POTSDAM, NY – Sophomore Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) scored a pair of goals and senior Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY) matched a career-high with 34 saves to help lift the Brown men's hockey team (5-6-4, 1-3-4) to a 3-2 win over Clarkson (4-11-5, 3-4-1) in its return to ECAC Hockey action Friday evening at Cheel Arena.
"The guys played disciplined, intelligent and energized hockey," said head coach Brendan Whittet '94. "We controlled long stretches of the game and were able to capitalize when the opportunity presented itself."
Jacobson, who tripled his season goal total with the pair of goals, and his linemates – sophomore Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, MA) and freshman Mark Naclerio (Milford, CT) – combined for all three goals, as Harlow tallied the game-winner with just 45 seconds left in the second period. Brown twice battled back from one-goal deficits to tie the game on two occasions before Harlow's winning goal. Junior Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) contributed to the offense with a pair of assists.
The two teams played to a 2-2 tie during the first period with Clarkson edging Brown in shots, 15-13. The Golden Knights took an early 1-0 lead when Matt Zarbo's shot form the left half wall hit Borelli's glove and trickled into the net just 2:03 in.
However, Jacobson, who came into the game with just one goal in the first 14 contests, scored his first of two goals just 5:44 later to knot the game at 1-1. After collecting the puck from Harlow, Naclerio carried the puck into the zone and backhanded it from the right side over to Jacobson, backdoor, for the one-timer.
Clarkson regained the one-goal lead at 11:54 when Sam Labrecque took a pass from Jeff DiNallo at the left faceoff circle and fired it past Borelli for his third goal of the season.
With 3:49 left in the period, Brown went up on the only power play of the game for either team, and Jacobson capitalized with 30 seconds left on the man-advantage to tie the score at 2-2 heading into the first intermission.
The two teams battled back-and-forth throughout the first 15 minutes of the second period, but Brown picked up its intensity late in the frame and began pressing for a goal. With 2:38 remaining, junior Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, PA) had what was up to that point the best chance of the period. With Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis playing without a stick, Goldberg fired a shot from the right point that appeared to be heading to the upper right corner. However, Lewis dove to his left and got his blocker on it to keep the game tied at 2-2.
Brown continued to press and with just 45 seconds left in the period, Harlow put away a centering feed from Naclerio to give the Bears a 3-2 lead. The play started when Naclerio won a faceoff to Lewis' left back to Wahl. Wahl skated the puck along the boards and passed back to Naclerio behind the net. Naclerio skated out from behind the net and backhanded the puck across the crease, where Harlow was waiting on the right side to put it away for his second goal of the year.
Harlow's goal would prove to be the game-winning goal, as both goalies combined for 17 saves in the final 20 minutes. The Golden Knights pulled Lewis with 46 seconds remaining, but were able to take just one shot, which was blocked by sophomore Matt Lorito (Oakville, ONT), as Brown held on for its first road win over Clarkson since January 23, 2010.
"The two points were absolutely necessary as we head into the main portion of our schedule," said Whittet. "Credit to the players who played great road hockey at what is traditionally a difficult place at which to win."
The Bears played a disciplined game and were not called for any penalties throughout the 60 minutes, marking the first time since January 29, 2002, a 2-1 win at UMass-Lowell, that Brown was not whistled for any infractions.
For the game, Borelli recorded 34 saves, matching a career-high, while Lewis made 30 for the Golden Knights.
Brown continues action Saturday evening when its travels down Route 11 to face St. Lawrence in a 7:00 p.m. contest.
BROWN 2 1 0 x - 3
CLARKSON 2 0 0 x - 2
First period – C, M. Zarbo (unassisted), 2:03; B, Jacobson (Harlow, Naclerio), 7:47; C, Labrecque (DiNallo, Finch), 11:54; B, Jacobson (Wahl, Lorito), PP, 17:41. Penalties – B, 0-0; C, 1-2.
Second period – B, Harlow (Naclerio, Wahl), 19:15. Penalties – B, 0-0; C, 0-0.
Third Period – No Scoring. Penalties – B, 0-0; C, 0-0.
B, Borelli (60:00), 13-11-10-x – 34; C, Lewis (59:14), 11-12-7-x – 30.
Pictured: Ryan Jacobson '15. Photo by DSPics.net.