CANTON, NY – Looking to snap a five-game skid, the Brown men's hockey team (8-12-4, 6-10-1) scored just 46 seconds into the game and never looked back, building a 4-0 lead en route to a 5-1 victory over St. Lawrence (9-15-5, 5-11-1) on Saturday evening at Appleton Arena. With the win, the Bears remain in the hunt for home ice for the 2011 ECAC Hockey playoffs. With five games left, Brown sits in ninth place, two points behind eighth-place Clarkson and three points behind seventh-place Quinnipiac. The Bears are two ahead of St. Lawrence and own the tie-breaker with the Saints after sweeping the season series. The freshman duo of Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) and Mark Hourihan (Lynnfield, MA) led Brown with a goal and an assist each, while junior Jarred Smith (Pepper Pike, OH) tallied a pair of assists.
Brown opened the game just 46 seconds in when senior David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ) converted a two-on-one rush with Smith for his sixth goal of the season. With the puck deep in the Bears' defensive zone, junior Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) chipped the puck off the glass and out of the zone to Smith along the left wing. Smith skated in on the two-on-one with Brownschidle on his right and opted to shoot. Saints' Robby Moss made the save, but the rebound went right to Farnham, who pushed the puck over to Brownschidle, who had the easy one-timer from the right post.
The Bears were all over St. Lawrence early in the period, building a 5-1 advantage in shots during the first four minutes and a 9-4 advantage by the midway point.
With 4:51 left in the frame, Brown extended its lead to 2-0 on a goal by sophomore Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ). After a faceoff win by junior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) to Moss' right, senior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) picked up the puck and skated along the boards towards the goal line. With Zaires in position at the top of the crease, Zolnierczyk threaded a pass through the middle that Zaires one-timed past Moss for his fifth goal of the year.
Brown finished with a 15-11 advantage in shots, as junior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) stopped all 11 shots, most of which came from the blueline or the neutral zone.
Brown did not let up early in the second period, outshooting St. Lawrence, 9-0, during the first four minutes and scoring two more goals, both by the freshmen line of Hathaway, Hourihan and Michael Juola (Lake Forest, CA).
Hourihan had the first one just 2:14 into the period, beating Moss over his left shoulder with a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle on a semi-breakaway. Hathaway started the play, seemingly coming out of nowhere on the backcheck to strip the puck away from a St. Lawrence player. After controlling the puck along the right boards, it was pushed back up towards the blueline by the Saints. Hourihan beat a St. Lawrence defender to the puck and raced ahead on a semi-breakaway before scoring his first collegiate goal.
Just 1:48 later, at 4:02, Hathaway put away the rebound of a shot by Smith, extending the lead to 4-0 with his fifth goal of the season. Junior Mike Wolff (Walpole, MA) also assisted the goal.
Moss made eight saves through the first eight minutes of the period, before getting replaced by Matt Weninger. From that point on, St. Lawrence gained some momentum, outshooting Brown, 10-3, during the final 12 minutes of the period.
The Saints spoiled Clemente's shutout bid at 3:41 of the third period, scoring 19 seconds after St. Lawrence's fourth power play chance had expired. The Bears were unable to clear the zone and Aaron Bogosian beat Clemente from the left faceoff circle to make it a 4-1 game.
However, the Hathaway-Juola-Hourihan line, answered for Brown just 1:35 later to ensure any momentum the Saints might have gained from the goal remained in the Bears' favor. Hourihan skated the puck into the zone and was denied by Weninger. But the rebound popped out to Hathaway on the right post. Instead of shooting, Hathaway sent the puck back into the slot, where junior Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) came crashing in and one-timed it past the Saints' goalie to account for the 5-1 final.
Clemente finished with 33 saves to earn the win, while Moss and Weninger combined to stop 31 Bears' shots, as Brown held a 36-34 shot advantage for the game. Brown returns to action on Friday, February 18 when it travels to Princeton for a 7:00 p.m. contest with the Tigers. The Bears will face Quinnipiac on Saturday, February 19, in their final regular-season road contest, as they close out the year with three straight games at home.
BROWN 2 2 1 x - 5
ST. LAWRENCE 0 0 1 x - 1
First Period – B, Brownschidle (Farnham, Smith), 0:46; B, Zaires (Zolnierczyk, Maclellan), 15:09. Penalties – B, 1-2; S, 1-2.
Second Period – B, Hourihan, 2:14; B, Hathaway (Smith, Wolff), 4:02. Penalties – B, 2-4; S, 0-0.
Third Period – S, Bogosian (K. Flanagan, Carey), 3:41; B, Buvinow (Hathaway, Hourihan), 5:16. Penalties - B, 3-6; S, 1-2.
B, Mike Clemente (60:00) – 11-10-12-x – 33; S, Robby Moss (28:00) – 13-8-x-x – 21; S, Matt Weninger (32:00) – x-3-7-x – 10.
Pictured: Mark Hourihan '14. Photo by DSPics.net.