December 4, 2013

Men’s Hockey Closes Out Semester at Home against Harvard and Dartmouth (12/6 – 7)

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Brown (3-6-1, 1-4-1 ECAC) vs. Harvard (4-6-1, 2-5-1 ECAC)
Friday, Dec. 6 | 7 p.m. | Meehan Auditorium
Radio: WPRV-AM (790)
Video: Brownbears.tv 

Brown (3-6-1, 1-4-1 ECAC) vs. Dartmouth (1-8-0, 1-6-0 ECAC)
Saturday, Dec. 7 | 7 p.m. | Meehan Auditorium
Video: Brownbears.tv 

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Last Time Out: Brown was edged by fourth-ranked Providence College, 3-2, last Saturday in the 28th Annual Mayor's Cup at Schneider Arena. Providence scored one goal in each of the first two periods to gain the early lead, before Matt Lorito put the Bears on the board early in the third frame with his team-high sixth goal of the season. After PC answered back midway through the period, Matt Harlow trimmed the deficit back to one with a goal at 11:10, but the Bears could not score the equalizer as the Friars held on for the win. Marco De Filippo made 29 saves in net for the Bears, while Jon Gillies recorded 34 stops on the other end. 

Brown vs. Harvard: Brown and Harvard have met 162 times, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 106-43-13. The Bears and Crimson split the season series last winter with each team winning at home. Harvard captured a 3-2 victory in Cambridge on Nov. 2, 2012, before Brown returned with a 5-2 victory on Jan. 19 at Meehan Auditorium. Brown won the very first meeting between the two schools in the oldest active collegiate hockey rivalry, winning 6-0, in 1898 on a flooded baseball field in Dorchester, MA. Brown is 7-5-4 in the past 14 meetings, including a 5-4-3 record in the last 11 games. Senior Dennis Robertson (5a – 6 games) and junior Matt Lorito (1g, 4a – 4 games) both have five career points against Harvard to lead current members of the team against the Crimson.

Scouting the Crimson: Harvard enters Friday's contest at 4-6-1 overall after alternating wins and losses over the past five games. Most recently, the Crimson fell at Dartmouth, 2-1, over the weekend to give the Big Green their first win of the season. Jimmy Vesey gave the Crimson the 1-0 lead midway through the second period, but the Big Green evened the score less than four minutes later, and then scored with less than three minutes left in regulation to take the win. Kyle Criscuolo leads the team with 10 points on seven goals and three assists, while Vesey also has seven tallies on the season. In addition, Vesey has scored all seven of his goals against ECAC opponents. Raphael Girard and Steve Michalek have split time in net. Girard leads the way at 3-3-0 with a 1.85 GAA and a .946 save percentage.

Brown vs. Dartmouth: When Brown plays Dartmouth on Saturday, it will mark the 148th meeting in the rivalry between the two teams, dating back to 1927-28. Dartmouth leads the all-time series by a 73-67-8 margin and has posted an 11-1-1 record in the last 13 games, including three victories last season. Brown picked up a 5-3 victory over Dartmouth earlier this season in the second game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational in Newark, N.J. Brown's last sweep of the Big Green came during the 2007-08 season.

Scouting the Big Green: Dartmouth enters the season at 1-8 overall and 1-6 in conference play following a 2-1 victory over Ivy League rival Harvard last weekend. Facing a 1-0 deficit, Grant Opperman evened the score in the second before Eric Neiley notched the game-winning goal with less than three minutes left in regulation. Charles Grant stopped 22 shots in net and was named the ECAC Goaltender of the Week for his efforts. Neiley leads the team in both goals (6) and points (8) and also paces the squad with three power-play goals. Dartmouth leads the ECAC with a 29.5 power play percentage and a 30.8 power play percentage in conference play.

Lorito Heating Up: Matt Lorito scored his team-high sixth goal of the season at No.4 Providence and has now scored in four of the last five contests. Lorito led the Bears with 22 goals last season.

Score Late and Often: Brown scored a pair of third period goals in a 3-2 loss at Providence. Brown has scored a majority of its goals in the third period, notching 12 tallies in the final frame as opposed to nine in the first and six in the second. Additionally, the Bears have let up 15 first period goals, accounting for 47 percent of the goals allowed.

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 five losses, the Bears have notched just 25 points on nine goals and 16 assists, going 1-for-22 on power-play attempts.

Sophomores Leading the Way: Despite just four players, Brown's sophomore class leads the team with 29 points, accounting for 40 percent of the point total. Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin pace the team with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Lorito Scores on a Penalty: Matt Lorito buried a penalty shot against Cornell's Andy Iles on Nov. 22, marking the first time a Brown player scored on a penalty shot since Jack Maclellan '12 beat SLU's Matt Weninge on Jan. 21, 2011. 

Lamacchia Takes Advantage: Junior Massimo Lamacchia led the Bears with two points (1g, 1a) at UNH in just his second game of the season. 

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. Senior Garnet Hathaway joined the ranks on Nov. 30, when he played in his 100th career game at Providence. 

Facing Off: Sophomore Mark Naclerio has led the Bears in the faceoff circle so far this season. Naclerio paces with Bears with 130 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan and freshman Davey Middleton rank second and third, respectively, with 57 and 36 wins. Matt Harlow leads the team with a .714 percentage.

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).