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Bruno ties Quinnipiac, takes down Princeton

A tie against the number two team followed by a win over Princeton boosts team confidence

By
Contributing Writer
Monday, February 4, 2013

Massimo Lamacchia ’15 pushes forward down the rink in a match, which ended in a 5-1 win against Princeton during the ECAC match-up.

The men’s hockey team tied Quinnipiac and defeated Princeton in back-to-back ECAC match-ups this weekend.

Saturday’s win moves the Bears into a tie for sixth place in the conference with Princeton and St. Lawrence.

 

Brown 1, No. 2 Quinnipiac 1

In a much anticipated match-up against the number two team in the nation, goalie Anthony Borelli ’13 led the Bears (8-9-5, 4-6-5 ECAC) with a career-high 38 saves to a tie with the Bobcats (19-3-4, 12-0-2).

Borelli continued to play well after tallying 23 saves in his first career shutout against Cornell last Saturday.

“Luckily, I was able to make the saves, and my team responded after that,” Borelli said. “We came back and played to a 1-1 tie against one of the best teams in the nation, so we’ve got to feel pretty good about ourselves.”

Defenseman Brandon Pfeil ’16 scored Brown’s only goal of the game in the second period, his second goal of the season.

Neither team was able to generate much offense early in the first period, and Brown failed to capitalize on any of its three power-play opportunities, which came late in the period.

Pfeil put Brown on the board with seven minutes left in the frame, set up by an assist from Mark Naclerio ’16.

“I was just trying to get the puck through to the net,” Pfeil said. “The guy blocked the shot, and luckily it came right back to me.”

Connor Jones responded for the Bobcats less than three minutes later in a power-play goal assisted by Matthew Peca and Kellen Jones.

Midway through the third period, Quinnipiac gained a two-man advantage after Garnet Hathaway ’14 and Captain Dennis Robertson ’14 were assessed penalties. Bruno’s penalty kill came up big, keeping the score tied at one.

Nick Lappin ’16 had the Bears’ best scoring opportunity of the period with a minute left in the game, slipping past a Bobcat defender and firing a backhander at goalie Eric Hartzell.

Each goalie kept his defense tight in overtime, ensuring a tie.

Robertson added to the strong defensive effort with a game-high seven blocked shots.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more of the guys,” said Head Coach Brendan Whittet ’94. “They left it on the ice. They played as hard as they could.”

 

Brown 5, Princeton 1

Hathaway led the Bears to their second consecutive victory against Princeton (7-10-4, 5-6-3) with two goals.

But it was a bittersweet victory for Bruno. Saturday’s game started off physically with both teams exchanging a flurry of hits, and Robertson and top-line winger Ryan Jacobson ’15 both went down with injuries early in the first period. The extents of these injuries are unknown, though Robertson was only able to complete one shift after trying to return in the second period.

“Injuries happen,” Whittet said. “It just seems like they’ve been coming in unbelievable waves to us this year.”

Matt Harlow ’15 scored Bruno’s first goal less than two minutes into the game, assisted by Robertson and Mark Hourihan ’14. Eric Meland netted the Tigers’ first score late in the period.

Brown opened the floodgates in the second period, scoring three goals in just over a minute.

After a Meland penalty put Bruno on the power play, Jake Goldberg ’14 rocketed a slap shot past goalie Sean Bonar for a power-play goal, his first of the season.

Not to be outdone, center Mark Senecal ’13 tallied his first goal of the season 12 seconds later.

Princeton coach Bob Prier then replaced Bonar with Mike Condon, only to see Hathaway score the first of his two goals 49 seconds later, assisted by Lappin.

Hathaway struck again midway through the third but could not complete the hat trick on a scoring opportunity late in the game.

“I think Brown came out hard at home, and they had a good game,” Prier said. “We got outworked at the end of the day, and we couldn’t generate very much tonight.”

  • Paula

    Well-written story with great quotes!