Rensselaer Defeated Late by Brown

Rensselaer Defeated Late by Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Tim Lappin scored the game-winning goal with three seconds left in regulation to send the Brown University men's hockey team past Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 2-1, on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium. With the win, the Bears improve to 6-10-3 overall (5-8-0 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers drop to 4-17-4 (3-9-2 ECAC Hockey).

Lappin (Saint Charles, IL/Waterloo Black Hawks) broke the tie when he redirected a point shot from freshman Tony Stillwell (Green Bay, WI/Green Bay Gamblers) past RPI freshman netminder Linden Marshall (Victoria, BC/Trail Smoke Eaters) at the edge of the crease. The go-ahead tally, which was Lappin's sixth of the year, also drew an assist from junior winger Alex Brink (Hamilton, NY/Boston Jr. Bruins).

After a scoreless first period in which Brown held a 14-10 shot advantage, the Engineers were finally able to break the deadlock. Senior captain Jared Wilson (Calgary, AB/Vernon Vipers) netted a power play with just 35 seconds left in the frame to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Junior Brady Wiffen (St. Mary's, ON/Trenton Golden Hawks) won an offensive zone draw back to senior Mike Prapavessis (Oakville, ON/Toronto Patriots), who quickly snapped a pass across to the right point. Wilson took the feed and stepped into a hard wrist shot that made its way inside the left post for his sixth tally of the year.

Brown drew even at 1-1, midway through the third period. Senior Tyler Bird (Andover, MA/Kimball Union) was credited with his sixth goal of the season, when his centering pass caromed in off the skate of an RPI defenseman. Helpers went to sophomore Brent Beaudoin (Londonderry, NH/Islanders H.C.) and freshman Anea Ferrario (Ogden, UT/Sioux City Musketeers).

RPI finished 1 for 4 on the power play, while the Bears were 0 for 3. Brown freshman goaltender Luke Kania (Chicago, IL/Minnesota Wilderness) turned away 27 of the 28 shots he faced, with Marshall making 41 stops on 43 attempt on goal.

The Engineers are back on the ice tomorrow night, when they visit Yale University (7pm). Brown hosts Union tomorrow (7pm).