PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's hockey team is set to open the second half of the season this weekend when they Bears travel out West for a pair of non-conference games. Brown will take on No. 16 Denver on Friday, Jan. 3 (9:37 EST) before visiting Colorado College on Saturday, Jan. 4 (9:07 EST). Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.
Brown (5-6-1, 3-4-1 ECAC) at No. 16 Denver (10-6-3, 4-3-1 NCHC)
Friday, Jan. 3 | 9:37 p.m. EST | Magness Arena
TV: Root Sports (DTV Channel 683)
Brown (5-6-1, 3-4-1 ECAC) at Colorado College (2-12-3, 2-5-3 NCHC)
Saturday, Jan. 4 | 7:07 p.m. EST | World Arena
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Last Time Out: Brown wrapped up the first half of the season with a pair of back-to-back home wins over Ivy League rivals Harvard and Dartmouth. Brown kicked off the home weekend with a 2-1 victory over the Crimson to snap a four-game skid. Freshman Kyle Kramer scored his first collegiate goal to open up the scoring, while Dennis Robertson added a power-play goal late in the first period to spot the Bears an early two-goal lead. Rookie Tyler Steel made 17 saves in net to earn the victory. Brown maintained its momentum the next night with a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over the Big Green. Facing a two-goal deficit in the third period, Nick Lappin notched a pair of goals to force overtime, where Kramer scored the game winner to seal the win. Steel tied a career high with 30 stops in net to earn the victory.
Brown vs. Denver: Brown and Denver have met just five times, with the Bears leading the all-time series, 3-2-0, dating back to the 1949-50 campaign. This will be the first meeting between the two programs since then 1994-95 season, when the Pioneers picked up a 3-2 win. Brown's last victory against Denver was during the 1980-81 season by means of a 4-3 decision.
Scouting the Pioneers: Denver enters Friday's contest at 10-6-3 on the season and unbeaten over the last three games, including a pair of overtime contests against ECAC member Rensselaer. After a win and a tie against the Engineers, the Pioneers most recently earned a 5-3 victory at UMass, completing a five-game road swing to close out the first half of the season. Freshman Trevor Moore leads the way with 16 points, including a team-high eight goals with a pair of tallies in the last game against the Minutemen, while Joey LaLeggia (6-7-13) and Quentin Shore (3-10-13) rank second with 13 points apiece. Sam Brittain has been the primary goaltender for the Pioneers this season at 10-5-3 with a 1.69 GAA and a .942 save percentage.
Brown vs. Colorado College: Brown and Colorado College have met just seven times, with the Tigers leading the all-time series, 4-3-0, dating back to the 1949-50 campaign. This will be the first meeting between the two programs since then 1976-77 season, when the Bears picked up a 4-2 win. Colorado College's last victory against Brown was during the 1968-69 season with a 3-2 win. The two teams met in the 1951 NCAA semifinals as Brown downed the Tigers, 8-4, before falling to Michigan in the national championship in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Scouting the Tigers: Colorado College enters the weekend at 2-12-3 and returns to the ice after most recently dropping a pair of games at Wisconsin. The Tigers fell, 4-1, in the first game before dropping a tough 4-3 decision in overtime. This will be the second ECAC foe for the Tigers this season after falling at Clarkson, 2-1 and 1-0, in late October. Colorado College ranks last in the NCHC in scoring with 2.00 goals per game. Individually, senior Alexander Krushelnyski paces the team with nine points on three goals and six assists, while rookie Alex Roos has a team high four tallies. Senior Josh Thorimbert is 2-12-3 in net this season with a 2.98 GAA and a .904 save percentage.
Kramer Breaks Through: Freshman Kyle Kramer scored a pair of goals to lead Brown to a 2-0-0 showing in a couple of home victories over Harvard and Dartmouth. Kramer notched his first collegiate goal in the first period against the Crimson to pave the way for a 2-1 win. He topped that performance the next night by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to complete a 3-2 comeback victory over Dartmouth.
Steel Curtain: Rookie Tyler Steel backboned the Bears to pair of victories to close out the first half of the season, allowing just three combined goals in wins over Harvard and Dartmouth. Steel stopped 17 shots to earn the win in a 2-1 victory over the Crimson on Friday. He came back the next night and tied a career high with 28 saves to help the Bears to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Big Green. He stands at 4-1-1 on the season.
Brown versus the Ivies: Brown is 5-1-0 against members of the Ivy League this season with wins over Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton. Additionally, the Bears opened up the season with a pair of wins over defending champion Yale and Dartmouth to capture the Liberty Invitational, but the games did not count in the league standings.
Lorito Heating Up: Matt Lorito scored his team-high sixth goal of the season at No. 4 Providence and has now registered a point in six of the last seven 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 overtime win against Dartmouth. Brown has scored a majority of its goals in the third period, notching 14 tallies in the final frame as opposed to 11 in the first and six in the second. Additionally, the Bears have let up 17 first period goals, accounting for 49 percent of the goals allowed.
Overtime Winner: Brown scored three unanswered goals to storm back from a two-goal deficit and knock off Dartmouth, 3-2, in overtime at home. It was the team's first overtime victory since Feb. 25, 2011, when the Bears downed Cornell, 3-2.
Wins & Losses: In Brown's five wins this season, the Bears have racked up 55 points on 20 goals and 35 assists. In addition, the Bears clock in at 23.8 percent on the power play in those games.
In Brown's six 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 35 points, accounting for 40 percent of the point total. Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin rank first and third on the team with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
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, while Matt Wahl hit the mark on Dec. 7 against Dartmouth.
Facing Off: Sophomore Mark Naclerio has led the Bears in the faceoff circle so far this season. Naclerio paces with Bears with 155 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan and junior Matt Lorito rank second and third, respectively, with 60 and 47 wins. Matt Harlow leads the team with a .778 percentage.
Brown to Host 2015 NCAA Regional: Brown will partner with the Dunkin' Donuts Center and the city of Providence to host the 2015 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey East Regional. Game dates and times have not been finalized, but will be held between March 27-29. The regional winner earns a trip to the 2015 Frozen Four at the TD Garden in Boston (April 9-11). Brown previously hosted the NCAA men's hockey regional at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in 2013, marking the first NCAA men's hockey tournament competition in Providence since 2003.
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.