PROVIDENCE, RI – Freshman Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) scored for the second straight game, breaking a 1-1 tie early in the third period to lift the Bears' hockey team (7-7-4, 5-5-1) to a 2-1 victory over St. Lawrence (7-11-4, 3-7-0) on Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
The win gives Brown back-to-back wins for the first time since November 19-20 when the Bears swept at Colgate and Cornell and lifts Brown to .500 both overall and in ECAC Hockey action. With the 7-7-4 record through 18 games, this also marks the first time since 2006-07 that Brown was .500 at this point in the season, while the 5-5-1 league record marks the first time since 2003-04 that Brown was at least .500 in League play at this point in the season. The Bears also moved up two spots in the standings and sit in a three-way tie for 7th with Clarkson and Cornell.
The two teams were just about even through the first 20 minutes of play with Brown holding a slight advantage in both shots, 11-10, and the score, 1-0. The Bears needed just 26 seconds to score, as junior leading scorer Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) was hooked down on a breakaway, drawing his second penalty shot in as many games.
After missing his last attempt, Maclellan made sure to capitalize this time, stick-handling his way towards the net, before pulling Matt Weninger towards the right post and shooting to the far side for his 13th goal of the year.
Still leading, 1-0, early in the second period, the Bear escaped a dangerous attempt by St. Lawrence about five minutes in. The play developed after Brown had trouble clearing the zone at the tail end of the Saints' second power play chance of the night, during which St. Lawrence maintained possession in the zone for nearly the full two minutes. Junior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) made a quick reaction save on a shot by Pete Child, but lost sight of the puck on the rebound. Jarred Keller skated towards the wide open net, but lifted the shot high of everything and Brown was finally able to clear the zone, getting five fresh skaters on the ice.
However, less than two minutes later, the Saints tied the score when George Hughes' shot from the left point deflected off a Brown skate and past Clemente to the far corner at the 6:41 mark.
The Bears opened the third period with 1:45 remaining on their fifth man-advantage of the night, and though they didn't convert on the power play, it gave them the boost they needed to break the 1-1 tie. Just four seconds after the St. Lawrence penalty had expired, sophomore Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ), at the left half wall, played the puck towards the slot for senior Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC). Fratkin skated towards the goal and fired a shot that Weninger saved. However, Hathaway was able to get to the puck and tip it behind Weninger and just over the line, lighting the lamp before Weninger could clear. For Hathaway, it was his second goal in as many games and his fourth goal in the Bears' past six games.
With a faceoff coming to Clemente's right, St. Lawrence called a timeout with 1:18 remaining and subsequently pulled Weninger in favor of the extra attacker. The Saints had several offensive zone faceoffs during the final minutes, but senior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) blocked an attempt by Pat Raley that sent the puck out of the zone. St. Lawrence had one final chance at the tying goal, but freshman Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) was able to tie the puck up on the boards, before it squirted out to Maclellan, who back-handed it out of the zone as time expired.
Clemente recorded 25 saves, while Weninger made 27 for the Saints. Brown continues action tomorrow afternoon when it hosts Clarkson, which lost to Yale, 5-2, in a 4:00 p.m. ECAC Hockey contest.
ST. LAWRENCE 0 1 0 x - 1
BROWN 1 0 1 x - 2
First Period – B, Maclellan (penalty shot), 0:26. Penalties – S, 4-8; B, 2-4.
Second Period – S, Hughes (Bogosian), 6:41. Penalties – S, 3-6; B, 1-2.
Third Period – B, Hathaway (Fratkin, Zaires), 1:49. Penalties – S, 0-0; B, 1-2.
S, Matt Weninger (58:42) – 10-10-7-x – 27; B, Mike Clemente (60:00) – 10-10-5-x – 25.