The men’s ice hockey team (1-2, 1-2 ECAC) lost to Princeton (2-1, 2-0 ECAC) in a 6-3 battle Friday night. The Bears started the game with a spark of momentum in the first period, before a second period surge by the Tigers put the game out of reach.
Brown jumped to an early lead as Brett Bliss ’25 scored his first career goal on a power play just 52 seconds after the opening faceoff. Assisted by Michael Maloney ’22 with a secondary assist from Samuli Niinisaari ’23, Bliss struck a shot from the top of the right circle that made its waythrough traffic and beat Princeton’s defense and goaltender. Bliss’ goal gave the Bears an early 1-0 advantage, which would be their only lead of the game.
Princeton tied the game with 2:34 left in the first period, sending the puck past Brown goaltender Luke Kania GS. Despite the goal, Kania remained poised for the Bears, ending the game with 22 saves. The Tigers outshot the Bears 47-16, making it difficult for the defense and Kania to keep Bruno in the game.
Head Coach Brendan Whittet mentioned that he was proud of Kania’s goaltending efforts, especially considering the shot differential.
“Kania was not our problem,” Whittet said. “We had to play a lot better in terms of effort and tenacity. It was something that stemmed little from (our defensive) systems ... As a team, we weren’t playing (to the standard of) Brown hockey.”
The Tigers dominated the Bears in the second period, scoring four goals to stun Brown’s defense. After a scoreless second period by Brown, defenseman Luke Krys ’23 turned things around in the third period and cut into Princeton’s lead with Brown’s second power play goal of the night. Justin Jallen ’23 passed to Tristan Crozier ’23 who sent the puck to Krys at the top of the slot for the goal.
Krys explained that there were positives to take from Brown’s defeat. “It’s a huge learning opportunity for the team to understand we have to be ready to play any other team just as much when we play a top five team in the country,” Krys said. “It starts with the leaders needing to push the pace and for us to play as (a) unit.”
Cole Quisenberry ’23 echoed a similar sentiment, saying the Bears are ready for a clean start. “This is a game we want to put behind us quickly and move on from,” Quisenberry said. “It will be a good test for us to see how we respond bouncing back from this game. We’ll need to show up to the rink much more prepared and ready to go against the rest of our opponents.”
Brown’s final goal of the game came with 35 seconds remaining as Nathan Plessis ’23 scored his second goal in two games, scoring a one-timer from the right dot off a feed from Jake Harris ’22.
Brown had a quick turnaround to complete the weekend, as the Bears played Saturday against No. 6 Quinnipiac University (7-1-2, 2-0 ECAC). Brown shored up its defense against Quinnipiac but fell to the Bobcats 1-0 after letting up a third period goal.
The Bears are off next weekend before a Nov. 19 game at Cornell (3-1, 1-1 ECAC) and a Nov. 20 game at Colgate University (5-6, 0-2 ECAC). Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.