PROVIDENCE, RI – Trailing, 3-1, after the first period, the Brown men's hockey team (3-5-3, 0-3-3) clawed back with one goal in each of the final two periods, including the tying goal with 67 seconds left in regulation, to earn a 3-3 tie with #12 Union (8-3-3, 3-2-2) in an ECAC Hockey contest Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
"I thought we played really hard," said head coach Brendan Whittet '94. "We obviously need to clean up our penalty kill, but I thought we did a good job as the game wore on. Overall, a tie is okay. We want wins. Our guys battled very hard from the drop of the puck. It's disappointing when you get down 3-1. But, we have some big hearts on this team and I am pleased with a lot of the things we did."
Brown dominated the third period of play and was finally rewarded with 67 seconds remaining when sophomore Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, Ontario) tipped a Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, BC) point shot over Troy Grosenick's shoulder to force overtime. Lamacchia's tying goal, his second goal of the season, came with Brown skating six players after pulling its goalie in favor of the extra attacker just seven seconds earlier.
The Bears then weathered a flurry of five Union shots during the first 1:30 of overtime, but senior Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY) and the rest of the Brown defense held on, denying all five attempts to earn the point. Borelli finished with 16 saves in 46:25 to earn the tie.
"Anthony came in and did a pretty good job, especially in overtime," said Whittet. "He came in and made some saves that were big saves."
Brown got off to a great start, outplaying Union from the outset and taking a 1-0 lead at 11:51 of the first when senior Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) finished off a great passing sequence with linemates Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) and Mike Juola (Lake Forest, CA). Juola started the play from the right wing, passing to Lorito in the center. Lorito immediately sent the puck to Zaires, who drove the net and back-handed the puck into the lower right corner.
Union capitalized on two separate power play chances less than two minutes apart during the next 5:11 to turn its 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead with 2:58 left in the period. Daniel Carr got his team on the board at 15:18, just 10 seconds into the first power play of the evening for either team, while Josh Jooris scored just 13 seconds into the second power play of the night at 17:02.
The Dutchmen increased their lead to 3-1 at the 18:19 mark, when Jooris deflected a shot by Carr for his second goal of the evening and sixth of the season. Following the goal, Borelli replaced junior Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy), who finished with six saves, in the Bears' net.
Brown got one back at 7:01 of the middle stanza, capitalizing on its first extra-man opportunity of the game. Late in the power play, Robertson collected the puck at the right point and found Lamacchia at the far side with a diagonal pass. Lamacchia immediate sent the puck back over to Lorito at the right circle and the Bears' leading scorer beat Grosenick with a wrist shot for his team-leading eighth goal of the year.
Brown's defense did the rest from there, limiting Union to just 11 shots over the final 40 minutes of play, until Lamacchia's tying goal.
In all, Brown outshot Union, 28-25. The Dutchmen were 2-4 on the power play, while the Bears were 1-3.
Brown has a quick turn around before tomorrow's game and will close out the first semester Saturday afternoon when it hosts Rensselaer in a 4:00 p.m. ECAC Hockey contest.
#12 UNION 3 0 0 0 - 3
BROWN 1 1 1 0 - 3
First period – B, Zaires (Lorito, Juola), 11:51; U, Carr (Jooris, M. Bodie), PP, 15:18; U, Jooris (Carr, Boyle), PP, 17:02; U, Jooris (Carr, Stuart), 18:19. Penalties – U, 0-0; B, 3-6.
Second period – B, Lorito (Lamacchia, Robertson), PP, 7:01. Penalties – U, 3-6; B, 2-4.
Third Period – B, Lamacchia (Robertson, Wahl), EX, 18:43. Penalties – U, 1-2; B, 0-0.
U, Troy Grosenick (65:00), 9-7-8-1 – 25; B, Marco De Filippo (18:19), 6-x-x-x – 6; Anthony Borelli (46:25), 0-7-4-5 – 16.
Pictured: Massimo Lamacchia '15. Photo by DSPics.net.