Ihnacak's junior season point total (nine) was
less than a third of his production as a rookie
Key Statistics: Ihnacak
ranks as Brown's career points leader entering this
season with 62, but 30 of those points came in his freshman
campaign. His point total slipped to 23 as a sophomore
and just nine last year when he played in 15 games,
none of those after Jan. 20.
What He Does: When he's
in the lineup, he's a big-time scorer. For a team that
struggled to score goals (ranked 53rd nationally), and
was winless in 13 overtime games last season (0-6-7),
a boost to the offense will certainly help. If he can
regain his rookie form it will help Brown move out of
the basement of the ECAC Hockey League and improve on
a five-win season.
The Bigger Picture: In
his freshman year, Ihnacak shared the ECAC Hockey League's
Rookie of the Year award with Cornell's David McKee
and was drafted that summer by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
As you know, things went much better for McKee over
the last two seasons. Ihnacak played in fewer than half
of the team's games. When head coach Roger Grillo was
asked why Ihnacak wasn't in the lineup he said, "That's
Head coach Roger Grillo on Ihnacak:
“I'm expecting some big things from Brian
this year. He's a talented kid that can put the puck
in the net. I talked to him a couple of weeks ago and
he's working hard and excited about the season."