on left post, collected the puck from Broc Little and tried to flick the puck over junior Dan Rosen's (Syosset, NY) shoulder. The puck bounced over the Bears' goalie and was sitting on the goal-line, where Sean Backman tipped it over the line for his team-leading seventh goal of the year.

The Bears regained the lead 6:55 into the second on a perfectly executed two-on-one rush by Vokes and senior Eric Slais (Fenton, MO) with each team skating four players. Vokes collected the puck in Brown's defensive zone and skate in along the left wing. He faked a shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle, instead passed to Slais on his right, and Slais redirected the puck past Richards, beating him near side.

However, Yale forced the tie for the second time of the night, scoring on another power-play at 11:41. Kevin Peel fired a shot from the left point that was blocked by a Bears' defenseman. But, the puck took an odd bounce to Nick Jaskowiak, who was all alone in the right circle. He lifted the puck into the partially open net for his second goal of the season.

Yale's power-play unit gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the night with just 3.9 seconds remaining in the second period. Little dumped the puck into the left corner, where junior Jordan Pietrus (Vermilion, ALB) attempted to tie it up. However, Kearney was able to dig it out and push it up to Backman at the top of the left face-off circle. Backman wound up and fired a slap shot that beat Rosen glove-side for the go-ahead goal.

Brown went up on the power-play just 2:03 into the final period and thought it had tied the game at 3-3 just 13 seconds later, but the goal was negated by a hitting from behind penalty on Pietrus just before the puck went into the net.

Volpatti momentarily tied the contest at 14:04 when he scored an unassisted short-handed goal directly off a face-off win to Richards' right.

However, the Bulldogs regained the one-goal lead just 1:13 later when Jimmy Martin beat Rosen stick side with a shot from the left point that came just three seconds after the Bears had killed Yale's seventh power-play chance of the night.

The Bears called a timeout with 1:31 remaining and immediately began looking for an opportune time to pull Rosen from the net. However, Brown could never maintain possession long enough for Rosen to vacate the net, as Yale kept hammering the puck back into the zone. With 37.9 seconds left, a five-minute major hitting from behind on Yale's O'Neill set up Brown's eighth power-play of the game. With the face-off in Brown's offensive zone, Rosen left the net, setting up a six-on-four advantage for the Bears.

Pietrus won the ensuing face-off to Richards' right, but Brown could not net the equalizer, dropping its third straight to the Bulldogs.

Rosen finished with a season-high 40 saves, including 19 in the first period. In the midst of a six-game homestand, Brown returns to action this Saturday when it takes a break from ECAC Hockey action to host UConn in a 4:00 p.m. non-league game.

YALE 1 2 1 x 4
BROWN 1 1 1 x 3

First Period - B, Vokes (Buvinow, Pietrus), PP, 10:46; Y, Backman (Kearney, Little), PP, 19:05. Penalties - Y, 3-6; B, 4-8.
Second Period - B, Slais (Vokes, Russell), 4x4, 6:55; Y, Jaskowiak (Peel, O'Neill), PP, 11:41; Y, Backman (Kearney, Little), PP, 19:46. Penalties - Y, 4-8; B, 3-6.
Third Period - B, Volpatti (unassisted), SH, 14:04; Y, Martin (Kearney, Brosnihan), 15:17. Penalties - Y, 5-21; B, 4-8.

Saves
Y, Alec Richards (60:00), 8-8-3-x - 19; B, Dan Rosen (59:25), 19-6-15-x - 40.