PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University men's hockey team continues ECAC play when the Bears play a home-and-home series with No. 10 Yale this weekend. Brown will host the Bulldogs on Friday, Jan. 24 before heading to New Haven on Saturday. Both games are set to start at 7 p.m. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.
Brown (7-7-3, 4-5-1 ECAC) vs. No. 10 Yale (9-4-4, 4-3-3 ECAC)
Friday, Jan. 24 | 7:05 p.m. | Meehan Auditorium
Radio: WPRV-AM (790)
Brown (7-7-3, 4-5-1 ECAC) at No. 10 Yale (9-4-4, 4-3-3 ECAC)
Saturday, Jan. 25 | 7 p.m. | Ingalls Rink
Radio: WPRV-AM (790)
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Last Time Out: Brown returned to ECAC play with a split in the North Country last weekend, opening with a 5-3 win at St. Lawrence before falling at No. 12 Clarkson, 3-2. In the win at SLU, Dennis Robertson netted a pair of power-play goals, while Nick Lappin also recorded a power-play tally to go along with three assists. Mark Naclerio registered four points with one goal and three assists, while Matt Lorito scored a shorthanded goal with one helper. Freshman Tyler Steel racked up a career-high 34 saves to earn the win. In the loss at Clarkson the next night, Naclerio scored his team-high 11 goal of the season and Massimo Lamacchia scored his third goal in as many contests.
Brown vs. Yale: Yale leads the all-time series with Brown, which dates back to the 1897-1898 season, by a 91-75-8 margin, including winning 15 of the last 20 games between the two programs. In fact, dating back to December 9, 2006, the Bulldogs had won 11 straight contests, a streak that was snapped in March 2010 when Brown earned a 3-2 win in game #1 of the ECAC Quarterfinal series. The Bears would go on to claim the series with a 1-0 victory in game #3. Since that series, the two teams have played some spirited games. For the past three seasons, the teams have split the regular-season series with each team winning in its home rink. The two teams met in the opener this season when Brown downed the defending national champions, 4-1, in the first game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational in Newark, N.J.
Scouting Yale: Yale enters the weekend at 9-4-4 overall and 4-3-3 in the conference after splitting a pair of games at St. Lawrence and Clarkson last weekend. John Hayden, who was named the ECAC Player and Rookie of the Week, had two goals and three points while Jesse Root added a goal and two assists at Appleton Arena. Alex Lyon made 28 saves, including 24 over the last two periods, to get the win in net. Lyon stopped 32 shots at Clarkson in the loss. Gus Young and Rob O'Gara scored goals at Cheel Arena. Senior Kenny Agostino leads the way with 15 points on seven goals and eight assists. Lyon enters with a 6-4-4 record behind a 2.27 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
Power Surge: Brown scored three power-play goals in the 5-3 win at St. Lawrence, marking the first time the Bears recorded three power-play tallies in the same game since Feb. 4, 2012, coincidentally in a 5-3 loss against the Saints.
Naclerio's Goal Streak: Mark Naclerio has scored at least one goal in each of the last five contests, accumulating 10 points in that span. Naclerio leads the Bears in goals (11), points (24) and game-winning goals (3) this season.
Robertson Nets a Pair: Dennis Robertson registered a pair of power-play goals in a 5-3 win at St. Lawrence, marking the first time a Brown defenseman posted two tallies in the same game since Jake Goldberg scored twice in a 4-3 win over Clarkson in the first round of the 2012 ECAC playoffs.
Steel Gets on the Board: Rookie goaltender Tyler Steel earned an assist on Mark Naclerio's goal in a 3-2 loss at Clarkson. The last Brown goalie to earn an assist was Marco De Filippo on Oct. 26, 2012 in a 2-1 win over Princeton.
Triple Threat: The trio of Matt Lorito, Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin has provided a bulk of the team's scoring this season, accounting for 49 percent of the point total. The trio was responsible for 10 of Brown's 13 points in the 5-3 win at St. Lawrence, while Naclerio and Lappin notched four points apiece.
Robertson Nearing 50 Assists: Dennis Robertson enters this weekend with 49 career assists, needing just one to become the 38th member of the 50-assist club in program history. Robertson ranks fifth on the team with seven assists this season.
Lappin Going Strong: Nick Lappin has notched 11 points over the last six games, headlined by four multiple-point contests. Lappin has scored five goals during the stretch, including the game-winning tally at Colorado College.
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.
Wins & Losses: In Brown's six wins this season, the Bears have racked up 80 points on 29 goals and 51 assists. In addition, the Bears clock in at 31 percent on the power play in those games.
In Brown's six losses, the Bears have notched just 31 points on 11 goals and 20 assists, going 1-for-24 on power-play attempts.
Sophomores Leading the Way: Despite just four players, Brown's sophomore class leads the team with 48 points, accounting for 42 percent of the point total. Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin rank first and second on the team with 24 and 22 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 205 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan ranks second with 81 wins. Matt Harlow leads the team with a .640 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.