Oct. 14, 2006
PROVIDENCE, RI - After just one day of official practice, the Brown men's ice hockey team suited up for the annual Brown vs. White Scrimmage. Senior captain Sean Dersch (Edmonton, ALB) scored with 1:42 remaining in the second half to lift the Brown team to the win in a game of one 25-minute half and one 18-minute half.
The Brown team jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 6:00 into the game when junior Brian McNary (Edmonton, ALB) scored the first unofficial goal of the season. Junior David Robertson (Saunderstown, RI) started the play when he dumped the puck in behind the net to freshman Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC). Volpatti hit McNary with a feed from behind the net and McNary back-handed the puck past sophomore Mark Sibbald (Ridgeway, ONT).
Just under four minutes later, at 9:51, junior Jeff Prough (Farmington Hills, MI), last year's leading scorer, beat freshman goalie Tristan Favro (Westfield, NJ) on a penalty shot as the White team tied the game at 1-1. Prough increased the White team's lead to 2-1 at 12:32 of the first half, when he batted a loose puck out of the air and past Favro.
Dersch scored his first of two goals for the Brown team to tie the game at 2-2 at 16:34 of the first half when he knocked in the rebound of a blistering shot from sophomore Mike Stuart (Rome, NY) from the left point.
The two teams appeared headed for a tie, battling back-and-forth during the second period. However, with just 1:42 left to play, Dersch scored a goal worthy of a highlight reel to win it for the Brown team. Junior Todd Johnson (Riverside, CT) started the sequence when he connected with sophomore Sean Muncy (Chesterfield, MO) in the slot. Muncy fired a shot on net and the rebound bounced out to Dersch, who one-timed the puck top-shelf into an open net.
The White team posted a 28-21 advantage in shots on goal during the two periods. All three goalies played for each team. Freshman Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) notched nine saves, allowing just one goal. Favro posted 18 saves and allowed two goals, while Sibbald recorded 20 saves and allowed two goals.
In the penalty shot series, Prough was the only player to score on his attempt. Rosen and Favro each made two saves, while Sibbald made one,
The Bears will face Harvard in an informal scrimmage on Wednesday evening in Cambridge and will play their first full game next Saturday, October 21, when they host Trois Rivieres in a 2:00 p.m. exhibition game.