October 31, 2013

Men’s Hockey Opens ECAC Play at Home Against #17 Clarkson and St. Lawrence

Full Game Notes (PDF)

Video Interviews:
Liberty Invite Recap
Weekend Preview

NHL Network Radio:
Mark Naclerio Interview 

Inside the ECAC Hockey Weekly Radio Show
Mark Naclerio Interview

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's hockey team opens ECAC Hockey action on Friday, Nov. 1 when the Bears play host to No. 17 Clarkson before taking on St. Lawrence on Saturday. Both games are set to start at 7 p.m. at Meehan Auditorium. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.

This Weekend: The Brown men's hockey team will play host to Clarkson on Friday, Nov. 1 in the home opener before hosting St. Lawrence on Saturday. Both games are set for 7 p.m. at Meehan Auditorium. Brown captured the Liberty Hockey Invitational in the team's opening weekend by topping defending national champion Yale and Dartmouth, but the games did not count in the ECAC Hockey or Ivy League standings. Both the Saints and Golden Knights will play their first league games of the season this weekend when they meet Brown and Yale.

Watch Live: Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on BrownBears.TV. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages.

All-Time in Home Openers: Since Brown's first season in 1897-98, the Bears are 37-41-6 in home opening games, after topping Princeton, 2-1, last season. In home opening games played at Meehan Auditorium, Brown is 22-26-4. This will be the first time Brown will play Clarkson in its home opener. 

Last Time Out: Brown opened up the 2013-14 season by winning the inaugural Liberty Hockey Invitational with a season-opening victory over #6/7 Yale, 4-1, on Friday before topping Dartmouth, 5-3, on Saturday. Yale, last year's national champion, scored the first goal before the Bears answered with four unanswered to capture the win. Sophomore Mark Naclerio led the way with two goals, including the game-winner, while junior Matt Harlow and sophomore Nick Lappin also scored for the Bears. Naclerio also scored the game-winner against the Big Green and added three assists for a total of seven points and a plus-6 over the two-game span. Sophomore Brandon Pfeil, Junior Matt Lorito, Lappin, and senior Garnet Hathaway recorded goals against Dartmouth. Following the final game, Naclerio was named MVP of the Liberty Invite and Pfeil was named to the all-tournament team.

Brown vs. Clarkson: Brown and Clarkson have met 84 times, with the Golden Knights leading the all-time series, 58-18-8. Brown went 3-0-1 against Clarkson in 2012-13, capped with a back-to-back wins over the Knights in the first round of the ECAC playoffs. Brown won the first-ever meeting, 6-5, in a neutral site game played at St. Lawrence in December of 1952. Clarkson dominated Brown during the early part of the series, winning 13 straight games from 1981-1987 and going 21-0-5 from March of 1992 to November of 2001. Brown has been more successful recently, earning a 10-12-3 record since February of 2002, including sweeping the series in 2004-05 and 2009-10.

Scouting Clarkson: Clarkson enters Friday's contest at 6-1-1 overall and is unbeaten over the last five games. Most recently, Clarkson earned back-to-back wins over Colorado College, including a 1-0 overtime victory on Saturday when Joe Zarbo scored the game-winner with 9.9 seconds left on the clock. The Golden Knights also picked up wins over RIT, Mercyhurst and Niagara, with their lone loss against New Hampshire in the Ice Breaker Tournament. Ben Sexton leads the Golden Knights with seven points, while Allan McPherson and Zarbo pace the team with three goals apiece. Steve Perry and Greg Lewis have split time in net with each starting four games. Perry has 92 saves with a 1.20 GAA, while Lewis has stopped 93 shots with a 1.75 GAA.

Brown vs. SLU: Brown and St. Lawrence have met 76 times, with the Saints leading the all-time series, 40-27-9. St. Lawrence won the very first meeting, 6-3, on 12/19/52. In the early part of the series, St. Lawrence dominated Brown, winning eight straight games from 1981-1985 and going 10-0-2 from 2/13/87-1/9/93. Since the 1993 game, Brown has earned a 21-14-7 record, including a 13-10-4 record since the 2001-2002 season. In addition, the Bears have earned at least one point against the Saints in each of the past 20 seasons, winning at least one game in 15 of the past 20 years. Last season, the two teams played to a 3-3 tie in Providence, while the Saints captured a 3-2 win in Canton, N.Y.

Scouting St. Lawrence: St. Lawrence enters the weekend at 4-2 overall following a split against Northeastern last weekend. Matt Carey and Jemery Wick scored two goals apiece to lead the Saints to a 6-4 victory over the Huskies on Saturday. SLU will open the ECAC Hockey season on Friday at Yale before heading to Providence to take on Brown in Saturday's matchup. Greg Carey, who led the nation in goals scored last year with 28 tallies, paces the Saints with 8 points (2-6-8), while younger brother Matt and Wick are ranked second with seven points apiece.

Naclerio Named ECAC Player of the Week: Sophomore Mark Naclerio was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Oct. 29 for the first time in his career. Naclerio recorded seven points with three goals and was a plus-6 in a pair of games last week, leading the Bears to a perfect 2-0-0 showing at the Liberty Hockey Invitational. He scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist in the team's season-opening 4-1 victory over defending national champion Yale Friday. The sophomore came back the next day and once again scored the game-winning tally to go along with three helpers for a career-high four points in a 5-3 win against Dartmouth. For his efforts, Naclerio was named MVP of the Liberty Hockey Invitational. 

De Filippo Named ECAC Goalie of the Week: Senior Marco De Filippo was named the ECAC Goaltender of the Week on Oct. 29, 2013. De Filippo backboned the Bears to a season-opening 3-1 victory over defending national champion Yale in the first game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational Friday. He made 31 saves in net for the Bears, including 14 in the third period, while his one goal allowed came just seconds after a power-play as he improved to 1-0-0 on the season.

Top Line Stands Tall: Brown's first line of Mark Naclerio, Matt Lorito and Nick Lappin registered 15 points in the  opening weekend at the Liberty Invitational, accounting for 65 percent of the team's scoring over the two-game span.

Steel Makes First Career Start: Freshman Tyler Steel made his first collegiate start in net against Dartmouth in the second game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational. Steel made 28 saves for the Bears for a .903 save percentage and allowed three goals to earn the victory.

2013-14 Captain: Senior defenseman Dennis Robertson has been elected the captain for the 2013-14 season after serving as team captain as a junior last season. Robertson, who earned First Team All-Ivy recognition last season, had another strong year on the Bears' blueline as part of Brown's top defensive pairing. One of seven players on the team to appear in all 36 games, Robertson finished the season tied for fourth on the team with 20 points (3g, 17a) and led the team with 17 assists. He was also +9 during the season, third on the team, and led the Bears with 65 blocked shots. Equally effective on both sides of the puck, Robertson was also a big part of the Bears' special teams, playing on both the top power play and penalty kill. In 98 career games, the Toronto Maple Leafs draftee and two-time ECAC All-Academic honoree has earned 53 points (11g, 42a).

Brendan Whittet '94: Brown alum Brendan Whittet, class of 1994, returns for his fifth season as Brown's bench boss. A 16-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, Whittet guided the Bears to their most successful season in 20 years last winter. Brown went 16-14-6 last season for its first winning season since 2004-05 and advanced to the ECAC Tournament Championship game after upsetting No. 1 Quinnipiac in the semifinals. A former defenseman for the Bears, Whittet is the 15th head coach in the 112-year history of the Brown men's hockey program and the fourth Brown hockey alum to coach the team, joining Wescott E.S. Moulton '31 (1948-52), Donald F. Whiston '51 (1953-55), and J. Allan Soares '60 (1971-74).

Former Teammates: Current senior Mark Hourihan and current junior Matt Harlow were linemates for one season at Noble & Greenough.  

2012-2013 Post-Season Awards

1st Team All-Ivy: Anthony Borelli '13

1st Team All-Ivy: Dennis Robertson '14

1st Team All-Ivy: Matt Lorito '15

2nd Team All-ECAC: Matt Lorito '15

3rd Team All-ECAC: Anthony Borelli '13

Academic All-Ivy: Anthony Borelli '13, Dennis Robertson '14

Eleven For Eleven:  Senior Dennis Robertson has posted at least one career point against each of the 11 ECAC Hockey opponents, accomplishing the feat as a junior when he notched an assist against Union on December 3rd.

Junior Matt Lorito has also recorded at least one point against all ECAC programs, recording a goal or an assist against every team as a sophomore last season.

Road Warriors: Brown will play seven of its first nine games away from Meehan Auditorium. After the Liberty Invitational, the Bears play a pair of home games against Clarkson and St. Lawrence, but then hit the road for five straight road contests before hosting Harvard in early December.

Roster Notes: Brown's roster brings 25 players together from 10 different states and two different provinces. The Bears also represent four countries, as 14 are from the U.S., nine are from Canada, one is from Finland and one is from Italy. Massachusetts and Ontario are the most popular, with five players hailing from each, while four Bears hail from British Columbia. California (1), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Illinois (1), Maine (1), Michigan (1), New York (1) and Pennsylvania (1) are also represented.

Thirty Points: Prior to the 2009-10 season, Whittet's first on College Hill, Brown had not had a 30-point scorer since 2006-2007 when Jeff Prough '08 finished the year with 33 points. In Whittet's first season, 2009-10, three Bears finished with at least 30 points (Jack Maclellan '12 with 34, Harry Zolnierczyk '11 with 33, and Aaron Volpatti '10 with 32). The last time Brown had three players with at least 30 points was 1993-94 when Kelly Jones '94 (36), Ryan Mulhern '96 (35), Brian Jardine '96 (35), and  Chris Kaban '94 (33) all had at least 30 points. Brown had two 30-point scorers in 2010-11, as Jack Maclellan '12 and Harry Zolnierczyk '11 both finished with 31 points. In 2011-12, Jack Maclellan '12 posted 30 points for the third straight year, finishing with 15 goals and 15 assists. Most recently, Matt Lorito '15 recorded 37 points on 22 goals and 15 assists last season.