PROVIDENCE, RI – Despite outshooting Holy Cross (7-3-1), 15-6, during the opening period, the Brown men's hockey team (3-4-2) trailed, 2-0, heading into the middle stanza. However, sparked by two second-period goals from the line of junior Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) and sophomores Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) and Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario), the Bears clawed back into the game and eventually won on freshman Mark Naclerio's (Milford, CT) first career goal with less than eight minutes to play.
"I actually thought we were playing pretty good hockey and then we had two breakdowns that end up in two goals. Hopefully its (the comeback) a lesson. I think the guys grew a little bit as a team against a good hockey team. Credit to our team. The guys refocused and came back and played a dominant second period. We put 21 shots on net. That's a good period."
With the game still tied at 2-2 and under 10 minutes to play, Brown continued to press for the go-ahead goal, which came at the 12:51 mark of the period. Junior Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) started the play when he sent a diagonal pass through the neutral zone to sophomore Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, MA) on the left wing. With junior Mark Hourihan (Lynnfield, MA) acting as a screen, Harlow fed Naclerio in the slot, and the rookie one-timed a slap slot over Ginn's glove for the game-winner.
For the game, Brown outshot Holy Cross, 54-23, tallying a season-high for shots. However, the Bears ran into a hot goaltender in Crusaders' Matt Ginn, who made several highlight reel saves to keep Brown off the scoreboard through nearly 24 minutes before Hathaway's first goal of the year 3:50 into the second period.
The Bears outshot Holy Cross, 10-0, during the opening eight minutes and had two fantastic opportunities to score the game's first goal. After making a save on Jacobson, Ginn ended up outside of the net. Lorito picked up the loose puck and went for a wrap around with Ginn still out of position, but a Holy Cross defenseman laid down at the edge of the crease to block the shot.
Soon after the flurry of chances, Holy Cross went up on the power play and with just 11 seconds left on the man-advantage, Mike McNamara gave his team a 1-0 lead, connecting on what was the Crusaders' third shot of the game at 10:27.
Just 1:52 later, Adam Schmidt tipped a shot by Rob Linsmayer, beating senior Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY) five-hole and doubling Holy Cross' lead. However, that would be the final goal allowed by Borelli and the rest of the Bears' defense, which clamped down and allowed just 17 shots over the final 40 minutes.The Bears got on the board 3:50 into the second period on the first goal of the year for Hathaway. Jacobson sent the puck across the slot from the left side to Hathaway, who tapped the puck past Ginn from the right post. Lorito also earned an assist for his team-leading eighth point of the year.
The same trio combined to tie the game at 15:36 of the second period. This time it was Lorito who was the beneficiary of a centering feed from Hathaway, as Lorito tipped the puck over Ginn's shoulder from the edge of the crease for his seventh goal of the season. Jacobson also earned an assist, as that trio also combined for 18 of Brown's 54 shots.
Brown dominated the final 20 minutes, outshooting the visitors, 17-7, for the frame. However, the final four minutes of play were not without drama, as the Bears needed to kill a penalty with 3:17 left. Brown then went on its own power play with 1:15 remaining and with 54 seconds left, Holy Cross pulled Ginn in favor of the extra attacker to even things up at five-on-five. The Crusaders won an offensive zone faceoff with 26 seconds on the clock, but Brown was able to hold on for the win.
Ginn finished with 51 saves for Holy Cross, while Borelli, making his first start of the season, recorded 21 saves in the Brown net.
Having wrapped up a five-game homestand and a three-game non-league stretch, the Bears will travel to New Haven on Saturday, December 1st, to take on Yale in a 7:00 p.m. ECAC Hockey contest. Brown will close out the first semester when it returns home on December 7th and 8th to host Union and Rensselaer in a pair of League contests.
HOLY CROSS 2 0 0 x - 2
BROWN 0 2 1 x - 3
First period – H, McNamara (Vos, Stockson), PP, 10:27; B, Schmidt (Linsmayer), 12:19. Penalties – H, 0-0; B, 1-2.
Second period – B, Hathaway (Jacobson, Lorito), 3:50; B, Lorito (Hathaway, Jacobson), 15:36. Penalties – H, 1-2; B, 0-0.
Third Period – B, Naclerio (Harlow, Wahl), 12:51. Penalties – H, 2-4; B, 1-2.
H, Matt Ginn (59:04), 15-20-16-x – 51; B, Anthony Borelli (60:00), 4-10-7-x – 21.
Pictured: Mark Naclerio '16. Photo by DSPics.net.