Dec. 29, 2007
STORRS, CT - Ferris State (8-8-1, 6-6-0 CCHA) scored twice in a span of less than five minutes midway through the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit and earn a 2-1 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (1-8-3, 1-3-3 ECAC) on Saturday afternoon at UConn's Freitas Ice Forum in first round action of the 2007 Toyota UConn Classic. Junior Mark Sibbald (Ridgeway, ONT) posted 39 saves, besting his previous career-high of 38, which he accomplished December 8th against Yale.
The Bears came out showing no ill effects from a three-week break and capitalized on a lucky bounce just 2:11 into the game to grab a 1-0 lead. Brown's third line of junior Ryan Garbutt (Winnipeg, MAN) and sophomores Jordan Pietrus (Vermilion, ALB) and Sean McMonagle (Oakville, ONT) battled to maintain possession in the Bears' offensive end. Ferris State briefly gained possession, but the puck bounced off a Brown stick and into the slot where Pietrus picked it up, waited for Pat Nagle to drop, and beat him stick-side high for his third goal of the year.
Despite getting outshot, 17-9, for the period, the score could have easily been 3-0 in favor of the Bears. However, McMonagle hit the post at 13:05 on a two-on-one break and then, with senior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI) wide open back-door, junior Sean Muncy's (Chesterfield, MO) centering feed bounced over Prough's stick near the end of the frame.
Ferris State's best opportunity came with just over four minutes remaining when Casey Haines beat Sibbald to a lose puck near the top of the left circle. With Sibbald still out of the net, Haines' shot hit the post as Brown was able to escape the threat.
The Bears trailed, 2-1, after the second after Ferris State scored twice in a span of 4:42, while outshooting Brown, 18-2, for the period. The Bears were fortunate to have not allowed more than the two goals as the Bulldogs had a two-man advantage for over two minutes early in the period. Brown took back-to-back penalties 34 seconds apart, giving Ferris State a five-on-three for 1:27 at the 7:03 mark. The Bears penalty-kill answered the challenge, but at 7:54 a third Brown penalty continued the five-on-three for another 34 seconds. Brown got one player back at 8:29 and then still had another 1:26 to kill, which it did.
However, just 1:03 after the last penalty expired, Adam Miller tied the game at 1-1, beating Sibbald glove-side low on a breakaway at 10:57. Less than five minutes later, at 15:39, Mike Fillinger scored his first career goal when he tipped the puck over an outstretched Sibbald. Both goals came before Brown had even taken a shot on goal as McMonagle finally forced Nagle to make a save with 3:19 left in the period.
The Bears, who outshot Ferris State, 8-6, in the third period, pulled Sibbald with 51 seconds remaining, but a Brown penalty 34 seconds later forced the Bears to put Sibbald back in net. Sophomore Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) won the defensive zone face-off and then Sibbald vacated the net with nine seconds left. The Bears nearly tied it just before time expired with Nagle out of position, but senior Paul Baier's (North Kingstown, RI) attempt from the edge of the crease went just wide, as the Bears dropped their sixth straight game.
Sibbald finished with a career-high 39 saves, including 17 in the first period, while Nagle stopped 18 shots for Ferris State. Brown closes out the 2007 portion of its schedule tomorrow afternoon when it will face the loser of tonight's Army/UConn match in the third place game at 4:00 p.m.
BROWN 1 0 0 x - 1
FERRIS STATE 0 2 0 x - 2
First period - B, Pietrus (Garbutt, McMonagle), 2:11. Penalties - B, 2-4; F, 1-2.
Second period - F, Miller (Embach, Jorgensen), 10:57; F, Fillinger (Zarb, Haines), 15:39. Penalties - B, 5-10; F, 3-6.
Third Period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 2-4; F, 2-4.
B, Mark Sibbald (59:15), 17-16-6-x - 39; F, Pat Nagle (59:56), 8-2-8-x - 18.