Pair of Power Play Goals and 20 Saves From Clemente Lifts Bears Past Waterloo, 2-0, in Exhibition

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown men's hockey team scored a pair of power play goals and senior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) stopped 20 shots, as the Bears defeated Waterloo, 2-0, in an exhibition contest on Sunday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium. The exhibition was the final pre-season event for the Bears, who open their 2011-12 season on Friday, October 29, when they face Dartmouth in first round action of the Ivy Showcase.

The Bears dominated the first period, outshooting Waterloo, 22-6. However, Warriors' goalie, Justin Leclerc, was solid in net, stopping 21 shots and keeping Brown off the board until the 15th minute of the period when senior Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) scored on a two-man advantage. After receiving the puck from freshman Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO), Buvinow skated in towards the net and beat Leclerc to the left side. Freshman Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, ONT) also assisted. 

Lamacchia and Buvinow combined for the Bears' second goal just 2:05 into the second period. Jacobson started the play when he passed from the left corner up to Buvinow at the near point. Buvinow fired a shot on net that Leclerc saved. However, the rebound bounced right to Lamacchia at the far post, and he one-timed the puck in for a 2-0 lead.

The Bears continued to dominate throughout the remainder of the second period and the entire third, building a 51-20 advantage in shots for the game. However, despite several close chances and some quality saves by Leclerc, the Bears could not capitalize, as the score remained, 2-0, through the final whistle.

Senior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) played the entire game and finished with 20 saves, while Leclerc stopped 49 in 59:55 for the Warriors.

Brown returns to action next Friday when it faces Dartmouth in a 7:00 p.m. contest as part of the Ivy Showcase. The Bears then meet Princeton on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Both games count in the overall record but not in ECAC Hockey or Ivy League standings.   

WATERLOO                        0            0            0            x            -            0
BROWN                              1            1            0            x            -            2

First period – B, Buvinow (Jacobson, Lamacchia), 5x3, 14:06. Penalties – W, 5-18; B, 3-6.
Second period –
B, Lamacchia (Buvinow, Jacobson), PP, 2:05. Penalties – W, 2-4; B, 1-2.
Third Period –
No Scoring. Penalties – W, 3-6; B, 1-2.

Saves
W, Justin Leclerc (59:55), 21-14-14-x – 49; B, Mike Clemente (60:00), 6-10-4-x – 20.

Pictured: Jeff Buvinow '12 had a goal and an assist against Waterloo. Photo by DSPics.net.