PROVIDENCE, RI – Freshman Nick Lappin (Geneva, IL) and sophomore Matt Lorito (Oakville, ONT) both scored their first goals of the season and junior goalie Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) recorded 24 saves to help lead the Brown men's hockey team (1-0-0) to a 2-1 win over Princeton (0-1-0) in the season opener for both teams. Played as part of the sixth annual Ivy Showcase, the result counts as a non-league contest for both teams though it does not count in ECAC Hockey or Ivy standings.
The win gives fourth-year head coach Brendan Whittet '94 his first season-opening victory as the Bears' bench boss.
"I thought we had a great few weeks of preparation," said Whittet. "We came out hard the first period and put them on their heels. Honestly, that was the best period of hockey I have seen Brown play since I've been here. It was good, very, very good and I was happy with that."
Brown dominated the first period, outshooting the Tigers 27-11 overall, and 11-6 on goal. Sophomore Matt Lorito (Oakville, ONT) scored the first goal of the season for the Bears, finishing off a two-on-one with classmate Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO). The play started when the puck bounced off the pads of junior Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) right to sophomore Joey de Concilys (St. Catharine's, ONT). de Concilys played the puck ahead to Lorito, who skated from blueline to blueline. With Jacobson on his left, he opted to shoot, beating Mike Condon to the far side from the top of the right faceoff circle.
Just four minutes into the second period, junior Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) looked to extend Brown's lead, skating in on a breakaway. Racing in on the right wing, Hathaway shot low to the near side and Condon was able to make the save.
Princeton picked up the intensity in the second period, edging Brown in shots, 7-6, but the Bears doubled their lead with 1:59 left before the second intermission on freshman Nick Lappin's (Geneva, IL) first career goal. With both teams skating four players, Lappin intercepted a Princeton pass at the blueline, and pushed it ahead, springing himself on a breakaway. Lappin faked a shot to his right, then moved the puck to his backhand and tucked it behind Condon, giving Brown a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers attempted a late comeback, closing their deficit to 2-1 with 3:14 remaining on a Tyler Maugeri goal. However, that was as close as they could come, as Brown held on for the victory.
For the game, Brown edged Princeton in shots, 27-25. De Filippo finished with 24 saves, while Condon made 25 for the visitors.
Brown returns to action tomorrow evening in its second game of the 2012 Ivy Showcase at 7:00 p.m. The Bears will face Dartmouth, which tied Yale in Friday's early game, and advanced to the Title game against Brown by virtue of a 2-0 win in a shootout.
PRINCETON 0 0 1 x - 1
BROWN 1 1 0 x - 2
First period – B, Lorito (de Concilys), 9:56. Penalties – P, 1-2; B, 1-2.
Second period – B, Lappin (unassisted), 4x4, 18:01. Penalties – P, 2-4; B, 2-4.
Third Period – P, Maugeri (Calof), 16:46. Penalties – P, 1-2; B, 1-2.
P, Mike Condon (59:44), 10-5-10-x – 25; B, Marco De Filippo (59:51), 6-7-11-x – 24.