Brown Falls in Hard-Fought Game at Cornell

Brown Falls in Hard-Fought Game at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Jake Harris (Toronto, Ontario) and Brent Beaudoin (Londonderry, N.H.) both scored but the Brown men's hockey team was edged at No. 18 Cornell, 3-2, in ECAC play Saturday night at Lynah Rink.
 
Brown (0-3-1, 0-2-1 ECAC) evened the score in the second period and pulled to within one goal in the third. Brown was a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. Cornell improved to 2-2-0, 2-0-0.
 
"We battled the top team in the ECAC for 60 minutes," said head coach Brendan Whittet. "The team played with confidence in a very tough road environment. We had great looks to get the equalizer but unfortunately ran out of time. We will get there. I believe in this team and will get right back to work on Monday preparing for a big game against an excellent Dartmouth team."
 
Junior Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) posted 31 saves for his second straight night with 30-plus stops. Matthew Galajda had 23 saves in the win for the Big Red.
 
Brown held strong against an early Cornell attack to open the game, including a Big Red power play just over one minute into the period, as Nieto stopped 11 shots in the first stanza. Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play in the opening 20 minutes.
 
Cornell broke through at 1:10 in the second period, when Cam Donaldson sent a pass from behind the net to Matt Nuttle, who skated through the slot and beat Nieto for the lead.
 
Brown answered back with a power-play goal just over two minutes later at 3:48. Harris flicked a shot into the net that was swatted away by the stick of a Cornell skater, but after video review, it was determined that the puck crossed the goal line. Harris earned his first career goal on the play while Tristan Crozier (Calgary, Alberta) and Tony Stillwell (Green Bay, Wis.) picked up assists.
 
Cornell responded with two more goals in the middle period. Michael Regush finished a rush to the net at 8:39 before Morgan Barron scored on a rebound at 17:21 to give the home side a two-goal advantage.
 
Beaudoin scored 3:41 into the third period to pull the Bears within one goal. Justin Jallen (St. Paul, Minn.) sent a centering pass through the slot where Beaudoin was waiting for the one-timer past Galajda to secure his first tally of the season. Jallen earned his fourth point in as many games.
 
Brown killed two more penalties in the period and pulled Nieto with about a minute remaining for the extra skater, but Galajda denied Max Gottlieb's final bid to close the game.
 
Brown will host Dartmouth (11/9) and Harvard (11/10) next weekend.