Bears Fall to #12 Northeastern, 4-3

Nov. 30, 2007

Box Score

BOSTON, MA - The 12th-ranked Northeastern hockey team (7-4-1) erased a 2-0 first period deficit with three straight goals to earn a 4-3 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (1-5-3) on Friday evening at Matthews Arena. Seniors Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) and Chris Poli (Medfield, MA) led the Bears with a goal and an assist each, while senior David Robertson (Saunderstown, RI) posted two assists.

Brown scored twice on the power play eight minutes apart to grab a 2-0 lead after the first period. The Bears' first goal came at 11:16 on a four-on-three advantage as Hurley scored his first goal of the year. He picked up the rebound of a shot from Poli and lifted it into the upper right corner of the net with Northeastern goalie Brad Thiessen still on the left post. With the goal, the 20th of his career, Hurley moved into sole possession of eighth all-time for goals in a career by a defenseman.

Poli gave the Bears a 2-0 lead before the end of the period, when he tipped a shot from Hurley through the five-hole with Brown enjoying a five-on-three advantage. Robertson also assisted on the goal.

Northeastern tied the game with two goals in the second period, as Steve Silva scored twice on redirections in a span of 5:34. His first was scored from the bottom of the left face-off circle. After a face-off win for the Huskies to junior Mark Sibbald's (Ridgeway, ONT) left, Drew Muench fired a shot to the left of the net and Silva tipped it behind Sibbald to bring Northeastern to within one.

At 12:50, and just 23 seconds after Brown had killed its second penalty in five minutes, Silva tied the game when he tipped a shot from Ryan Ginand past Sibbald.

During this time, the Bears were also without one of their defenseman as junior Mike Stuart (Rome, NY) left the ice with 17:30 remaining in the period after he lost the blade to his left skate. Stuart did not return to the Brown bench until the 13:33 mark of the period, as the Bears played for just over 11 minutes with five defensemen.

Jimmy Russo gave the Huskies a 3-2 lead just 2:02 into the third period. After Northeastern blocked a shot from freshman Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) Kyle Kraemer hit Russo with a long pass and with just one Brown defenseman to beat, Russo got around him and fired a shot that Sibbald kicked out. However, the rebound bounced right out to Russo, who was skating across the crease, and he flicked the puck into the partially open net.

Junior Sean Muncy (Chesterfield, MO) scored another power-play goal for the Bears to tie the game at 3-3 at 12:51 of the third. Robertson made a great play at the right point to keep the puck in the zone on a Northeastern clearing attempt. He carried the puck into the slot, before passing to Muncy on his right. Muncy skated into the center of the face-off circle and beat Thiessen for his second goal of the year.

However, just 1:37 later, the Huskies regained the one-goal lead when Denis Chisholm beat Sibbald with a clean shot from the left point.

Brown finished 3-6 on the man-advantage, scoring a new season-high for power play goals in a game. Their penalty-kill was also solid tonight, holding Northeastern scoreless on five power-play chances.

The Bears called a timeout with 48 seconds remaining and pulled Sibbald, but to no avail as time expired with Northeastern holding the puck behind the Brown net.

Sibbald finished with a career-high 37 saves, while Thiessen made 24 for Northeastern. In the midst of an eight-game road stretch, the Bears continue action on Tuesday, December 4th, when they travel across Providence to face the Friars in the 22nd annual battle for the Mayor's Cup trophy.

BROWN 2 0 1 x - 3
NORTHEASTERN 0 2 2 x - 4

First period - B, Hurley (Poli, Prough), 4x3, 11:16; B, Poli (Hurley, Robertson), 5x3, 19:29. Penalties - B, 3-6; N, 5-10.
Second period - N, Silva (Muench), 7:16; N, Silva (Ginand, Kraemer), 12:50. Penalties - B, 6-12; N, 4-8.
Third Period - N, Russo (Kraemer), 2:02; B, Muncy (Robertson), PP, 12:51; N, Chisholm (Russo, Guzior), 14:28. Penalties - B, 0-0; N, 1-2.

Saves
B, Mark Sibbald (59:12), 11-15-11-x - 37; N, Brad Thiessen (60:00), 10-10-4-x - 24.

Attendance: 3,059