Brown hockey falls to Cornell 4-2

Photo provided by Brown University
Photo provided by Brown University

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rookie Trey Dodd gave the Brown men’s hockey team an early lead, but Cornell answered with four straight goals as the Bears fell to the Big Red, 4-2, in Friday night’s ECAC contest at Meehan Auditorium.

Cornell picked up its first win of the season to improve to 1-2-1, while Brown moved to 0-5 overall.

In addition to Dodd, Max Willman (Barnstable, Mass.) also scored a power-play goal for the Bears. Rookie Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) made 19 saves in the loss, before giving way to Tim Ernst (Pickering, Ontario), who played the third period. Mitch Gillam made 22 saves in the win for the Big Red.

Dodd opened up the scoring at 5:33 in the first period for his first career goal. Zach Giuttari (Warwick, R.I.) rifled a shot that missed the net and slid back into the slot, where Dodd gathered, spun and beat Gillam for the 1-0 lead. Tyler Bird (Andover, Mass.) was also credited with an assist on the play.

Alec McCrea evened the score at 10:54 when he blasted a shot past Nieto for his first of the year. The two teams were even in shots, 7-7, in the opening 20 minutes.

Brown opened the second period with back-to-back penalty kills, but Beau Starrett scored midway through stanza at 9:02 for the first of three Cornell goals in the period, as he tipped in a rebound from an angle in front of the net.

Connor Murphy added an unassisted goal at 12:52 when the sent a puck at the net that tapped off a Brown stick and into the net. Alex Rauter scored the third goal of the period at 18:25 to give Cornell the three-goal advantage at the second intermission.

Facing a three-goal deficit, Brown pulled Ernst at the start of a power play with six minutes remaining for the 6-on-4, and it paid off when Willman scored the extra-attacker goal at 14:25. Charlie Corcoran (New Canaan, Conn.) was set up next to the net and slid a puck in front of the crease, where Willman scored his second of the season.

Brown pulled Ernst again during another power play at the end of the period, setting up and other 6-on-4, but the Big Red held off the attack to secure the victory.

Brown will host Colgate tomorrow at 4 PM.