PROVIDENCE, RI – Senior Jeff Ryan (Media, PA) scored a natural hat trick and added an assist, while freshman Joe Prescott (Norwell, MA) had a goal and two assists to lead the Brown men's hockey team (4-6-4) to a 7-1 win over the Russian Red Stars in an exhibition game Wednesday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
Brown wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard, as the Bears converted on back-to-back power play chances in the game's first seven minutes to take an early 2-0 lead. Just 5:03 into the game, junior Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) took a pass from freshman Brandon Pfeil (West Vancouver, British Columbia) and fired a slap shot from the center of the blueline that beat Sergey Mashkovtcev stick-side with Brown enjoying a six-on-four advantage after a delayed penalty against the Russian Red Stars.
The Bears then needed just 72 seconds of the ensuing power play to double their lead, as sophomore Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, Ontario) beat Mashkovtcev with a shot through traffic for Brown's second power play score of the night. Freshman Nick Lappin (Geneva, IL) earned an assist on the goal.
Brown scored twice in a span of 10 seconds late in the period to take a 4-0 lead into the first intermission. Prescott, who scored twice in the Bears' 7-2 win over AIC on Sunday, tallied a beautiful goal at 18:23 to increase the lead to 3-0. After collecting the puck at the right edge of the crease from Ryan, Prescott beat Mashkovtcev top shelf. The same line went back out after the goal and just 10 seconds later, Ryan gave the Bears a 4-0 lead, beating Mashkovtcev from the left faceoff circle.
The first 10 minutes of the second period saw the two teams alternate power play chances. However, just after Brown killed its second penalty of the period, Ryan put away the rebound of a Prescott shot to increase the Bears' advantage to 5-0 with 9:07 left in the period. Ryan capped the hat trick with 3:39 left in the period, when his centering feed from goal line extended bounced off a skate and in.
Sophomore Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, MA) increased Brown's lead to 7-0 just 2:59 into the third period. Senior Marc Senecal (North Bay, Ontario) intercepted a Red Stars' clearing attempt at the blue line and sent the puck down to Harlow at the top of the crease. Harlow settled the puck, before backhanding it up and over Denis Peretiagin's shoulder.
Immediately after the goal, Brown was issued a pair of penalties for hitting after the whistle, putting the Red Stars up on a five-on-three advantage for a full two minutes. Brown was seven seconds away from killing the entire two minutes, but Maksim Anisimov put his team on the board with a hard shot from the right faceoff circle to spoil the shutout bid for senior Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY).
Borelli finished with 25 saves in 56:46, before getting relieved by junior Joe Mello (Pawtucket, RI), who made one save in the final 3:07. Brown finished with a 43-27 advantage in shots, as Mashkovtcev and Peretiagin combined for 36 saves.
Brown will now have a rare weekend off and will not play again until January 11th when the Bears travel to the North Country to face Clarkson in a 7:00 p.m. ECAC Hockey contest.
RUSSIAN RED STARS 0 0 1 x - 1
BROWN 4 2 1 x - 7
First period – B, Wahl (Pfeil, Senecal), PP, 5:03; B, Lamacchia (Lappin), PP, 6:15; B, Prescott (Ryan, Hourihan), 18:23; B, Ryan (Robertson, Prescott), 18:33. Penalties – R, 2-4; B, 0-0.
Second period – B, Ryan (Prescott, Lamacchia), 10:53; B, Ryan (Hourihan, Pfeil), 16:21. Penalties – R, 3-6; B, 3-6.
Third Period – B, Harlow (Senecal), 2:59; R, Anisimov (Donets, Berdnikov), 5x3, 4:53. Penalties – R, 1-2; B, 4-8.
R, Sergey Mashkovtcev (20:00), 12-x-x-x – 12; R, Denis Peretiagin (40:00), x-16-8-x – 24; B, Anthony Borelli (56:46), 9-6-10-x – 25; B, Joe Mello (3:07), x-x-1 – 1.