Brown scores three unanswered goals in tie against No. 8 Cornell

Brown scores three unanswered goals in tie against No. 8 Cornell

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Facing a three-goal deficit entering the third period, the Brown men's hockey team scored three goals in a 53-second span to even the score, as the Bears tied league-leading No. 8 Cornell, 3-3, in ECAC action Friday night at Meehan Auditorium.
 
Brown (10-10-4, 7-6-4) earned a point in ECAC play and improved to 8-3-1 over the last 12 games. Cornell moved to 15-6-3, 11-3-3.
 
Tommy Marchin (Algonac, Mich.) and Chris Berger(Buffalo, N.Y.) both scored and had two points apiece, while Colin Burston (Winnipeg, Manitoba) also scored for the Bears. Brown outshot the Big Red, 29-28.
 
Luke Kania (Chicago, Ill.) made 25 saves in net for the Bears and Matthew Galajda had 26 stops for Cornell.
 
"It was an interesting game because we have higher aspirations than to tie Cornell," said head coach Brendan Whittet. "They're a very good hockey team and we didn't play with the urgency that we needed in the first two periods, but we certainly found our legs, that compete and drive in the third period. I give the guys a lot of credit and I'm very proud of them. That's a tough team to come back against."
 
Tristan Mullin gave the Big Red an early lead as he scored 22 seconds into the game. Mullin then assisted on Cornell's second goal at 7:35 of the period, when he corralled the puck after a turnover and set up Mitch Vanderlaan, giving the visitors the two-goal advantage. Kania denied Barron on a breakaway late in the frame to keep the Bears within two at the first intermission.
 
Matt Cairns blasted a shot from the point to give the Big Red a three-goal lead midway trough the second period.
 
The Bears evened the score early in the third period with three goals in a 53-second span, starting at 4:21, when Berger followed up a shot by Marchin and snuck home the rebound for his fifth of the season.
 
Brown took advantage of a turnover at 5:01 as Ben Taylor (Falmouth, Mass.) ripped a shot in front before Burston followed up with the rebound to trim the deficit to one goal, 3-2.
 
Marchin evened the score 13 seconds later as he fielded a pass from Tristan Crozier (Calgary, Alberta) and blasted a shot from the slot past Galajda for his seventh tally of the season.
 
Cornell was called for slashing with 3:33 left in the third period to give Brown its first power play of the game, but the Big Red kept the Bears at bay to force overtime. Galajda denied Jack Gessert (Novi, Mich.) during overtime before Kania returned the favor on Barron to maintain a tie game.
 
Cornell was called for another penalty with 11 seconds left in overtime, and Brown made it interesting with a faceoff win, but Galajda stopped a shot from Crozier to secure the draw.
 
Brown will host Colgate tomorrow at 7 PM.