Nov. 17, 2003
Brown University freshman Brian Ihnacak (Toronto, ONT) was honored as the ECAC Rookie of the Week (11/17), helping to lead the Bears to a weekend sweep of Yale (6-0) and Princeton (5-1). Senior Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE) and junior Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) were named to the Honor Roll.
Ihnacak, who leads the Bears with seven points this year, notched six points over the weekend on three goals and three assists, while finishing with a "+3" rating. Against Yale, he scored his first career goal on the power-play to give Brown a 2-0 lead late in the first period. He added his second point of the game early in the third, assisting on Haggett's power-play goal to give Brown a 5-0 lead. The next night, he was named 1st Star of the Princeton game, scoring two goals, including the game-winner, and notching two assists. He scored one even-strength goal and one power-play goal, while assisting on both of Brent Robinson's power-play goals. Ihnacak currently leads the team with three goals, four assists, seven points, and two power play goals, and leads the ECAC in power-play points with six.
Danis, who earned ECAC Goalie of the Week two weeks ago, was recognized on the Honor Roll for the second straight week. The All-America and Hobey Baker Candidate stopped 51 of 52 shots over the weekend, including all 31 he faced against Yale (with a 13-save first period) to earn his school record 10th career shutout, while earning third star honors. It also marked his second straight shutout over Yale after blanking the Bulldogs, 4-0, in the decisive game of the 2003 ECAC Quarterfinal series. The next night, Danis posted 20 saves in the win over Princeton, holding the Tigers scoreless for 53 minutes before allowing his first goal in 161:30, spanning over three games. He has allowed just four goals, in five games, on 132 (128 saves) for a 0.80 GAA, and a .970 save percentage, leading the country in both categories.
Haggett, who played in his first two games of the season, after missing Brown's first three with an injury, also earned a spot on the Honor Roll after a five-point (1g,4a) weekend. He tallied an assist on the second Brown goal against Yale, a power-play tally by Ihnacak, and then gave Brown a 5-0 lead early in the third period with a power-play tally of his own, earning second star honors. The next night against Princeton, Haggett set up two Robinson power-play tallies and one power-play goal by Ihnacak to earn third star honors. He is currently second on the team with 1-4-5 numbers, all of which he notched on the power-play, and leads the team with four assists.
Brown will look to continue its fast start next Tuesday when it takes on cross-town rival Providence College in the 18th Annual Mayor's Cup battle. The game, which will be broadcast live on Cox3, will be played at the Friars' Schneider Arena and begins at 7:00 p.m.