PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's hockey team will open up the ECAC playoffs with a best-of-three first round matchup at seventh-seeded Princeton on March 2-4 at Hobey Baker Rink in New Jersey. Links to live stats and video will be available at brownbears.com.
Matchup: No. 10 Brown (8-17-4, 7-14-1 ECAC) at No. 7 Princeton (13-12-4, 10-10-2 ECAC)
Date: March 2-4 (Best-of-Three Series)
Time: 7 PM
Venue: Hobey Baker Rink (Princeton, N.J.)
Stream: Boxcast (ecachockey.com)
Watch Live on Boxcast
ECAC Hockey tournament games will be available for viewing by a global audience and be aired through www.ecachockey.com. Fans can watch all first-round, quarterfinal round games, as well as championship weekend of the ECAC Hockey tournament on mobile devices as well as standard PCs and Macs. The games will be available on iOS devices as well as Androids.
Last Time Out
Brown wrapped up the regular season with a weekend sweep over Harvard and Dartmouth at home. Sam Lafferty propelled the Bears to a 6-4 win over the Crimson on Friday, scoring three goals in the third period for a four-point night, while Alex Brink, Trey Dodd and Josh McArdle also scored. Rookie Luke Kania made 41 saves in net and the Bears scored two power-play goals. Kania went on to post a 29-dave shutout over Dartmouth the next night. Tommy Marchin, Charlie Corcoran and Max Gottlieb all scored, while defenseman Zach Giuttari had three assists.
Princeton earned three league points over St. Lawrence and Clarkson last weekend to secure home ice in the first round of the tournament. The Tigers are 7-2-1 over the last ten games and own the top scoring offense in the league at 3.45 goals per game. Max Véronneau and Ryan Kuffner rank one-two in the ECAC in scoring with 44 and 41 points, respectively. Kuffner also leads the conference with 25 goals and the Tigers rank second on the power play at 26.7 percent. Ryan Ferland enters the weekend at 12-10-4 with a 3.15 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. Princeton is allowing 3.31 goals per game.
Brown vs. Princeton All-Time
This Friday will be the 169th meeting all-time between Brown and Princeton. Brown holds an 87-69-12 advantage over Princeton in the all-time series, which dates back to a 4-4 tie during the 1899-1900 season. The two teams split the season series as each team won on the road. Tommy Marchin scored three goals against the Tigers between the two games.
Brown vs. Princeton in the Playoffs
The Bears have played Princeton five times in the playoffs, most recently in 2007, when the sixth-seeded Tigers won the series, 2-1, in New Jersey to advance to the quarterfinals. The two teams also met in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2003. Princeton leads the all-time post-season series against the Bears, 7-5.
All-Time in the ECAC First Round
Since the first season that the ECAC hosted a First Round of the playoffs (1989-90), Brown has played in the First Round 20 times. The Bears were 2-1 in single-elimination games between 1989-90 and 1996-97, while opening in the Quarterfinal Round in four of the five other seasons. The ECAC began a best-of-three format for the First Round beginning with the 1997-98 season. The Bears are 14-25-0 all-time in those games, winning the series five times (in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013). Brown fell to fifth-seeded Quinnipiac in the first round last year, 2-0.
Gottlieb Named NCAA Second Star
Max Gottlieb almost doubled his season offensive output in one weekend. On Friday, he had three assists including one on the game-winner in Brown's 6-4 victory over Harvard. On Saturday, he had a goal and assisted on the game-winner in the Bears' 3-0 win against Dartmouth. The junior defenseman finished the weekend with five points on a goal and four assists, in addition to six shots on goal and a +2 rating. He improved his season totals to 14 points on three goals and 11 assists.
Lafferty posted four points over the weekend to help Brown to a sweep against Harvard and Dartmouth. He recorded his first career hat trick in the win over Harvard, scoring all three goals in the third period, and also added an assist for the four-point night. He led all ECAC players with two power-play goals and also went 61 percent on faceoff percentage.
Kania backstopped Brown to a weekend sweep as the only ECAC goalie to win two games and post a shutout. He led the conference with 70 saves, including a career high 41-save effort against Harvard, and earned his first career shutout in a 3-0 win over Dartmouth.
End on a High Note
Brown ended the last weekend of the regular season with a home sweep over Ivy League rivals Harvard and Dartmouth, including a 3-0 shutout over the Big Green. It was Brown's first home weekend sweep since the 2013-14 season, which was also over Harvard/Dartmouth, and its first home shutout since 2014.
Some Offense on D
Defensemen Max Gottlieb and Zach Giuttari combined for nine points (1-8-9) last weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth. The duo rank third and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively, and have combined for 13 power-play points.