Comeback comes up short, RPI falls to Brown

Comeback comes up short, RPI falls to Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman goaltender Owen Savory made 36 saves, but the Brown University men's hockey team was able to hold off Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 2-1, on Saturday night and Meehan Auditorium. With the win, the Bears improve to 2-6-3 overall (2-4-2 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers drop to 4-11-0 (3-5-0 ECAC Hockey).

After a scoreless opening period in which Brown held a 12-4 shot advantage, the Bears struck for the first goal of the contest at 1:26 of the second. Joachim Weberg found a loose puck just outside the RPI crease and tapped it home for his second goal of the season.

Three minutes later, Brown doubled its advantage, when Justin Jallen got loose on a breakaway, before snapping a shot past Savory, glove side. Jallen's fifth goal of the season drew an assist from Tristan Crozier.

The Engineers drew to within 2-1 at 14:45 of the period on a redirection in front of the net by senior Brady Wiffen. A shot from the top of he left circle by freshman Nick Bowman was tipped past Brown netminder Gavin Nieto. Junior Will Reilly also registered an assist on the play.

RPI had a number of opportunities to draw even in the third period, beginning with a point-blank shot by junior Todd Burgess that Neito was able to keep out, five minutes in. Four minutes later, on the power play, Reilly found the pipe with a shot from the top of the right circle.

Freshman Tommy Lee was denied scoring his first collegiate goal with just under eight minutes to play, when he got on the end of an end wall carom and flipped a backhander on goal. Neito was able to keep it out and cover.

The Engineers then turned in their best chance of the period with a little over four minutes left, when Wiffen got free on the right side of the crease, only to be stoned by Nieto with the glove, after receiving a cross-ice feed from Burgess.

RPI pulled Savory for an extra attacker with two minutes left in regulation, but could not find the equalizing goal.

Nieto (2-4-1) finished with 21 saves, including 11 in the third period. Savory (1-4-0) made 12 stops in the first and 16 in the second, before an eight-save third.

The Engineers are back on the ice on December 28 and 29, when they play in the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt. RPI faces Northeastern (4pm), before dueling the hosts from Vermont (7pm).