SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK – Senior Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY) stopped a career-high 46 shots, but the Bears' offense could not solve Union's Troy Grosenick, as the Dutchmen (15-10-5, 8-6-4) earned a 2-0 win over the Brown men's hockey team (9-11-5, 5-8-5) on Saturday evening at Messa Rink.
"Borelli has been fabulous," said head coach Brendan Whittet '94. "If it wasn't for him, that would not have been a good result. Obviously it's a loss, but … it was only 1-0 going into the third. That was the message to the guys. Win a period, you can win a game and that is what Anthony provides for us"
The two teams played a scoreless first period with Union outshooting Brown, 13-5 during the frame. Freshman Nick Lappin (Geneva, IL) had one of the Bears' best chances of the period when his drive from the right wing on a partial breakaway was saved by Troy Grosenick towards the middle of the stanza.
The beginning of the second period saw the teams trade power play chances during the first 4:21 and included two separate four-on-four situations, one for 11 seconds and the other for 36. Neither team could generate much on their respective power play chances, though Union's Wayne Simpson hit the near post from the right side just after his team's second power play ended.
With 11:57 remaining in the period and Union holding an 18-5 advantage in shots, senior Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY) stopped a Daniel Carr attempt from the left side. The puck popped up into the air after the initial stick-save and Borelli was able to glove it out of the air before anyone could get to the rebound.
Union finally broke through for the game's first goal on its 20th shot of the game when Max Novak fired a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Borelli glove-side high at the 9:30. The play started after a failed clearing attempt by Brown was intercepted by Novak at the blueline, catching the Bears in a line change. Novak passed down low to Simpson, who sent the puck back up to Novak for the shot.
Brown's offense came to life towards the end of the second period and Lappin had back-to-back chances from the doorstep denied by Grosenick with 4:30 remaining. After Union attempted to clear, the Bears raced back in and Grosenick denied a Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) wrist shot from the left circle, gloving the puck out of the air.
Junior Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, PA) looked to get Brown on the board early in the third period but his wide open chance from the right circle was saved by Grosenick at the 4:17 mark.
With just over 10 minutes left in regulation, the Bears had another flurry of chances denied, as Lappin could not corral the puck on a wrap-around bid with Grosenick out of position. The puck then squirted up to junior Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, British Columbia) at the left point. With the Union defense still scrambling, Grosenick gloved Robertson's slap shot out of the air to keep the Bears off the board.
The Bears pulled Borelli in favor of the extra attacker with 58 seconds remaining and Kyle Bodie iced the win for Union, firing the puck into the open net from the left circle with 18 seconds left.
In the midst of a four-game road trip, the Bears will leave Providence for the last time during the regular season next weekend when they face Princeton (Friday at 7:00) and Quinnipiac (Saturday at 7:00).
BROWN 0 0 0 x - 0
UNION 0 1 1 x - 2
First period – No Scoring. Penalties – B, 0-0; U, 0-0.
Second period – U, Novak (Simpson), 9:30. Penalties – B, 2-4; U, 1-2.
Third Period – U, K. Bodie (Simpson), EN, 19:42. Penalties – B, 1-2; U, 0-0.
B, Borelli (59:19), 13-17-16-x – 46; U, Grosenick (60:00), 5-7-11-x – 23.