PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Cornell came away with a thrilling overtime 2-1 win over Brown, thanks to junior forward Krzystof Wieckowski’s goal just 1:17 into the extra session.
After a Brown turnover at the Cornell blue line, a two on one developed with Wieckowski and Denis Ladouceur. Ladouceur made a nice feed to Wieckowski, who went in all alone and beat Brown’s Brian Eklund through the five-hole. The Cornell bench emptied to congratulate each other, while a stunned Brown team looked on in dismay. This was the fourth straight loss for the Bears, despite playing improved hockey.
“We’re playing good hockey,” Brown head coach Roger Grillo said. “I was happy our penalty kill was better. But we need to take the next step- and that is finishing a well-played game like this.”
Brown senior forward Doug Janjevich opened up the scoring 7:11 into the first. Janjevich fired a shot in on net, and, after a long scramble in front, buried a backhand into the vacated goal.
Cornell evened it at 1-1 early into the second. On a powerplay that carried over from the first, Sam Paolini, a sophomore forward, finally solved Eklund, who stood on his head in the first.
The rest of the second and the third remained scoreless. Despite many opportunities for both squads, including a few great chances for Brown midway through the third, neither team could get that go-ahead goal.
“Both goaltenders played great,” Cornell head coach Mike Schafer said. “It’s good to get out of here with a win. Brown is a tough squad, they’ve had some bad breaks.”
With the win, Cornell keeps pace with the other top teams in the ECAC. They will venture up to Cambridge to face Harvard tomorrow night, in a crucial matchup. Brown will host Colgate, in a must win situation if they are looking to make the post-season.