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Brown Athletics | April 19, 2017

Jack Kniffin’s OT goal lifts Brown over No. 20 Providence

  Brown continues its mastery over Providence, having now won 23 straight games over the Friars.

Providence, R.I. – Freshman Jack Kniffin scored on a pass from senior All-American Dylan Molloy with 3:16 left in the second overtime period to lead Brown to a 13-12 win over #20 Providence in an Ocean State Cup game at Chapey Field.

Brown (6-5 overall) continues its mastery over Providence (9-4), having now won 23 straight games over the Friars.

In the first overtime period, Brown freshman goalie Phil Goss made his 13th save of the game with 30 seconds left, and Friars' goalie Tate Boyce stopped Bears' senior Matt Graham with just three seconds left.

Brown won the face-off to open the second overtime and quickly moved to the goal.  Molloy took his man behind the goal and fed Kniffin in front, who found the back of the net for his second overtime goal of the season.

Molloy provided the offensive firepower for the Bears, scoring three goals and handing out two assists.  His 187 career goals rank ninth in the NCAA record book, while he became the 11th player in NCAA history to register 300 or more career points, now with 303 points.

Senior long stick middy Larken Kemp had two goals, an assist and six ground balls for the Bears.  His 53 career long pole points are second nationally only to Bryant's Mason Poli, who had 55 points from 2010-2013.

Overall, Brown dominated the face-off x, with junior Ted Ottens winning 21-of-29 face-offs, picking up eight ground balls and scoring his sixth goal of the season.

Austin Goltz posted his first career hat-trick for the Friars and finished the game with four goals, while Brendan Kearns and Sean Lahey netted two goals each.

Molloy scored Brown's first two goals to help the Bears to a 2-1 advantage at the 7:31 mark of the opening quarter.

The two teams exchanged goals, with Kearns scoring for the Friars and Ottens for the Bears at 3:53 for a 3-2 Brown lead.

That's when the Friars took control, outscoring the Bears, 5-0 over the next 18-plus minutes to pull ahead by a 7-3 margin with 47 seconds left in the half.  A goal by Brown's Luke McCaleb with one second remaining cut the Providence lead to 7-4 at the half.

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The next 15 minutes saw another explosion of goals, with Brown getting back in the game, first cutting the Friars lead to one goal, 9-8, on a goal by sophomore Jackson Newsome with 2:20 remaining, and then again on a goal by Stephen Hudak with two seconds left to trail 10-9 after three quarters.

Goltz netted his fourth goal early in the fourth quarter to give the Friars an 11-9 advantage, but Newsome scored for the Bears with 6:35 remaining to cut the Providence lead to 11-10.

Kniffin tied the game for the Bears, 11-11, on a feed from McCaleb with 2:37 remaining.

Junior long stick middy Jake Miller gave Brown its first lead since the first quarter, 12-11, on a fast-break goal with 1:56 remaining on a pass from senior long stick defenseman Alec Tulett.

Lahey tied it up for the Friars, 12-12, on an unassisted goal with just 53 seconds left in regulation.

Brown hosts Cornell on April 22 in a game that has Ivy League Tournament implications.  A win by Brown would assure the Bears a berth in the Ivy Tournament. It's Senior Day, and face-off is 4:00 pm at Stevenson-Pincince Field in a game broadcast on the ILDN and ESPN3.