Dec. 2, 2006
PROVIDENCE, RI - Clarkson's David Cayer broke a 1-1 tie exactly three minutes into the third period to lift the Golden Knights (10-5-1, 4-2-0) to a 2-1 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (5-4-2, 2-3-1) on Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
Clarkson dominated the first period, outshooting Brown 18-7, and maintaining possession of the puck, while not allowing the Bears to gain any sort of edge. Their pressure finally paid off with 2:41 remaining in the first period when Brodie Rutherglen deflected Michael Grenzy's shot past freshman Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) with the Golden Knights on the power-play.
Brown turned the tables on Clarkson in the second period, and posted an 18-6 advantage in shots during the middle 20 minutes. However, the Bears used just 24 seconds to tie the game. After winning the opening faceoff, sophomore Sean Muncy (Chesterfield, MO) made a great play behind the net and hit senior Antonin Roux (Danville, QUE) with a feed in the slot. Roux batted at the puck and David Leggio made the first stop, but Roux was able to back-hand the puck over Leggio's shoulder, hitting the top of the net and tying the game at 1-1.
The Bears, who finished 0-9 on the power-play, had six separate power-plays in the second period, including two five-on-three advantages, but Clarkson's penalty kill unit was up to the task, and was able to keep Brown from scoring the go-ahead goal.
The two teams again switched roles in the final period, with Clarkson holding the shot-advantage, 11-4. The Golden Knights came out of the locker room buzzing and Cayer pushed the game-winner past Rosen just three minutes into the period, lifting Clarkson to its fourth straight win.
Rosen, who leads the nation with a 1.37 goals against average and a .958 save percentage, stopped 33 shots, including 17 in the first period. Brown closes out the first half of its schedule next Saturday when it hosts Yale at 4:00 p.m.