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Engineers Run into Hot Goalie

By Mike MacAdam

Schenectady Daily Gazette, January 3, 2004

TROY - Whether it was a loud clank or the sound of silence made no difference to Brown's Yann Danis.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had numerous scoring chances against him Friday night, but a puck off a post here and a whiffed shot there added up to another shutout for the goalie with the lowest goalsagainst average in the country.

Brown was outshot, 30-17, but got just enough offense to beat the Engineers at Houston Field House, 1-0.

Meanwhile, RPI's offensive struggles continued, as the Engineers went 0-for-8 on the power play and have scored three goals in their last three games, all losses. RPI is 3-3-1 in the ECAC and 8-8-2 overall heading into a 7 p.m. home game against Harvard today.

First-place Brown improved to 7-2-1 and 7-3-3.

"Pucks are going to start going our way again," RPI cocaptain Ben Barr said. "That's been our problem the last few games. He's a good goalie, but it's just a matter of being hungry around the net. I've had a lot of chances, a lot of guys have had a lot of chances. It'll come. We just have to believe that things will turn around."

The Bears' Nick Ringstad scored the only goal of the game, on the power play at 13:16 of the third period.

The Engineers had several good chances in the final minutes. Nick Economakos couldn't get good wood on a perfect diagonal pass to the right post from Kevin Croxton, then Danis stopped Barr on the doorstep with less than a minute left and RPI playing with an extra skater for goalie Nathan Marsters.

Croxton started a rush in the closing seconds and centered to Barr, who missed a one-timer from the slot. Barr followed the puck into the corner and centered to Kirk MacDonald, who whiffed with four seconds left.

That gave Danis his fourth shutout of the season and 12th of his career.

"Yann played extremely well for us," Brown coach Roger Grillo said. "It was an ugly road win. We're just not skating. But any goalie, that's his job, to keep you in games. He doesn't get rattled, and he doesn't get down on himself."

Danis gave credit to his defense for keeping his sightlines clear all night, allowing him to play the puck without being screened.

He missed one shot, though, a slap shot by defenseman Scott Basiuk from the right point late in the second period. It rang hard off the post.

"I didn't see that one," Danis said. "That's what I was telling one of our defensemen, it was the only shot in the game that I didn't see."

"I couldn't see it," Basiuk said. "I just tried to get it on net. It was kind of unlucky, and that's kind of how we were today."

"We just have to bear down in front of the net. Defensively, we're playing pretty well, but offensively, it's everybody. It starts with the 'D' men hitting the net, and then the forwards crashing the net."

It was Brown's first victory at Houston Field House in its last nine games, and its third in the last 16 overall meetings between the teams.