Brown tops Princeton in triple overtime, advances to ECAC Hockey quarterfinals

Brown tops Princeton in triple overtime, advances to ECAC Hockey quarterfinals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Alex Brink (Hamilton, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal 3:30 into triple overtime as the Brown men's hockey team topped ninth-seeded Princeton, 6-5, in game two of the ECAC First Round series Saturday night at Meehan Auditorium. Brown advances to the quarterfinals, with the opponent still to be determined.
 
Brown (13-13-5) won the longest game in program history, and 18th longest in NCAA Division I men's hockey history, to secure the series sweep over the Tigers and advance to the ECAC quarterfinals for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
 
The eighth-seeded Bears held a three-goal lead with 3:36 left in regulation, but the Tigers scored three extra-attacker goals to force overtime. Brown outshot Princeton, 54-40, including 28-13 in the three overtime periods.
 
"I give our guys a lot of credit because that was the craziest ending to regulation that I've seen in all my years of coaching and playing," said head coach Brendan Whittet. "It would be very easy to fold, but I thought we played some of our best hockey in the overtimes. I thought we did a great job creating and we created our opportunity in that overtime."
 
Brink added two assists for the three-point effort and defenseman Brady Schoo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) had two goals. Tommy Marchin (Algonac, Mich.), Justin Jallen (St. Paul, Minn.) and Colin Burston(Winnipeg, Manitoba) also scored, while Zach Giuttari (Warwick, R.I.) and Tony Stillwell (Green Bay, Wis.) had two assists apiece.
 
Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) made 35 saves in the win. Ryan Ferland, Jeremie Forget and Austin Shaw all saw time in net for the Tigers.
 
Jallen and Schoo gave a Bears a two-goal lead with back-to-back goals in a 30-second span. Jallen opened the scoring at 12:16 when he took a shot from the left circle that deflected off a Princeton skater and into the back of the net for his eighth tally of the season. Schoo made it a two-goal game 30 seconds later when he blasted a shot from the point for his fifth tally of the season.
 
Alex Riche scored a power-play goal late in the period to cut the Brown lead to 2-1 at the first intermission. Princeton tied the game midway through the second period when Ryan Kuffner scored on a feed from Riche to make it 2-2.
 
Marchin pushed the Bears back in front at 1:11 of the third period, when he tipped in Stillwell's shot for his ninth goal of the season. Chris Berger (Buffalo, N.Y.) also earned an assist.
 
Brown made it a two-goal game at 11:19, when Brink collected a loose puck behind the Princeton net and set up Burston, who buried the one timer for the 4-2 lead.
 
Princeton fought back with three extra-attacker goals in the final four minutes of the period, starting at 16:24, when Riche cut the deficit to two after Shaw was pulled for the extra skater. Kuffner scored at 17:41 before Jackson Cressey notched the game-tying goal with 49 seconds remaining to force overtime.
 
After two scoreless overtime periods, Brink lifted the Bears to victory at 3:30 of triple overtime, when he skated into the slot and sent a backhanded shot past Ferland for his sixth goal of the season.
 
Brown will play in the ECAC quarterfinals next weekend with an opponent still to be determined.