Men’s Hockey Visits No. 4 Union, RPI this Weekend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University men's hockey team hits the road for a pair of ECAC contests when the Bears visit No. 4 Union (2/7) and Rennselaer this weekend. 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 (9-9-3, 6-7-1 ECAC) at No. 4 Union (17-6-3, 11-3-0 ECAC)
Friday, Feb. 7 | 7 p.m. | Messa Rink
Brown (9-9-3, 6-7-1 ECAC) at RPI (11-11-4, 5-6-3 ECAC)
Saturday, Feb. 8 | 7 p.m. | Houston Fieldhouse
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Last Time Out: Brown split a pair of home games against two ranked opponents last weekend, opening with a 5-2 victory over No. 18 Colgate before falling to No. 11 Cornell, 2-1. Mark Naclerio recorded two goals and one assist and Nick Lappin registered three points to lead the Bears against the Raiders on Friday. The line of Naclerio, Lappin and Michael Juola racked up eight points in the contest, as Juola added two assists, while freshman Tyler Steel made 32 saves to earn the win. In addition to Lappin, seniors Garnet Hathaway and Jake Goldberg also scored for the Bears. Naclerio also netted a third-period goal against the Big Red, while Steel made 18 saves in the loss.
Brown vs. Union: This weekend marks the 46th meeting between Brown and Union, dating back to a 3-2 Union victory on December 30, 1989. The Bears hold a 21-13-11 series advantage over the Dutchmen, including a 9-6-6 record in the past 20 meetings, after the teams played to a 3-3 tie at Meehan and Union claimed a 2-0 victory in home last season. Since the 2010-11 season, when the current seniors were freshmen, Brown holds a 2-3-1 record. Massimo Lamacchia is Brown's statistical leader against Union with 2-3-5 totals in four career games, while Dennis Robertson adds five assists in five career games.
Scouting Union: Fourth-ranked Union enters the weekend at 17-6-3 and 11-3-0 in the ECAC for first place in the conference standings. The Dutchmen are 6-3-1 over the last 10 games, but dropped two straight before a 4-3 win over Clarkson last Saturday. Max Novak and Matt Wilkins netted back-to-back third-period goals to secure the victory. Union ranks second in the league offensively with 3.46 goals per game. Daniel Carr leads the way with 12 goals and 14 assists for a team-high 26 points, while nine different players have at least 15 total points. Colin Stevens has played a majority of the time in net for a 14-4-1 record with a 2.09 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Brown vs. RPI: This weekend will mark the 89th meeting between Brown and RPI, dating back to a 5-0 Brown win during the 1951-52 season. The Engineers currently lead the all-time series, 57-23-8, including a season sweep in both 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Bears halted RPI's four-game winning streak with a 2-2 tie in Providence early last season, but the Engineers won the season series with a 5-1 victory in Troy. From there, the two teams met in the 2013 ECAC quarterfinals as the Bears claimed a 2-1 series victory on the road to move on to the semifinals.
Scouting RPI: Rensselaer enters the weekend at 11-11-4 and 5-6-3 in ECAC action after winning three of its last four games, including a split at Clarkson and SLU last weekend. Mark Miller and Ryan Haggerty notched consecutive goals in the third period to seal the comeback victory over the Saints on Saturday. Haggerty ranks third in the league in scoring with 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists. Brock Higgs and Matt Neal also have double figures in goals with 13 and 10, respectively. Scott Diebold is 10-10-4 in net for the Engineers with a 2.57 GAA and a .910 save percentage.
Naclerio Named ECAC Player of the Month…: Sophomore Mark Naclerio was been named the ECAC Player of the Month on Feb. 5, 2014. In eight games during the month of January, Naclerio led the Bears with eight goals and 14 points, in addition to six assists, and finished with a plus-7 to go along with six blocks. He posted multiple-point efforts in four games, including three wins, and also notched the game-winning goal against Colgate and the game-tying tally against Denver. Naclerio led the Bears to a 4-2-2 record, registering at least one point in all but one contest. He tied for the national lead in goals scored with eight and goals per game (1.00) and tied for third in points with 14. He led all ECAC Hockey players in points (14), points per game (1.75), goals (8) and assists (10).
…and Player of the Week: Mark Naclerio was named the ECAC Player of the Week for the third time this season on Feb. 4, 2014. Naclerio recorded four points on three goals and one assist to lead Brown to a split against No. 18 Colgate and No. 11 Cornell. Naclerio posted a pair of goals, including the game-winning tally, and added one assist in Friday's 5-2 win over Colgate, before adding a third-period goal in a 2-1 loss to the Big Red Saturday. Naclerio was plus-4 on the weekend and was 31-of-49 (.633) on face-offs. He leads the Bears in goals (14), points (29) and game-winning goals (4).
First of the Season: Senior Jake Goldberg scored in the team's 5-2 victory over No. 18 Colgate for his first goal of the season. The defenseman came back the next night with an assist in a 2-1 loss against No. 11 Cornell.
Juola Returns to Form: After sitting out eight of the last ten games, Michael Juola posted two points against Colgate, marking his first points since Nov. 11.
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 47 percent of the point total and 75 percent of the goal total.
Robertson Reaches 50 Assists: Dennis Robertson earned an assist in a 3-1 victory over Yale to become the 38th member of the 50-assist club in program history. Robertson ranks fourth on the team with eight assists this season.
Brown versus the Ivies: Brown is 6-3-0 against members of the Ivy League this season with wins over Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale. 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 eight wins this season, the Bears have racked up 103 points on 37 goals and 66 assists. In addition, the Bears clock in at 26 percent on the power play in those games.
In Brown's eight losses, the Bears have notched just 33 points on 12 goals and 21 assists, going 1-for-32 on power-play attempts, while allowing eight power-play goals.
Sophomores Leading the Way: Despite just four players, Brown's sophomore class leads the team with 66 points, accounting for 41 percent of the point total. Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin rank first and second on the team with 29 and 26 points, respectively.
Facing Off: Sophomore Mark Naclerio has led the Bears in the faceoff circle so far this season. Naclerio paces with Bears with 268 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan ranks second with 104 wins. Matt Harlow leads the team with a .524 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.