Men’s Hockey Fights for Playoff Positioning at Dartmouth and Harvard this Weekend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University men's hockey team heads out for its final road trip of the regular season when the Bears visit Dartmouth (2/21) and Harvard (2/22) 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 (10-12-3, 7-10-1 ECAC) at Dartmouth (6-16-3, 5-12-1 ECAC)
Friday, Feb. 21 | 7 p.m. | Thompson Arena
Brown (10-12-3, 7-10-1 ECAC) at Harvard (9-12-4, 5-9-4 ECAC)
Saturday, Feb. 2 | 7 p.m. | Bright Center
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Last Time Out: Brown split a pair of home contests last weekend, first falling to Princeton, 3-2, before a taking down fourth-ranked Quinnipiac, 4-2. Mark Naclerio scored for the Bears against the Tigers, while Matt Lorito scored on a penalty shot for the second time this season. Rookie Tyler Steel made 28 saves in the loss. In the win over Quinnipiac, the Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back, as senior Marco De Filippo made the start in net and recorded 23 saves to earn the victory. Senior Garnet Hathaway led the offense with two goals, while Massimo Lamacchia and Nick Lappin notched one goal apiece. Dennis Robertson also added two assists. Brown outshot the Bobcats by a 38-31 margin.
Brown vs. Dartmouth: When Brown plays Dartmouth on Friday, it will mark the 149th meeting in the rivalry between the two teams, dating back to 1927-28. Dartmouth leads the all-time series by a 73-68-8 margin and has posted an 11-2-1 record in the last 14 games, including three victories last season. However, Brown already has two victories over the Big Green this season, including a 5-3 victory in the second game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational in Newark, N.J. The Bears also rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory at Meehan Auditorium. Nick Lappin notched a pair of third-period goals to even the score before Kyle Kramer posted the game winner in overtime. Brown's last sweep of the Big Green came during the 2007-08 season.
Scouting Dartmouth: Dartmouth (6-16-3, 5-12-1) enters Friday's game next-to-last in the ECAC standings, but has won three of its last four, including a road sweep over St. Lawrence and Clarkson last weekend. The Big Green knocked off the Saints, 3-1, before exploding for a 6-1 victory at Clarkson behind a pair of two-goal performances from Eric Neiley and Brad Schierhorn. Neiley leads the team in both goals (12) and points (20), while Brandon McNally paces the Big Green with 11 assists. Charles Grant is 5-9-2 on the season with a 3.42 GAA and a .896 save percentage.
Brown vs. Harvard: Brown and Harvard have met 163 times, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 106-44-13. 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, Mass. Brown is 7-6-4 in the past 16 meetings, including a 5-5-3 record in the last 13 games. Brown captured the first meeting this season as Kyle Kramer and Dennis Robertson each scored first-period goals to lead the Bears to a 2-1 victory at Meehan Auditorium.
Scouting Harvard: Harvard enters the weekend at 9-12-4 overall and 5-9-4 in the ECAC, just one point behind Brown in the conference standings. Harvard is 4-1-1 over the last six games, and unbeaten over the last four contests, including a 1-0 win at Clarkson and a 2-2 draw at St. Lawrence last weekend. Jimmy Vesey leads the Crimson with 22 points on 13 goals and nine assists, and is tied for the league lead with five game-winning goals. Steve Michalek, who has started the last four games in net, is 4-5-2 on the season with a 2.28 GAA and a .927 save percentage. Harvard boasts the second-best penalty kill unit in the conference, clocking in at 86.9 percent.
Hathaway Nets a Pair: Senior Garnet Hathaway scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to lead Brown to a 4-2 victory over Quinnipiac on Saturday for his first multiple-goal performance of the season. Brown is undefeated (3-0-1) when Hathaway scores a goal this season.
Lorito Scores Second Penalty Shot: Junior Matt Lorito converted his second penalty shot of the season in a 3-2 loss to Princeton on Friday when he beat Colton Phinney in the second period to even the score. Lorito also scored on a penalty shot earlier this season in a 5-1 loss at Cornell.
Conference Ranks: Mark Naclerio ranks third in the ECAC in points per game (1.28) and second in the conference in goals per game (0.64).
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 23 goals in the first stanza, 23 in the second and 21 in the third. However, the Bears are 1-9-1 when trailing after the first period, but unbeaten at 7-0-1 with a lead entering the third frame.
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 53 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 11 assists this season.
Brown versus the Ivies: Brown is 6-4-0 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 10 wins this season, the Bears have racked up 114 points on 41 goals and 73 assists. In addition, the Bears clock in at 23 percent on the power play in those games.
In Brown's 12 losses, the Bears have notched just 49 points on 18 goals and 31 assists, going 4-for-45 on power-play attempts, while allowing 11 power-play goals.
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.