Cornell Leaves Brown With One Point After Emotional 3-3 Draw
Cornell (11-11-6, 9-8-4 ECAC) ended an emotional game in Providence Friday with a 3-3 tie against Brown (8-17-3, 5-13-3 ECAC). Brown dominated play at the start, jumping out to an early three-goal lead. The Big Red battled back to tie the game five minutes into the third period. The tie lasted through the end of regulation, sending the game into overtime.
Mitch Gillam, who started in goal for the Big Red, had a rough start as Brown scored 1:40 into the opening period. Brown Bears forward Zach Pryzbek deflected a kicked puck into the net behind Gillam. The goal was reviewed, as it appeared to have been kicked in, but was ruled a goal when the referees noticed the deflection.
The Bears extended their lead with a similar goal at 9:13 in the first period. Matt Lorito’s wraparound attempt sailed across the crease and Nick Lappin tapped in the puck. Brown’s third and final goal of the game came 13:38 into the first period. Pryzbek blasted the puck past Gillam stick-side, after which freshman Hayden Stewart entered the game to replace Gillam.
Cornell entered the first intermission down 3-0, but came out for the second period with renewed energy. From then on, Cornell controlled play and smothered Brown defensively. Matt Buckles opened scoring for the Big Red at 14:45 into the second period. Buckles carried the puck across the crease and lifted the puck past Brown’s netminder Tim Ernst.
The Big Red cut Brown’s lead down to one goal with less than two minutes left in the second period. Captain John McCarron deflected Jacob MacDonald’s shot from the point for his fourth goal of the year. Christian Hilbrich tied the game for Cornell 5:32 into the third period, finding the back of the net after tapping in the rebound of Ryan Bliss’ shot.
The score remained the same through the end of regulation. Cornell’s fans and players thought Cornell had won the game and stolen two points from a night that began badly for the Big Red after Cole Bardreau hammered home a lose puck in the crease. The team leapt onto the ice in raucous celebration; however, the referees immediately indicated that the goal would be reviewed. After a lengthy and tense delay, the referees ruled that it was a no-goal. With 13 seconds remaining in overtime, the teams set up for a neutral zone faceoff, but neither was able to cleanly control the puck and set up a last-ditch effort before the buzzer sounded.
Cornell outshot Brown 32-20, after recording only two shots during the first 20 minutes. There were few penalties called, with only six players being sent to the box.
Cornell will play Yale on Saturday in its last regular season game before preparing for a home playoff series next weekend.