NEW HAVEN, CT – On the strength of 28 saves from rookie netminder Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) and a pair of goals from senior Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) and junior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) the Brown men's hockey team (1-1-0) earned its first win of the young season with a 2-1 decision over Princeton (0-2-0) Saturday afternoon as part of the Ivy Showcase. The result will count in the regular season record for both Brown and Princeton, but will not count towards ECAC Hockey or Ivy League standings.
The Tigers would score the game's first goal, as Matt Arhontas beat De Filippo on just the second shot the rookie netminder faced 4:28 into the game.
The two teams would trade opportunities throughout much of the remainder of the period, which saw Princeton limit the Bears to just a single shot on the only man-advantage situation for either team seven minutes in.
After having been outshot, 10-6, in the first period, the Bears picked up their intensity in the second and narrowed the shot deficit to 13-12 in favor of the Tigers by the midway point of the frame.
The Bears had a particularly dangerous stretch in the eighth minute of play during which Maclellan and sophomore Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) had back-to-back short-handed opportunities saved by Mike Condon.
Maclellan broke the tie just 43 seconds into the third period when he stole the puck from a Princeton player, skated end-to-end, and beat Condon top-shelf glove side for his first goal of the season.
The two teams continued to battle and things got interesting with 5:47 remaining in the game when Maclellan was assessed with a five-minute penalty and a game-misconduct, essentially giving the Tigers a man-advantage for the remainder of the game.
Brown was able to kill the first four-and-a-half minutes of the power-play and with 35 seconds left in the man-advantage, Princeton pulled Condon for a two-player advantage, which the Bears also successfully killed to hold on for the win.
De Filippo finished with 28 saves to earn his first career victory and Brown's first of the season, while Condon made 21 saves for the Tigers. Brown returns to action next weekend when it hosts Quinnipiac in the 2010-11 ECAC Hockey opener on Friday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. The Bears will then face Princeton on Saturday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the second of only two home games during the month of November.
BROWN 1 0 1 x - 2
PRINCETON 1 0 0 x - 1
First Period – P, Arhontas (Pallis, Calof), 4:28; B, Fratkin (Zolnierczyk, Farnham), 18:35. Penalties –B, 0-0; P, 1-2.
Second Period – No Scoring. Penalties – B, 2-4; P, 1-2.
Third Period – B, Maclellan, 0:43. Penalties – B, 2-15; P, 1-2.
B, Marco De Filippo (60:00) – 9-9-10-x – 28; P, Mike Condon (58:26) – 5-9-7-x – 21.
Pictured: Jesse Fratkin '11. Photo by DSPics.net.