HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) matched a career high with 45 saves in net, but it was not enough as the Brown men's hockey team fell at No. 5 Quinnipiac, 3-0, Friday evening at High Point Solutions Arena.
With the loss, the Bears drop to 2-2-1 on the season and 0-2-1 in ECAC action, while the Bobcats captured their ninth-straight win to move to 9-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 in conference play.
Quinnipiac jumped on the board at 11:52 when Bryce Van Brabant won a faceoff and pushed the puck back to Cory Hibbeler, who quickly snapped off a shot through traffic to beat De Filippo for the early lead.
Brown enjoyed a trio of power-play opportunities in the opening frame, but could not find the back of the net, before the Bobcats took their first power play with 2:16 left in the period.
After the Bears killed off the penalty, the Bobcats scored with 1.2 seconds left on the clock for the two-goal lead. Connor Clifton waited with the puck at the top of the slot and blasted a shot that rattled off the post and dropped behind De Filippo to give the home side the lead, 2-0.
The two teams played a scoreless second period as De Filippo turned away 19 QU shots to keep the Bears in the game. One of Brown's best chances of the period came at 13:46, when De Filippo stopped back-to-back shots from Connor and Kellen Jones, before junior Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) scooped up the puck and charged down the other end for a near breakaway, but was edged by a defenseman in front of the net to deny a quality shot.
Brown's offense came to life at the start of the third period as the Bears registered a flurry of shots in the opening 1:40 of the period. Freshman Zack Pryzbek (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario), junior Kyle Quick (Buffalo, N.Y.) and senior Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, Pa.) were all over the net, and one rebound ended with the puck alone in the crease, but Michael Garteig made the necessary stops to preserve the lead.
The Bears continued to press down the stretch, until sophomore Nick Lappin (Geneva, Ill.) turned around and fired a shot past Garteig, but the goal was called back due to a tripping penalty. The Bears killed off the subsequent penalty for the fifth time in the contest, but Kellen Jones added an empty net goal at 1:37 to seal the victory.
De Filippo recorded 45 saves for the Bears, matching a career high, while Garteig posted 20 stops on the other end for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac outshot the Bears by a margin of 48-20.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, Nov. 9 for the second stop on a six-game road swing when they visit Princeton at 4 p.m.