A Tale of Two Goalies
Brown's Anthony Borelli and PC's John Gillies are leading from the net
by Dan Schwartz
Brute strength was once the hallmark of great hockey teams. Then dynamic skating and speed became all important. Now we've entered the age of the goalie, where having a stellar net minder is a basic requirement for success. Brown senior Anthony Borelli came out of nowhere his senior year to lead his team, almost by himself, into the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) playoffs with home ice advantage. Across town at Providence College, freshman goalie Jon Gillies put up ludicrous numbers in February, helping Providence stay at the top of the Hockey East conference.
Borelli at Brown is an unlikely hero, as he didn't play last season. Then this year, after the Brown Bears suffered a 7-0 beating by Providence College eight games into the season, Borelli finally got his chance. And since then he's been lights out: a 1.77 Goals Against Average (ranked 5th in the country) and an astounding .943 Save Percentage. Brown coach Brendan Whittet says, "A goaltender can change everything. Anthony has allowed us the opportunity to have a run in the playoffs and he's given our guys the confidence to execute on the offensive side. That's a powerful thing."
To read the rest of the article, from the April edition of East Side Monthly, click here