PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's hockey team returns to ECAC play with a pair of games this weekend, starting on Friday, Nov. 22 at No. 18 Cornell (7 p.m.) before visiting Colgate on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.
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Last Time Out: Brown took a break from ECAC play for a non-conference contest at UNH last Tuesday as the Bears fell, 4-2, at the Whittemore Center. Junior Massimo Lamacchia scored gave the Bears an early lead with his first tally of the season, but the Wildcats answered with four unanswered goals. Senior Marco De Filippo made 37 saves in net, while UNH outshot the Bears, 41-26. Lamacchia led the Bears with two points, also adding an assist, while junior Matt Lorito scored his fourth tally of the season.
Brown vs. Cornell: Cornell leads the all-time series with Brown, which began with an 8-2 Brown win on February 21, 1959, by a 70-43-5 margin. Brown earned a season split with the Big Red last season, winning, 3-0, on the road before falling, 4-1, at home. The Big Red had earned a season sweep over the Bears in three straight seasons, but Brown reversed the trend by earning a season sweep of the Big Red in 2010-11 with a pair of 3-2 wins. The season sweep marked the first sweep of Cornell for Brown since the 1994-95 season and was Brown's best season against Cornell since 2003-2004, when the Bears earned three points against the Big Red.
Scouting the Big Red: Cornell is ranked 18th in the latest USCHO.com national rankings and enters Friday's tilt at 4-3-1 overall. The Big Red opened the season with three straight wins, followed by a 1-3-1 mark over the last five games, including a split at Clarkson and St. Lawrence last weekend. Cornell fell at Clarkson, 3-2, before rebounding with a 5-2 victory over St. Lawrence on Saturday. John McCarron leads with way with 12 points on three goals and nine assists, while Brian Ferlin and Joel Lowry have 10 points apiece. Andy Iles has played all eight games in net for a 2.73 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
Brown vs. Colgate: Saturday night's game between the Raiders and the Bears marks the 79th meeting between the two teams in a series that began on March 8, 1935, a 1-0 Brown victory. Colgate leads the all-time series, 52-21-5, after the two teams split the season series last year with each team winning at home. Brown has gone 5-6-3 in its last 14 games against the Raiders, including a season sweep in 2010-11, Brown's first sweep since the 1992-93 season, with a 5-2 win in Hamilton and a 6-4 win in Providence.
Scouting the Raiders: Colgate enters the weekend at 6-6-1 overall, including four wins in its last five games, following a pair of victories at St. Lawrence and Clarkson last week. After a 5-3 win at St. Lawrence, the Raiders scored three goals in the third period for a 4-3 victory at Clarkson. Emilio Audi was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week after netting three points over the weekend. Mike Borkowski paces the team with 13 points on three goals and 10 assists, while Tylor Spink, Kyle Baun and Tyson Spink all have 11 points apiece. Eric Mihalik and Charlie Finn have split the majority of the time in net. Mihalik is 3-2-1 with a 2.17 GAA and a .921 save percentage, while Finn is 3-3-0 with a 4.17 GAA and a .854 save percentage.
Lamacchia Takes Advantage: Junior Massimo Lamacchia led the Bears with two points (1g, 1a) at UNH in just his second game of the season.
Sophomores Leading the Way: Despite just four players, Brown's sophomore class leads the team with 26 points, accounting for 41 percent of the point total. Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin pace the team with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Wins & Losses: In Brown's three wins this season, the Bears have racked up 40 points on 15 goals and 25 assists. In addition, the Bears clock in at 26.7 percent on the power play in those games.
In Brown's three losses, the Bears have notched just 15 points on five goals and 10 assists, going 0-for-12 on power-play attempts.
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 12 points on five goals and seven assists.
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.
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.
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 98 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan and freshman Davey Middleton rank second and third, respectively, with 45 and 30 wins.
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).