Pennsylvania vs. Brown
April 14, 2002
The Game Story:
Philadelphia - For the second-straight game, the Red and Blue took control of the fourth period, as late goals by Greg Voit, Jake Martin and Alex Kopicki allowed the Quakers to overcome a one-goal deficit with 2:44 remaining in the contest as Penn topped visiting-Brown, 11-9, at Franklin Field. The Red and Blue improved to 8-3 overall, the program's most wins since posting nine in 1989. The Quakers also closed out the 2002 Ivy League campaign with a 3-3 mark.

Trailing by one goal with 2:44 left in the contest, Penn's Mike Iannacone fed Voigt from behind the cage and set up the first-year attackman perfectly in front of Bears' goalkeeper Mike Levin, who had no chance to stop Voigt, who scored his sixth goal of the season. It was also Voigt who four days ago notched the game winner against Lehigh in Penn's 7-6 victory. This time his goal pulled the Quakers even at 9-9 with less than three minutes to play.

One minute and twenty-seven seconds later pure bedlam erupted in Franklin Field and on the Red and Blue sideline as Martin bounced one past Levin from in front of the Brown goal. The score gave the Quakers a 10-9 lead with 1:17 to go in the game. However, Penn was not about to nurse its slim margin as Kopicki netted his ninth of the season just 23 seconds after Martin gave the Red and Blue the lead.

Although Brown tallied twice in the fourth period, Penn controlled the play for almost the entire 15 minutes, as the Quakers went five-for-five on clears and won six-of-seven faceoffs on the strength of the strong play of Ethan Haire, who went 14-7 on draws during the day.

Penn held a one-goal margin at the half, 5-4, when Scott Solow took a Will Phillips pass and notched his second goal of the game with just 1:19 to go in the second period. Martin extended the Red and Blue lead to two goals 3:44 into the third period, as the senior middie tallied his career-high eighth goal of the season. Martin finished the contest with nine goals on the year after netting his second of the game in the fourth.

Trailing by two, at 6-4, Brown roared back, scoring four unanswered goals to close out the third and begin the fourth, as Brian Miller, Jon Thompson and Chas Gessner all scored in the final 7:44 of the third period to give the Bears a one-goal lead heading into the fourth period.

Gessner's second goal of the game just 3:36 into the fourth gave Brown a two-goal lead early into the final period of play. Penn drew back within one as Solow put home the rebound of an Iannacone shot as he was getting drilled to the ground by Brown's Matt Grosso. Grosso was whistled for an illegal body check and Penn earned its first man-up advantage of the contest.

With the momentum clearly going their way, the Quakers capitalized on the man-up opportunity just 18 seconds into the 1:00 advantage as Solow recorded his game-high fourth point of the contest setting up Bob Graustein who blew past his third goal of the season past Levin to knot the game at 8-8, 5:13 into the fourth period. The goal was Penn's third man-up score in its last nine advantages.

Three minutes later Gessner was called for an illegal body check, but the Quakers could only muster one shot during the attempt. Brown's Michael Hughes was able to put one past Penn goaltender Ryan Kelly on a nice feed from Sean Dimin as the Bears were able to regain a one-goal lead with just 4:13 to play. Neither team was able to build a lead over two goals during the course of the game as there were six lead changes throughout the contest.

Iannacone opened up the game's scoring 46 into the first period as he rocketed his 15th goal of the season past a stunned Levin. Brown was able to get that one back 2:23 later when Miller scored the first of his two goals. Iannacone's second tally of the period allowed Penn to regain its lead, which was further bolstered when Solow netted his first of the contest off a pass from Sonny Sarker.

The Bears knotted things up at three when they scored two goals in less than a minute as Jimmy Mormile and Miller both tallied with 1:51 left in the first, but the score would not remain tied. After carrying the ball up field in transition, Penn defenseman Evan Weinberg dished off a pass to Zandy Reich who found a whole with just two seconds left in the period to give Penn a 4-3 lead. It was the first of three last-minute goals in the game, as Brown scored with 56 seconds left in third and Kopicki found the net with 54 left in the fourth.

Penn tested Brown netminder Levin at every opportunity launching 17 of their game-high 45 shots in the first period. The fourth period saw the Quakers rifle 13 shots on the Brown net. Levin stepped up to the call most of the time, turning aside 16 Penn shots and keeping his team in the game early on. Kelly finished with nine saves for Penn, including one huge stop during Brown's only man-advantage in the third period as the Quakers' were protecting a two-goal lead. The successful kill gave the nation's top-rated man-down defense its 32nd stop out of 37 attempts (86.4 percent).

Syracuse comes to Franklin Field as the Red and Blue enter their final two games of 2002 on April 19. Faceoff time is 3:30 p.m.