PROVIDENCE, RI – Junior Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) led four different scorers with a pair of goals, while the Bears played solid team defense for 60 minutes in limiting Princeton to just 23 shots en route to a 5-1 victory over the Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium.
Brown improves to 8-9-5 on the season and 4-6-5 in the ECAC, while Princeton falls to 7-10-4 overall and 5-6-3 in ECAC Hockey.
The Bears had three different players with multiple points, as junior Mark Hourihan (Lynnfield, MA) and freshman Mark Naclerio (Milford, CT) each added a goal and an assist. Junior Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, PA) and senior Marc Senecal (Thunder Bay, Ontario) both scored their first goals of the year in the win.
"We seemed to have a little more jump than they did and we seemed to get to a lot of pucks," said head coach Brendan Whittet '94. "I am happy with the win and the fact that we played really, really good defense. Princeton didn't have a lot of looks at net so I was happy with the way with played team defense."
With the score tied 1-1 through the first 30 minutes, Brown utilized a three-goal outburst in a span of 61 seconds to open the game up. Goldberg began the scoring when he converted Brown's third power play of the night, tallying what would prove to be the game-winner. Naclerio sent the puck across the ice from the left to the right, where sophomore Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, Ontario) picked it up and faked a shot. Lamacchia dished to Goldberg at the center of the blueline, whose blast beat Bonar through a screen at 12:11.
Just 12 seconds later, Senecal increased Brown's lead to 3-1 when he picked up the rebound of an initial attempt by Hourihan and knocked it into the partially open net, chasing Bonar (29 saves) from the game. Hathaway capped the run 49 seconds after Senecal's goal, finishing off a text-book two-on-one with freshman Nick Lappin (Geneva, IL). Lappin skated the puck in on the right wing and passed to Hathaway, who one-timed the puck past Mike Condon, stick-side, from the slot.
The Bears jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:43 into the game when sophomore Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, MA) deflected the puck past Sean Bonar, from the top of the crease, for his fourth goal of the season. Hourihan and junior Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, British Columbia) both assisted on the goal.
The Bears continued to dominate the opening frame, outshooting the Tigers, 17-7, despite playing with a shortened bench. Robertson and sophomore Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) both left the ice prior to the midway point of the period and did not return, except for a single shift for each of them for the remainder of the game.
A tripping call against Princeton's Eric Meland at the 13:06 mark gave Brown its second power play of the night, which resulted in several quality chances including a few at the tail end of the advantage with an open net. However, the Tigers were able to hold on and Meland tied the game at 1-1 just 12 seconds after returning to the ice. He collected the puck in the neutral zone, skated along the left-wing unguarded and beat senior Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY) with a wrist-shot from the left circle that clanged off the far post and in at 15:18.
Brown's complete team effort was more dominant throughout the middle 20 minutes, building a 21-5 advantage in shots during the frame and scoring three times in a span of 61 seconds. Hathaway added his second goal of the game midway through the third period, converting a feed from sophomore Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) and narrowly missed a hat-trick, hitting the post on a partial breakaway with under three minutes left in the game.
For the game, Brown outshot Princeton, 50-23, as Borelli needed just 22 saves to record his sixth win of the year. Condon finished with 16 saves, allowing two goals, in relief of Bonar.
Brown will close out its three-game homestand next Saturday, February 9th, when it hosts Yale in a 7:00 p.m. ECAC Hockey and Ivy League contest.
PRINCETON 1 0 0 x - 1
BROWN 1 3 1 x - 5
First period – B, Harlow (Hourihan, Robertson), 1:43; P, Meland (unassisted), 15:18. Penalties – P, 3-6; B, 2-4.
Second period – B, Goldberg (Lamacchia, Naclerio), PP, 12:11; B, Senecal (Hourihan, Drolet), 12:23; B, Hathaway (Lappin, Naclerio), 13:12. Penalties – P, 2-4; B, 0-0.
Third Period – B, Hathaway (Lorito, Ryan), 11:57. Penalties – P, 3-6; B, 5-10.
P, Bonar (32:23), 16-13-x-x – 29; P, Condon (27:37), x-5-11-x – 16; B, Borelli (59:53), 6-5-11-x – 22.
Pictured: Garnet Hathaway '14. Photo by DSPics.net.