Dec. 3, 2004
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's ice hockey team (4-4-2, 3-3-2) came back from a 3-0 deficit and scored two goals in the final 20:00 to earn a 3-3 overtime tie with RPI (7-7-2, 2-4-1) in an ECACHL contest Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
The two teams played a fast-paced first period of hockey, but the Engineers dominated the 20:00, spending much of the period in the Brown zone, though generating few quality shots. However, RPI took the first lead of the game, on the power-play, when Jake Luthi fired the puck past freshman Adam D'Alba (Glencoe, IL) at 17:36.
RPI increased its lead to 3-0 with back-to-back goals scored at 4:46 and 9:51 of the second period. Oren Eizenman added the Engineers second power-play goal and Chris Hussey scored five-on-five just 11 seconds after RPI had successfully killed a Brown power-play.
The Bears finally got on the board with a power-play goal of their own less than three minutes later when freshman Paul Baier (North Kingstown, RI) beat Andrew Martin over his left shoulder. Seniors Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) and Mike Meech (Coquitlam, BC) each earned assists on the goal.
The third period was all Brown, starting with a power-play goal from senior Gerry Burke (Milton, MA) at 8:39 of the period. His low-angle shot from the left face-off circle beat Martin to his glove-side and brought the Bears to within one. Freshman Brian McNary (Edmonton, ALB) and sophomore Antonin Roux (Danville, QUE) each earned their third assists of the year on the goal.
Less than five minutes later, at 13:09, Haggett scored the equalizer off a feed from sophomore Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT). Senior Chris Swon (Mendham, NJ) made a great play along the boards and passed Ihnacak the puck in the corner. Ihnacak sent the puck to Haggett in the slot, and he chipped it in for his fourth goal of the year.
Despite several chances for both teams in the final minutes, neither team could tally the go-ahead goal, and the game headed into overtime, which also remained scoreless for the final 3-3.
D'Alba made 34 saves in net for Brown, which continues action tomorrow evening when it hosts Union in a 7:00 p.m. ECACHL contest. It is the final Brown game of the semester before the Bears take a three-week exam break.
RENSSELAER 1 2 0 0 3
BROWN 0 1 2 0 3
First Period - R (PPG), Jake Luthi (Nick Economakos, Brad Farynuk), 17:36.
Penalties - R, 2-4; B, 3-6.
Second Period - R (PPG), Oren Eizenman (Kevin Broad, Chris Hussey), 4:46;
R, Chris Hussey (Oren Eizenman, Kevin Broad), 9:51;
B (PPG), Paul Baier (Les Haggett, Mike Meech), 12:40.
Penalties - R, 4-8; B, 2-4.
Overtime - No Scoring. Penalties - R, 0-0; B, 0-0.
R, Martin (65:00) - 8-9-5-3 - 25;
B, D'Alba (65:00) - 10-13-6-5 - 34