Men's Icers Fall to #1 North Dakota, 5-2, In First Round Action of Subway Classic

Men's Icers Fall to #1 North Dakota, 5-2, In First Round Action of Subway Classic

Dec. 27, 2002

GRAND FORKS, ND - The Fighting Sioux (17-1-1) scored three goals in the first period as North Dakota defeated the Brown men's ice hockey team (5-6-1), 5-2, in opening round action of the Subway Holiday Classic, hosted by the Fighting Sioux.

After almost four minutes of scoreless action, North Dakota took a 1-0 lead at the 3:58 mark of the opening period and Jason Notermann and Brandon Bochenski combined on a two-on-one to beat junior Yann Danis (Saint-Jerome, QUE) and open the game's scoring.

Bochenski increased North Dakota's lead to 2-0 less than four minutes later with a low-angle shot that snuck through Danis' legs at 7:07 of the first. Notermann gave the Sioux a 3-0 lead at 17:37 of the opening period with a power-play goal.

Senior Paul Esdale (Edmonton, ALB) notched his fifth goal of the year at 8:07 of the second stanza to get Brown on the board and cut North Dakota's lead to two goals. Classmate Keith Kirley (Leverett, MA) hit Esdale with a pass from behind the net and the defenseman went top-shelf, scoring his second goal in as many games.

Brown game to within one goal at 15:40 of the second as junior Scott Ford (Fort St. John, BC) fired a rocket from the blue-line that beat Fighting Sioux goalie Josh Siembida. The goal, Ford's second of the season, came on the power-play, and was assisted by Esdale.

The Fighting Sioux regained the two-goal lead at 8:51 of the third on a goal by David Lundbohm, and took a 5-2 lead at 17:04 of the final stanza as Bochenski completed a hat-trick with North Dakota's second power-play goal of the night.

For the game, Danis finished with 25 saves. Brown will continue action at the Subway Holiday Classic, tomorrow when the Bears face Manitoba at 5:00 p.m. in the third place game. As the University of Manitoba is Canadian, the contest will not count towards the Bears' overall record or cumulative stats.

BROWN			0	2	0	x	--	2
NORTH DAKOTA 3 0 2 x -- 5

First period - UND, Brandon Bochenski (Jason Notermann, David Lundbohm) 3:58,
UND, Brandon Bochenski 7:07,
UND (PPG), Jason Notermann (Kevin Spiewak, Rory McMahon), 17:37;
Penalties - BR, 1-2; UND, 1-2.

Second period - BR, Paul Esdale (Keith Kirley), 8:07,
BR (PPG), Scott Ford (Paul Esdale), 15:40;
Penalties - BR, 2-4; UND, 1-2.

Third period - UND, David Lundbohm (Brandon Bochenski, Jason Notermann), 8:51,
UND (PPG), Brandon Bochenski (James Massen, David Lundbohm), 17:04;
Penalties - BR, 1-2; UND, 2-4.

BR, Yann Danis, 6-12-7 -- 25 (60:00); UND, Josh Siembida, 7-4-1 -- 12 (60:00)

Records - BR, 5-6-1, 5-5-1 ECAC; UND, 17-1-1, 8-1-1 WCHA.

Attendance - 11,413 (Engelstad Arena).