January 8, 2011

Bears Fall to Dartmouth, 3-1

HANOVER, NH – The Big Green scored three different types of goals – short-handed, power play, and even strength – as Dartmouth (8-5-2, 6-3-1) earned a 3-1 win over the Brown men's hockey team (5-6-4, 3-4-1) and picked up two valuable points in the process in an ECAC Hockey and Ivy League contest Saturday evening at Thompson Arena.

Having both played physical games on Friday evening, both Brown and Dartmouth battled back-and-forth for the first period, playing what was by all accounts a relatively clean period.

Both teams had chances during the opening frame, but Dartmouth's James Mello and freshman Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) stopped 11 shots to keep the game scoreless through one.

Brown had two particularly dangerous sequences in the period, but Dartmouth was able to hold on to keep the Bears off the board. Senior Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) had the first towards the middle of the frame when Mello just got a pad on his blast from the left faceoff circle. The rebound caromed out to the other side, but with a partially open net, no one from Brown could get to the puck and Dartmouth was able to clear.

Then at the tail end of the period, Brown peppered Mello with a flurry of shots, to no avail, as the teams headed for the locker rooms.

The Bears started the second frame with 1:46 remaining on a power play after a tripping call on Dartmouth's Dustin Walsh with 15 seconds left in the first. Brown had plenty of chances, firing off four shots, but Mello was there to make the save each time.

The two teams then traded power play chances, which overlapped for 1:18. Neither team scored during its respective 42 second power play, but the Big Green struck for a short-handed goal at 4:56 to grab a 1-0 lead. Stationed behind the net, Scott Fleming fed Adam Estoclet at the top of the crease and the Big Green senior one-timed it past De Filippo glove-side high for his seventh of the year.

With the teams each skating four players for the second time of the evening, junior Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ), who returned to the lineup after missing the first two games of his career, tied the score for Brown, beating Mello near side on a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle. Junior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) earned a point for the ninth straight game with an assist on the goal.

Junior Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) looked to put Brown ahead in the 16th minute, racing in on a partial breakaway. Hit momentum carried him into Mello and he ended up with a five-minute charging the goalie. Two Dartmouth penalties and a second on Brown on the same play set up two minutes of four-on-four action, which would be followed by a full three-minute power play for the Big Green.

However, just eight seconds after the penalties, senior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) was whistled for cross checking, giving the Big Green a four-on-three advantage, which Fleming capitalized on just 25 seconds later to give Dartmouth the lead for good, 2-1.

Perhaps fighting fatigue from two highly contested games the night before, the first 15 minutes of the third period were relatively quiet on both sides. With Brown still looking for the equalizer and time winding down, Dustin Walsh wristed a high shot over the glove of De Filippo with 5:43 left to play to give the Big Green a 3-1 lead.  

The two teams took matching minors for hitting after the whistle at 16:01 and head coach Brendan Whittet pulled DeFilippo in favor of the extra attacker and a five-on-four advantage. Twice Dartmouth's Matt Linbald had a chance at the open net but rookies Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, BC) and Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) blocked the consecutive shots to keep the Bears alive.

Maclellan had Brown's best chance with just over a minute remaining, but the Bears' leading scorer put Zolnierczyk's feed right into Mello, as Dartmouth held on for the win.

DeFilippo matched his career-high with 32 saves, including 18 in the second period, while Mello made 33 for the Big Green. Brown returns to action next weekend with a home and home with its travel partner; #1-ranked Yale. Games, which both start at 4:00, are Saturday in New Haven and Sunday in Providence.

BROWN                        0            1            0            x            -             1
DARTMOUTH            0            2            1            x            -             3

First Period –
No Scoring. Penalties –B, 0-0; D, 1-2.

Second Period – D, Estoclet (Fleming), SH, 4:56; B, Buvinow (Maclellan), 4x4, 11:51; D, Fleming (Stephens, Estoclet), 4x3, 16:18. Penalties – B, 5-13; D, 4-8.

Third Period – D, Walsh (unassisted), 14:17. Penalties – B, 1-2; D, 2-4.

Saves

B, Marco DeFilippo (56:16) – 11-18-3-x – 32; D, James Mello (60:00) – 11-10-12-x – 33.

Pictured: Jeff Buvinow '12. Photo by DSPics.net.