November 11, 2013

Men’s Hockey Visits New Hampshire on Tuesday (7 p.m.)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's hockey team takes a break from ECAC action on Tuesday, Nov. 12 when the Bears visit the University of New Hampshire in non-conference play at the Whittemore Center. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. with live coverage on the Live Well Network and Fox College Sports. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.

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Last Time Out: Brown split a pair of ECAC games last weekend, falling at No. 5 Quinnipiac, 3-0, on Friday before downing Princeton, 6-3, on Saturday. Senior goalie Marco De Filippo matched a career-high with 45 save against Quinnipiac. In the game against Princeton, a total of 11 different players posted at least one point. Sophomore Mark Naclerio led the way with two goals, while fellow sophomore Nick Lappin recorded a career-high four assists. Senior Dennis Robertson and junior Matt Lorito also registered multiple-point efforts. Freshman Tyler Steel had 22 saves in net in his third career collegiate start.  

Brown vs. New Hampshire: Brown and New Hampshire have met 36 times, with the Wildcats leading the all-time series, 20-14-2, including a 7-1-1 record in the last nine meetings. In the last meeting between the two teams on Dec. 30, 2011, the Bears earned a 5-2 win over the Wildcats at the Whittemore Center. Massimo Lamacchia, Ryan Jacobson and Matt Lorito each scored for the Bears in the contest, while De Filippo earned the win behind 39 saves. Brown head coach Brendan Whittet is 1-0-1 against New Hampshire as a head coach, while UNH bench boss, Dick Umile is 5-1-1 all-time against Brown in his 24nd season with the Wildcats.

Scouting New Hampshire: New Hampshire enters Tuesday's contest at 3-5-1 on the season and 2-2-0 in Hockey East play after a pair of wins against UMass over the weekend. UNH downed UMass, 4-1, on Friday at home before erupting for nine goals in a 9-0 shutout on the road. Grayson Downing led the Wildcats with his second career hat trick in Saturday's victory. Kevin Goumas and Trevor van Riemsdyk pace the Wildcats with nine points apiece, while Casey DeSmith has started six games in net for a 2-4-0 record with a 2.30 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Jeff Wyer has started the other three games, going 1-1-1 with a 2.42 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

Naclerio Nets Third Winner: Sophomore Mark Naclerio scored his third game-winning goal of the season in the team's 6-3 victory at Princeton. Naclerio leads the team with 11 points on five goals and six assists. Naclerio ranks 10th in the ECAC in points, despite playing only six games due to the late start for Ivy League programs.

Lappin Lends a Hand: Sophomore Nick Lappin recorded a career-high four assists in the team's road win over Princeton. Lappin, who also assisted in the game-winner, is the only player on the roster to have a four-assist effort in his career.

Homecoming: Brown Associate Head Coach Mark White graduated from UNH in 2001 after a four-year career for the Wildcats under head coach Dick Umile. A defenseman for the Wildcats, White played in 133 career games (8g, 17a) and was an assistant captain in 2001.

Robertson a Candidate for Senior CLASS Award: Senior Dennis Robertson was named a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award. Presented annually to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across ten different sports, the acronym "CLASS" stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®. One of 20 candidates for the 2014 Men's Hockey Award, Robertson is one of six senior student-athletes from ECAC Hockey, joining Jack Berger (Princeton), Greg Carey (St. Lawrence), Brock Higgs (Rensselaer), Cole Ikkala (Union) and Andy Iles (Cornell).  The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot

Return to Power: After going 0-for-7 on the power play at Quinnipiac, the Bears made use of the advantage the next day at Princeton, receiving power-play goals from Matt Lorito and Matt Wahl in the first stanza for a 2-for-2 mark in the period.

Century Club: Seniors Dennis Robertson and Mark Hourihan became the first players in the Class of 2014 to hit the 100-game mark. Robertson played his 100th career game against Dartmouth in the second game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational, while Hourihan reached the milestone on Nov. 2 against St. Lawrence.

Facing Off: Sophomore Mark Naclerio has led the Bears in the faceoff circle so far this season. Naclerio paces the Bears with 90 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan and freshman Davey Middleton rank second and third, respectively, with 39 and 29 wins.

Score Late and Often: Brown has scored a majority of its goals in the third period, notching nine tallies in the final frame as opposed to six in the first and six in the second.

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.

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).