Brown Club Hockey Places 4th in Ivy League Tournament

Brown Club Hockey Places 4th in Ivy League Tournament

Every team played the other teams in their group plus one crossover game. The top two teams advanced out of their group into the semifinals. The #1 seed in Group A played the Group B #2 seed in one semifinal, and the #2 seed in Group B played the Group B #1 seed in the other semifinal. The winners of semifinals played in championship game while the losers played in the third place game. The bottom team in each group played for fifth place.

 Yale 3, Brown 2

 Brown kicked off the tournament on Friday night, but got off to a less than ideal start losing 3-2 to Yale in a game that was close throughout. Alex Behnke ’17 scored the goal of the tournament with a bar down snipe from what looked like a zero-angle position to the right of the net. Jake Miller ’18 scored the other, the first of his team tournament-high 5 goals.
 

Brown 4, Dartmouth 2

 Brown needed a strong response in their must-win Saturday afternoon game against Dartmouth. With Dartmouth losing to Harvard in their Friday night game, a loss would eliminate the Bears from the semifinals while a win would seal their place; Dartmouth faced the same situation. With both teams fighting for survival, the game was predictively close and physical. However, in the end, Brown got the result they needed, winning 4-2, including an empty net goal in the end by junior sniper Adam Gottesman ’16. Senior captain Jay Xu ’15 showed why he is considered a big game player, generating numerous offensive chances while playing disciplined defense, and carried the team with a two-point performance (0G, 2A). Four different players scored for the Bears, showing the team's depth.

Harvard 4, Brown 2

 

Having sealed their place in the semifinals, the Bears played tournament favorites Harvard on Saturday night, who lost a close encounter to Columbia earlier in the day. Each team was 1-1 at that point, so the winner of this game would top Group B while the loser would take second in Group B as Dartmouth was already eliminated. Harvard’s discipline and depth in their lines proved to be too much for the Bears as they won Group B with a 4-2 victory. Jake Miller kept the Bears close with two goals, including a Sportscenter Top 10 worthy first, in a wonderful solo performance

Princeton 5, Brown 4 (shootout)

 Sunday afternoon, the Bears played Princeton University, who topped Group A, in the first semifinal game. Princeton carried a 4-2 lead late into the game with the Bears struggling to generate quality scoring opportunities throughout the entire game. With less than 5 minutes remaining in the game and the Bears desperate for a goal, top defensive pairing Jay Xu and Jake Miller joined forward Khalil Fuller ’14.5 on the top line in a desperate attempt to pull back a goal. This decision paid immediate dividends as on their first shift, Jay Xu scored a crucial goal from the left after great work in front by Khalil Fuller. Brown’s “desperation line” generated the offensive spark the Bears needed as shortly after, the Bears completed their dramatic comeback after a rebound in front was jammed home. It would stay 4-4 until the end of regulation. After a scoreless five minute overtime period, there was a 3 person shootout. Princeton, who went first, instantly put Brown on their heels by scoring their first. Jay Xu, Brown's number one in the shootout order, tied it at 1, displaying his immense skill by bamboozling the Princeton goalie with a top shelf backhand deke. After Princeton's second shooter scored, the Bears suffered really back luck with Khalil Fuller breaking his stick in the act of shooting, giving the Princeton goalie a free save. Jake Miller, Brown’s third designated shooter, wasn’t allowed a chance to respond, with the third Princeton shooter scoring, sealing their place in the championship game.

Columbia 5, Brown 2

 After the heartbreaking loss to Princeton, the Bears played Columbia University in the 3rd place game. Brown took an early 1-0 lead, but Columbia proved the superior team, running away with a 5-2 victory. Harvard, who beat Columbia 3-2 in the other semifinal, ended up winning the tournament, beating Princeton 2-1 in the Championship Game.
 
 
 The Bears had several excellent individual performances over the course of the weekend. Wisconsin natives Jay Xu (1G, 3A) and Jake Miller, the tournament's best player, (5G, 1A) led the team in scoring and formed arguably the best defensive pairing in the entire tournament, Alex Behnke had the best goal of the tournament with his goal against Yale, Veteran forwards Khalil Fuller, Pat Holland-Stergar ’15, and Adam Gottesman ‘16 generated consistent offense every game, James Konsky and Ben Pruzan ’17 both had stellar tournaments in goal for the Bears, the team's female players Jenn Nedow (M’15), Nicki

Driscoll ‘16, Mariah Snustad ‘16, and Mikaela Karllson ‘18 were simply outstanding, and the list goes on.

 

The tournament was sponsored by Harrow Sports who donated $500 worth of tournament T-shirts to all players in the tournament. Brown Club Hockey would like to thank them for their generosity.