November 11, 2011

Maclellan’s Pair Lifts Bears to 2-1 Upset over #9 Union

Post-Game press conference with captain Jack Maclellan '12 and head coach Brendan Whittet '94 available here.

SCHENECTADY, NY –
Senior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) scored a pair of goals 3:55 apart during the last four minutes of the first period to help erase an early 1-0 deficit and lead the Brown men's hockey team (3-2-0, 2-1-0) to a 2-1 win over #9 Union (5-2-3, 2-1-0) on Friday evening at Union's Messa Rink.

"We talked about getting off to a good start," said head coach Brendan Whittet '94. "It was anything but. They were taking it to us pretty good and they had us running around. It's hard when you give up a goal 15 seconds in. As that period wore on, I thought we got better. We started winning some battles. The positive was we come out leading 2-1, despite getting outplayed early. I thought we got better as the game wore on."

The Dutchmen took a 1-0 lead just 32 seconds after the opening faceoff, as Daniel Carr collected the puck from Kelly Zajac on a feed from behind the cage, and knocked it past senior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) from the slot for his second goal of the year.

The Bears had their first chance of the period with just about eight minutes left when junior Richie Crowley (Canton, MA) sent the puck into the zone for sophomore Michael Juola (Lake Forest, CA) on the right wing. Juola wristed a shot from the top of the right circle that beat Union's Colin Stevens, but clanged off the near post, keeping Brown off the board.

Then, on their next good chance of the frame, Maclellan put away the third chance after Stevens saved shots by seniors Mike Wolff (Walpole, MA) and Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA).

Brown earned its first power play chance with 58 seconds left in the period and Maclellan gave the Bears a 2-1 lead with his second of the night, scoring a beautiful goal from the left faceoff circle with 2.8 seconds remaining in the period.

Maclellan skated into the zone on the right side and headed for the left wing, stick-handling through the Union defense, before sending the puck up to sophomore Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) at the blueline. Wahl passed back to Maclellan at the left faceoff circle and he fired a wrist-shot over Stevens' glove.

Brown went up on its second man-advantage of the game 1:36 into the second period and freshman Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) nearly scored the Bears' third of the night with 45 seconds left on the power play. However, Stevens made a quick reaction save on Jacobson's one-timer from the edge of the crease on a centering feed by Maclellan.

Just 20 seconds later, Union's Matt Hatch raced in on a short-handed breakaway with sophomore Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, BC) trailing, but Clemente made the save to hold onto the 2-1 lead for Brown.

Stevens saved another attempt by the Bears to push the lead to two goals, picking up a lose puck in the crease just before senior Jarred Smith (Pepper Pike, OH) could get to it to knock it into a partially open net.

The Dutchmen opened the final period with 1:42 left on their third power play chance of the night and had another power play chance with seven minutes left in the period, but the Bears' penalty-kill was up to the task, keeping Union off the board in both chances.

Union pulled Stevens with 1:07 remaining in the period in favor of the extra attacker, but the Bears were able to hold on for the win, their second straight. Clemente, who finished with 24 saves, made a huge stop on a shot from Carr with just .8 seconds left, helping to preserve the win.

The Bears return to action tomorrow evening, Saturday, November 12th, when they travel to RPI to face the Engineers at 7:00 p.m.

BROWN                                    2            0            0            x            -            2
#9 UNION                                1            0            0            x            -            1

First period – U, Carr (Zajac, Simpson), 0:32; B, Maclellan (Farnham, Wolff), 16:02; B, Maclellan (Wahl, Robertson), PP, 19:57. Penalties – B, 1-2; U, 1-2.

Second period – No Scoring. Penalties – B, 2-4; U, 2-4.

Third Period – No Soring. Penalties – B, 2-12; U, 2-15.

Saves

B, Mike Clemente (60:00), 6-12-6-x – 24; U, Colin Stevens (58:45), 6-13-2-x – 21.

Pictured: Jack Maclellan '12. Photo by DSPics.net.