PROVIDENCE, RI – Trailing, 3-0, late in the second period, Brown (1-3-1, 0-2-1) scored three times in a span of 5:31, across the end of the second period and beginning of the third, to come back and earn a 3-3 tie with #13 St. Lawrence (5-1-1, 0-0-1) on Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
Sophomore Taki Pantziris (Toronto, ONT) started the comeback with his first career goal at the 19:13 mark of the middle frame. Sophomore Matt Lorito (Oakville, ONT) connected for his third goal of the year just 3:12 into the third period and freshman Nick Lappin (Geneva, IL) capped the comeback with a power-play goal at 5:44 of the third.
The Bears nearly came all the way back for a victory, but junior Dennis Robertson's (Fort St. John, BC) apparent game-winner with 46 seconds remaining in overtime was called back after being reviewed by the officials.
We did not play very well in the first period," said head coach Brendan Whittet '94. "They were taking it to us and we couldn't get out of our own way. To come back against a very good hockey team, a team that plays with energy and is in your face, I am proud of the guys. To get a point is a good thing."
The Bears came out sluggish and St. Lawrence capitalized, grabbing a 1-0 lead before the end of the opening frame. The Saints had copious opportunities in the opening four minutes, but only got two of their six shots on goal, both of which junior Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) saved. De Filippo came up with a big stop with 5:33 left in the period when Sean McGovern fed Mac Stratford on a two-on-one rush. However, De Filippo slid from his left to his right to deny Stratford, wide open in the slot, with a leg save.
However, St. Lawrence would score the game's first goal just four minutes later, as Jeremy Wick fired one past De Filippo from the blueline. Jordan Dewey assisted on the goal, which came at 18:53.
Brown had a few nice chances in the second period, but headed for the locker room at the second break trailing, 3-1. Early in the period, Weninger mishandled a puck behind the net and it bounced out into the slot. However, a St. Lawrence defender was able to clear the puck away before the Bears could get to it to punch it in.
Then with less than 10 minutes left in the frame, freshman Mark Naclerio (Milford, CT) hit Lappin with a beautiful centering feed from the left circle. Lappin just missed connecting on it.
St. Lawrence went on its second man-advantage of the evening soon after the near miss and just 33 seconds into the power play, leading scorer Kyle Flanagan gave his team a 2-0 lead when his shot from the right side beat De Filippo top-shelf at 11:55.
The Saints took a 3-0 lead with 4:15 left in the second period when Justin Bruckel raced in on a partial breakaway and fired the puck past De Filippo from the bottom of the right circle, beating him near-side.
Following the goal, senior Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY) replaced De Filippo in net.
Brown got on the board with 46 seconds left in the period on Pantziris' first career goal. Lappin skated the puck into the zone along the right wing. With Pantziris racing down the slot, Lappin sent the puck up to the defenseman and he one-timed it towards the goal. Weninger initially made a save on the play, but the puck popped up and over his right shoulder and into the net, lighting the lamp.
Brown made it a one-goal game just 3:12 into the third period when Lorito connected for his team-leading third goal of the year. After Weninger made a save on an attempt by Roberton the rebound bounced out into the slot. With Weninger still hugging the right post, Lorito knocked the loose puck into the partially open net. Junior Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) also earned an assist on the goal.
Skating on the power play just 2:32 later, Lappin's second goal of the year tied the game at 3-3. Sophomore Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, ONT) dug the puck out of the corner and dished it up to Lorito at the halfwall. Lorito back-handed the puck from the center of the slot and Lappin redirected it past Weninger from the edge of the crease.
Brown dominated play following the goal, but regulation ended with the score still knotted at 3-3. The Bears had countless opportunities to win in overtime, including an apparent goal by Robertson with 46 seconds remaining in the extra session. Upon video review, it was ruled that a Brown skater had interfered with Weninger, and the goal was disallowed, as the game ended in a tie.
For the game, Brown outshot St. Lawrence, 34-20, including a 7-0 margin in overtime. The Bears were 1-4 on the man-advantage, while the Saints finished 1-2 on the power play. De Filippo finished with nine saves in 35:30, while Borelli, in his first action since March of 2011, stopped all eight shots he faced in 29:15.
Brown returns to action tomorrow afternoon when it hosts Clarkson in a 4:00 p.m. ECAC Hockey contest. It is the final League game during the month of November, as the Bears won't face a league opponent until December 1st at Yale.
ST. LAWRENCE 1 2 0 0 - 3
BROWN 0 1 2 0 - 3
First period – S, Wick (Dewey), 18:53. Penalties – B, 1-2; B, 1-2.
Second period – S, Flanagan (George Hughes, Carey), PP, 11:55; S, Bruckel (Baker, Armstrong), 15:45; B, Pantziris (Lappin, Harlow), 19:13. Penalties – S, 3-6; B, 2-4.
Third Period – B, Lorito (Robertson, Zaires), 3:12; B, Lappin (Lorito, Lamacchia), PP, 5:44. Penalties – S, 1-2; B, 0-0.
Overtime – No Scoring. Penalties – S, 0-0; B, 0-0.
S, Matt Weninger (65:00), 8-9-7-7 – 31; B, Marco De Filippo (35:30), 6-3-x-x – 9; B, Anthony Borelli (29:15), x-1-7-0 – 8.
Pictured: Matt Lorito '15. Photo by Scott Kingsley.