PROVIDENCE, RI – Junior Michael Juola (Lake Forest, CA) scored a career-high two goals and junior Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) recorded a season-high 45 saves to help lead the Brown men's hockey team (1-3-2, 0-2-2) to a 3-3 tie with Clarkson (1-4-4, 1-0-1) on Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium.
For the Bears, it was their second consecutive 3-3 tie, while Clarkson played to a draw for the fourth time in five games.
"I thought we battled hard," said head coach Brendan Whittet '94. "I would like to get a win on the weekend, but we'll take the two ties. We just need to keep better and better. Overall it was a good weekend."
The two teams played a relatively even first period with Clarkson edging Brown, 14-11, in shots. The Golden Knights grabbed a 1-0 lead just 2:41 into the contest when Ben Sexton beat De Filippo with a low-angle shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle.
However, Brown tied the contest at the midway point of the period when Juola scored his first of the year. Sophomore Taki Pantziris (Toronto, ONT) intercepted a Clarkson clearing attempt in the neutral zone and sent it back the other way to Juola on the left side. Juola carried the puck into the zone along the left wing and skated toward the crease, before banking the puck off the back of Clarkson's Greg Lewis and into the net.
The teams opened the second period each skating four players after matching minors to junior Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) and Clarkson's Alex Boak at the 20 minute mark of the first. With five seconds left on the four-on-four situation, sophomore Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) deflected a blast from the point by freshman Brandon Pfeil (West Vancouver, BC). Freshman Mark Naclerio (Milford, CT) also earned an assist on the goal for his first collegiate point.
The Bears grabbed a 3-2 lead at 7:19 of the frame on Juola's second score of the afternoon. Senior Richie Crowley (Canton, MA) intercepted a Clarkson clearing attempt and quickly sent it back toward the net. Skating from left to right across the crease, Juola got his stick on the puck and deflected it past Lewis for his second of the afternoon.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Golden Knights tied the contest at 3-3 just 55 seconds later when Adam Pawlick knocked the rebound of a Ben Sexton shot past De Filippo at 8:14.
With the game still tied at three early in the third, Brown's penalty kill was called upon to thwart a five-minute major just 1:04 after the period began. The Bears' kill rose to the task, blocking seven shots and continually clearing the zone to hold the tie.
With time ticking down in the game, Clarkson was whistled for a five-minute penalty of its own, as Brown would skate on the man-advantage for the final 3:51 of regulation and first 1:09 of overtime. With less than 30 seconds left on the man-advantage, junior Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, BC) sent the puck towards the right side of the net, where it found Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) on the doorstep. Wahl had a wide open net to shoot at, but could not corral the puck and Clarkson was able to clear the zone.
After a chance by senior Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) went wide with under a minute left in the overtime, Clarkson had three grade-A chances to win in the waning moments, earning three offensive zone faceoffs. De Filippo made two huge saves with under two seconds left to secure the tie.
For the game, Clarkson held a 48-30 advantage in shots, as De Filippo finished with 45 saves and Lewis had 27 for the Golden Knights. Brown was 1-7 on the power play and a perfect 5-5 on the penalty kill.
In the midst of a five-game homestand, Brown will now take a three-game hiatus from ECAC Hockey action. The Bears host Army on Saturday, November 17th and then welcome Providence and Holy Cross the weekend following Thanksgiving. Brown's next League game is a 7:00 p.m. contest at Yale on December 1st.
CLARKSON 2 1 0 0 - 3
BROWN 1 2 0 0 - 3
First period – C, Sexton (Pawlick, Finch), 2:41; B, Juola (Pantziris), 10:25; C, McPherson (Marsh), 16:41. Penalties – C, 4-8; B, 3-6.
Second period – B, Jacobson (Pfeil, Naclerio), 4x4, 1:56; B, Juola (Crowley, Zaires), PP, 7:19; C, Pawlick (Sexton, Boak), 8:14. Penalties – C, 3-6; B, 3-6.
Third Period – No Scoring. Penalties – C, 3-17; B, 2-15.
Overtime – No Scoring. Penalties – C, 0-0; B, 0-0.
C, Greg Lewis (65:00), 10-12-4-1 – 27; B, Marco De Filippo (64:33), 12-14-12-7 – 45.