CANTON, NY – The Brown men's hockey team (7-7-3, 4-4-2) utilized a dominating second period to break open a 0-0 game and earn a 4-1 win over St. Lawrence (8-12-3, 4-6-1) on Sunday afternoon at Appleton Arena. Originally scheduled for Friday, January 13th, the game was moved to the 15th after a winter storm and ensuing power outages affected the North Country on Thursday and Friday.
Senior Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) led Brown with three points (1g, 2a), while junior Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner. Senior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) recorded 22 saves in picking up his third win in a row over the Saints. In addition, freshman Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) moved into Brown's all-time top-10 goals scored by a rookie with his eighth of the season, while senior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) picked up his 50th career assist.
With the three-point weekend, the Bears moved from 11th place in the ECAC Hockey standings to a tie, with Harvard, for 8th place. Clarkson, which beat Yale on Sunday, is now tied with the Bulldogs for 6th place, as that duo sits one point ahead of the Bears and Crimson.
Following a scoreless first period, during which St. Lawrence outshot Brown by a 9-7 margin and had two late power play chances, including a 50-second five-on-three, the Bears came alive in the decisive second period, outshooting the Saints, 18-6, and building a 2-0 advantage.
Jacobson got the Bears on the board at the 3:19 mark, scoring his eighth goal of the season. Skating up the ice on a late-developing three-on-two, Maclellan started the play by passing up to freshman Matt Lorito (Oakville, ONT) on the left wing. Lorito centered the puck for Jacobson, who went to his back-hand and beat Matt Weninger from the top of the crease.
Brown extended its lead to 2-0 with 2:44 left in the period on a power play goal by Zaires. With the Bears sustaining pressure, freshman Kyle Quick (Buffalo, NY) sent the puck towards the net from the right point. Farnham took a shot from close-range, that Weninger saved. But, Zaires scooped up the rebound and pushed the puck past the Saints' netminder for his second goal of the year.
The Bears opened the third period with 58 seconds left on a power play and just four seconds after the man-advantage expired, Zaires scored his second of the afternoon, stretching Brown's lead to 3-0. Farnham and senior Jarred Smith (Pepper Pike, OH) both earned assists on the goal.
Lorito nearly gave Brown a 4-0 lead with about seven minutes left in regulation on the Bears' fifth power play. With the top unit on the ice, the Bears held possession in the zone for nearly 90 seconds. Lorito had a great look from the left faceoff circle, but his wrist shot hit the cross bar to keep the score at 3-0.
Seconds later, St. Lawrence would go up on its fifth power play and Patrick Raley converted on the man-advantage when his shot from the center of the blueline got through traffic in front and behind Clemente with 5:36 left in the game.
The Saints pulled Weninger with 2:11 remaining in favor of the extra attacker and Farnham scored an unassisted empty net goal 70 seconds later to clinch the 4-1 win for the Bears.
For the game, Clemente finished with 22 saves, while Weninger made 29 for the Saints. Brown returns home next weekend to host RPI and Union in a pair of 7:00 p.m. game Friday and Saturday.
BROWN 0 2 2 x - 4
ST. LAWRENCE 0 0 1 x - 1
First period – No Scoring. Penalties – B, 3-6; S, 1-2.
Second period – B, Jacobson (Lorito, Maclellan), 3:19; B, Zaires (Farnham, Quick), PP, 17:16. Penalties – B, 1-2; S, 4-8.
Third Period – B, Zaires (Smith, Farnham), 1:02; S, Raley (Hughes, Doherty), PP, 14:24; B, Farnham (unassisted), EN, 18:59. Penalties – B, 2-4; S, 1-2.
B, Mike Clemente (60:00), 9-6-7-x – 22; S, Matt Weninger (60:00), 7-16-6-x – 29.
Pictured: Bobby Farnham '12. Photo by DSPics.net.