February 15, 2013

Men's Hockey Travels to NY Capital District for Pair of Pivotal ECAC Hockey Games

This Weekend: Brown begins a four-game road trip this weekend with Friday night's game at Rensselaer, marking the Bears' third consecutive trip to the Empire State after trips to Clarkson-St. Lawrence and Colgate-Cornell during the month of January. Friday's game at RPI will pit two of the nation's top goalies, statistically speaking, against one another. Brown's Anthony Borelli '13 currently ranks 2nd in the nation in both GAA and save %, while RPI's Jason Kasdorf is 5th in GAA and 6th in save%. The Bears will look to climb the ECAC Hockey standings, as they currently sit in 8th place (tied with Clarkson) with 15 points. Brown is one point behind St. Lawrence and Union, who are tied for sixth place, and just two points behind Dartmouth, Princeton and Rensselaer, who are all tied for third. In addition, Brown is just four points behind second-place Yale. On the flip side, the Bears are two points ahead of 10th-place Colgate, five ahead of 11th-place Cornell, and 8 ahead of 12thplace Harvard. All 12 teams have six games remaining in the regular season.

Brown/Dunkin' Donuts Center to Host 2013 NCAA Regional: Brown will host the 2013 NCAA Men's Hockey East Regional at Providence's Dunkin' Donuts Center, marking the ninth NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament competition in Providence, but first since 2003. The Dunkin' Donuts Center, formerly known as the Providence Civic Center, has hosted the Frozen Four six times, and this will be the third time it has hosted regional competition. Game dates are Saturday, March 30th and Sunday, March 31st. Semifinals will be played at 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, while the Final is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday evening. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster and at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Box Office. The regional winner earns a trip to the 2013 Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA (April 11-13).

Coming Up: In the midst of a 15-game stretch of ECAC Hockey contests, Brown will remain on the road next weekend when it travels to Princeton and Quinnipiac, closing out the month of February with games against the same two teams it hosted to begin the year's second month. The Bears close out the regular season at home against Cornell and Colgate on March 1st and 2nd.

Last Time Out: After posting three straight ECAC Hockey weekend splits, the Bears earned three points at home in their last weekend series, February 1st and 2nd, with a 1-1 tie with #2 Quinnipiac and a 5-1 win over Princeton. Brown then stretched its unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) with a 1-0 victory over #9 Yale in a Tuesday night game that was twice postponed from its original Saturday date due to the blizzard that covered the New England region with 2-3 feet of snow. In Tuesday's game against the Bulldogs, senior Anthony Borelli recorded a career-high 44 saves to post the second shutout of his career and second this season. After facing 12 shots in the opening 20 minutes, Borelli stopped 32 the rest of the way, including 17 in the second period, to earn the victory. Freshman Nick Lappin scored his sixth goal of the season midway through the first period to provide all the offense Brown would need in the win, while sophomore leading scorer Matt Lorito picked up his 26th point

Brown vs. Rensselaer: This weekend will mark the 85th meeting between Brown and RPI, dating back to a 5-0 Brown win during the 1951-52 season. The Engineers currently lead the all-time series, 55-21-8, including a season sweep in each of the last two years. The Bears halted RPI's four-game winning streak with a 2-2 tie in Providence earlier this year, while the Bears' last victory over Rensselaer came during the 2009-10 season, when the current seniors were freshman. The two teams split the regular season that year with each team winning in its own rink. The Bears then faced RPI in the first round of the playoffs, eliminating the 6th-seeded Engineers in three games with wins in game #1 and game #3. The split during the 2009-10 regular season marked the first time in four seasons that Brown earned a win over RPI in the regular season, as the Engineers were 7-0-1 from January 2006 through February 2009, including sweeping the season in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Senior Chris Zaires (3g, 1a in 8 games), junior Dennis Robertson (2a in 5 games), and sophomore Matt Lorito (1g, 1a in 2 games) are Brown's statistical leaders against the Engineers.

Scouting Rensselaer: The Engineers enter Friday's game with Brown riding a four-game winning streak and having won six of their last seven games. The recent string of success has vaulted RPI from 11th in the ECAC Hockey standings up to a three-way tie for third place with Dartmouth and Princeton. Last weekend, the Engineers earned a sweep in the North Country, defeating St. Lawrence, 4-3 in overtime, and Clarkson, 6-2. The sweep was their second in a row after posting a pair of 3-0 wins over Harvard and Dartmouth the weekend of February 1st and 2nd. RPI is currently led by sophomore Ryan Haggerty (12g, 10a), sophomore Jacob Laliberte (8g, 14a), and senior Nick Bailen (8g, 14a), who all have 22 points on the season. Sophomore Matt Neal has already reached the 20-point threshold and has 21 for the season with a team-high 15 assists. Bailen leads the Engineers with five power play goals, while sophomore Mark McGowan has a team-high three game-winning goals. Freshman Jason Kasdorf leads RPI's goaltending trio with a 1.60 GAA and a .938 save percentage in 14 games (8-2-2). Senior Bryce Merriam has a 2.80 GAA and a .900 save percentage in 10 games (2-5-2), while sophomore Scott Diebold has appeared in seven games (2-4-1) and has a 3.22 GAA with a .873 save percentage.

Brown vs. Union: This weekend marks the 45th meeting between Brown and Union, dating back to a 3-2 Union victory on December 30, 1989. The Bears hold a 21-12-11 series advantage over the Dutchmen, including a 9-5-6 record in the past 20 meetings after sweeping the season series in 2011-12 and earning a 3-3 tie earlier this year. Since the 2009-10 season, when the current seniors were freshmen, Brown holds a 2-2-3 record. Sophomore Massimo Lamacchia is Brown's statistical leader against Union with 2-3-5 totals in three career games, while junior Dennis Robertson adds five assists in four career games and senior Chris Zaires has 2-2-4 numbers in six games.

Scouting Union: The Dutchmen come into Friday's game with Yale following a pair of losses in the North Country, after falling to Clarkson, 2-1, and St. Lawrence, 4-2, last weekend. The losses snapped a four-game unbeaten streak for Union, which had gone 3-0-1 in games against Colgate (2-1), Harvard (4-1), RPI (3-2), and Dartmouth (2-2). The Dutchmen are currently led by senior Wayne Simpson, who has 28 points (12g, 16a) in 28 games, while senior Kyle Bodi has 26 points (6g, 20a) in 28 games. Junior Daniel Carr (10g, 11a) and senior Greg Coburn (8g, 13a) have also reached the 20-point threshold this season, while five other players have posted at least 10 points. Carr and Coburn share the team lead with five power play goals each, while Simpson leads the team with four game-winning goals. Junior Troy Grosenick has seen the majority of time in net this season and has a 2.29 GAA with a .917 save percentage in 23 games (9-7-5). Sophomore Colin Stevens has appeared in 10 games (4-3-0) and has a 1.90 GAA with a .920 save percentage, while sophomore Dillon Pieri has seen 3:52 of action.

Pictured: Massimo Lamacchia '15. Photo by DSPics.net.