Ithaca, NY – Senior goalie Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY) made 23 saves to earn his first career shutout and the Bears received goals from senior Jeff Ryan (Media, PA), sophomore Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario), and freshman Nick Lappin (Geneva, IL), as the Brown men's hockey team (7-9-4, 3-6-4) skated to a 3-0 win over #18 Cornell (8-9-4, 4-6-2) on Saturday evening at Lynah Rink.
The shutout over Cornell was just the fifth-ever by a Brown team against the Big Red, and the first since February of 1991. It also marked just the second time that Brown has shut out Cornell in Ithaca, and the first since March of 1959.
"The guys were absolutely tremendous tonight," said head coach Brendan Whittet '94. "It was a great team effort with contributions from everyone who wore the uniform. To come to Ithaca, and play the determined, relentless style that we did is impressive. I am extremely proud of the team."
The two teams were scoreless through nearly 40 minutes, but Ryan snapped the deadlock with 46 seconds left in the second period to give Brown a 1-0 lead and the Bears added a pair in the third period to account for the 3-0 final.
Ryan's game-winner was the result of a Cornell miscue, as goalie Andy Iles came out of the net to play the puck behind the goal. However, freshman Mark Naclerio (Milford, CT) won the battle along the boards and sent the puck out in front to Ryan, who knocked it into the partially open net before Iles could recover. It was Ryan's fourth consecutive game with at least a point, while Naclerio recorded a point for the second straight night. Junior Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) also assisted the goal.
Brown earned back-to-back power play chances to open the third period, but Cornell's penalty kill remained perfect at 6-6 on the night, thwarting both opportunities. However, with 13:44 left to play, Lorito doubled the Bears' lead when he scored his 14th goal of the year. The play started when freshman Brandon Pfeil (West Vancouver, British Columbia) picked up a lose puck deep in the Bears zone and passed up ice to Lorito. Lorito fed sophomore Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) on his left and Jacobson drove the net hard. Iles made the save on Jacobson's attempt, but Lorito followed the play and stuffed the puck under the Big Red goalie before he could cover it to give Brown a 2-0 lead.
The Bears were extremely disciplined throughout the remaining 13 minutes, playing smart on both ends of the ice, while limiting the Big Red to just eight total shots in the period. With Brown still holding the 2-0 lead, Cornell pulled Iles in favor of the extra attacker at 18:26. With under 30 seconds to go, Ryan blocked a Big Red shot, collected the puck and skated into the zone and drew a hooking penalty on Cornell's John McCarron with 19:41 left.
Lorito won the ensuing faceoff, to the right of Iles, and the puck came out to Jacobson at the bottom of the circle. Jacobson passed back up to Lorito, who fired a quick shot on goal. Iles again made the stop and Lappin was there to knock the rebound in at 19:49 for his fifth goal of the year.
Borelli was excellent in goal, making several big saves throughout the night to help keep the game scoreless and then help Brown hold the lead late. He denied John Esposito on an early short-handed attempt and then stoned Christian Hilbrich on a breakaway midway through the second period.
For the game, Brown was 1-7 on the power play, while Cornell was 0-4. The Bears outshot the Big Red, 30-23, as Iles finished with 27 saves.
Brown continues action next weekend when it welcomes #2 Quinnipiac and Princeton to Meehan Auditorium for a pair of ECAC Hockey contests.
BROWN 0 1 2 x - 3
#18 CORNELL 0 0 0 x - 0
First period – No Scoring. Penalties – B, 2-4; C, 2-4.
Second period – B, Ryan (Naclerio, Hathaway), 19:14. Penalties – B, 2-4; C, 2-4.
Third Period – B, Lorito (Jacobson, Pfeil), 6:16; B, Lappin (Lorito, Jacobson), PP, 19:49. Penalties – B, 0-0; C, 3-6.
B, Borelli (60:00), 4-11-8-x – 23; C, Iles (58:44), 7-10-10-x – 27.