PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University men's hockey team returns to College Hill for a pair of ECAC contests against Princeton (2/14, 7 p.m.) and fourth-ranked Quinnipiac (2/15, 4 p.m.) this weekend. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.
Brown (9-11-3, 6-9-1 ECAC) vs. Princeton (4-19-0, 3-13-0 ECAC)
Friday, Feb. 14 | 7 p.m. | Meehan Auditorium
Brown (9-11-3, 6-9-1 ECAC) vs. No. 4 Quinnipiac (20-5-5, 10-3-3 ECAC)
Saturday, Feb. 15 | 4 p.m. | Meehan Auditorium
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Last Time Out: Brown dropped a pair of road contests last weekend, falling at No. 4 Union, 4-3, before losing to Rensselaer, 4-1. In the loss at Union, sophomores Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin scored a pair of power-play goals within a 15-second span to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. After Union responded with two tallies, freshman Zack Pryzbek evened the score with 31 seconds left in the second, but the Dutchmen notched the go-ahead goal early in the third to pave the way for the win. Tyler Steel made 27 saves in net for the Bears. Against the Engineers, Dennis Robertson scored the lone Brown goal on a 5-on-3 attempt in the first period, while Steel made 25 stops.
Brown vs. Princeton: This weekend marks the 160th meeting all-time between Brown and Princeton. Brown holds an 85-65-9 advantage over Princeton in the all-time series, which dates back to a 4-4 tie during the 1899-1900 season. Brown went 3-0 against Princeton last season, outscoring the Tigers by an 11-3 margin between all three contests. Brown captured a 6-3 victory at Princeton in the first meeting between the team earlier this season. Naclerio led the way with two goals, while Lappin added four assists. Under fifth-year head coach Brendan Whittet '94, Brown has earned a 7-5-1 record against the Tigers.
Scouting Princeton: Princeton enters Friday's contest at 4-19 overall and 3-13 in the conference after dropping its last five contests. The Tigers are coming off a pair of home losses to St. Lawrence and Clarkson last weekend. Andrew Ammon leads the team with eight goals and four assists for 12 points, while three other players have double figures in points. Senior Sean Bonar and rookie Colton Phinney have split time in net this season. Bonar is 2-9 with a 3.95 GAA and a .885 save percentage, while Phinney is 2-10 with a 3.76 GAA and a .896 save percentage.
Brown vs. Quinnipiac: Brown and Quinnipiac have played 13 games against each other since the 2010-11 season and the teams have faced off in the ECAC Playoffs in each of the last three years. The two teams played to a pair of ties during the 2012-13 regular season with Quinnipiac coming back for a 1-1 tie in Providence and Brown battling back from a late 3-1 deficit to post a 3-3 tie in Hamden. Brown and Quinnipiac then met in the ECAC Semifinals as the Bears blanked the top-seeded Bobcats, 4-0, to move on to the championship game. Quinnipiac picked up a 3-0 victory in Hamden earlier this season.
Scouting QU: Quinnipiac enters the weekend at 20-5-5 overall and 10-3-3 in the league for second place in the conference standings. Quinnipiac is 7-2-1 over the last ten games but have split the last four contests, falling at Merrimack and at home to St. Lawrence last weekend. The Bobcats have six players with at least 20 points on the season, paced by freshman Sam Anas (16-19-35) and senior Kellen Jones (15-20-35). Anas ranks first nationally among rookies with 1.17 points per game. Michael Garteig is 20-5-5 in net and ranks fifth in the nation with a 1.91 GAA to go along with a .907 save percentage. The Bobcats lead the ECAC in scoring offense (3.70) and defense (1.97) and also boast the league's top penalty kill, clocking in at 89.6 percent.
Conference Power Surge: Dennis Robertson leads the team with five power-play goals this season and has scored all five of those goals in conference games to rank third in the ECAC in that category.
Pryzbek Leads Rookies: Freshman Zack Pryzbek, who scored his second goal of the season in a slim 4-3 loss at Union, leads all Brown rookies with six points this season.
Naclerio's Game-Winner: Mark Naclerio scored the game-winning goal in a 5-2 victory Colgate and now ranks third in the ECAC with four game-winning tallies on the season.
Start and Finish: Brown is fairly even when it comes to scoring by the period, notching 21 goals in the first stanza, 19 in the second and 21 in the third. However, the Bears are 1-8-1 when trailing after the first period, but unbeaten at 6-0-1 with a lead entering the third frame.
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 11 losses, the Bears have notched just 45 points on 16 goals and 29 assists, going 4-for-40 on power-play attempts, while allowing 10 power-play goals.
Sophomores Leading the Way: Despite just four players, Brown's sophomore class leads the team with 69 points, accounting for 40 percent of the point total. Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin rank first and second on the team with 30 and 28 points, respectively.
Facing Off: Sophomore Mark Naclerio has led the Bears in the faceoff circle so far this season. Naclerio paces with Bears with 300 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan ranks second with 104 wins. Matt Harlow leads the team with a .556 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.