Bears Tie UMass-Lowell, 1-1, in First Round of Wells Fargo Denver Cup
Dec. 29, 2006
DENVER, CO - UMass-Lowell (3-10-5, 2-6-2 Hockey East) scored eight minutes after the Bears to knot the game at 1-1 midway through the second period and earn a 1-1 tie with the Brown men's ice hockey team (6-4-3, 3-3-1 ECACHL) on Friday afternoon in first round action of the Wells Fargo Denver Cup. The game officially counts as a tie, but Lowell advanced to the Championship game by virtue of a win in the shootout, which went two rounds. The shootout was tied 2-2 after the first round, but Lowell's first shooter, Jeremy Dehner scored the goal that would win it in the sudden-death second round after Brown was unable to tie the shootout with its first shooter.
The two teams played a scoreless first period of hockey with UMass-Lowell holding a 13-7 advantage in shots on goal and limiting the Bears with a solid forecheck.
Brown grabbed a 1-0 lead at 4:26 of the second period when sophomore Ryan Garbutt (Winnipeg, MAN) scored his first of the season, beating UMass-Lowell goalie Vinny Monaco with a back-hander through the five-hole. Freshman Jordan Pietrus (Vermilion, ALB) earned an assist on the goal, tallying his second point of the season.
However, the Riverhawks tied the game at 1-1 at 12:21 when Jason Tejchma capitalized 1:53 into a five-minute power-play for UMass-Lowell. Brown started that penalty-kill with a 49-second 5x3 to kill, before Tejchma tied the game.
The third period featured back-and-forth action with each team generating solid scoring chances and the game becoming a goaltenders' dual. The Bears started to gain an edge on the Riverhawks late in the game, earning several quality chances with less than eight minutes to play.
Brown earned a power-play opportunity with 4:08 remaining after sophomore Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) was tripped, but Lowell negated that advantage, drawing a penalty of its own just 34 seconds later.
Neither team could score during the final minutes of action as Brown, which tied UMass-Lowell 0-0 the last time the two teams faced each other, headed to its second straight overtime contest.
Freshman goalie Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) finished with a career-high 47 saves, while Monaco made 22 stops for UMass-Lowell. Brown concludes the non-league portion of its schedule tomorrow when it faces the loser of the Denver/Mercyhurst game at 4:05 p.m. MT.
BROWN 0 1 0 0 - 1
UMASS-LOWELL 0 1 0 0 - 1
First period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 0-0; L, 2-4.
Second period - B, Ryan Garbutt (Jordan Pietrus, Eric Slais), 4:26; L, PP, Jason Tejchma (Nick Schaus, Jeremy Dehner), 12:21. Penalties - B, 4-19; L, 1-2.
Third Period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 1-2; L, 1-2.
Overtime - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 0-0; L, 0-0.
B, Dan Rosen (65:00), 13-21-11-2 - 47; L, Vinny Monaco (65:00), 7-5-8-2 - 22.
Dehner (L) vs. Rosen (B) - save
Slais (B) vs. Monaco (L) - no shot
Falile (L) vs. Rosen (B) - save
Prough (B) vs. Monaco (L) - wide
Tejchma (L) vs. Rosen (B) - save
McMonagle (B) vs. Monaco (L) - save
Hall (L) vs. Rosen (B) - goal
Ihnacak (B) vs. Monaco (L) - goal
Schaus (L) vs. Rosen (B) - goal
Muncy (B) vs. Monaco (L) - goal
Second Round - Sudden Death
Dehner (L) vs. Rosen (B) - goal
Slais (B) vs. Monaco (L) - save