PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's hockey opens the 2013-14 season on Friday, Oct. 25 when they Bears take on defending national champion Yale in the first game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The game is set to start at 4 p.m. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.
This Weekend: The Bears open their 89th season of collegiate ice hockey this weekend at the first-ever Liberty Hockey Invitational at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Brown will be joined in the four-team classic with host Princeton, Dartmouth and defending national champion Yale. All four teams will play a pair of non-league games that count in the overall record, but not in the ECAC Hockey or Ivy League standings. In Friday's action, Brown will tackle Yale in the early game, before Dartmouth takes on Princeton in the nightcap. On Saturday, Brown will face Dartmouth in the early contest, before Princeton plays host to Yale in the final game. Brown has opened its season in October just nine other times in its 88 prior seasons with this year's season-opening date of October 25th the earliest start date ever.
Watch Live: Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on BrownBears.TV. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages. In addition, all four games at this weekend's Liberty Hockey Invitational will be available through the Ivy League Digital Network.
All-Time in Season Openers: Since Brown's first season in 1897-98, the Bears are 35-50-4 in season opening games. Brown earned it's first season-opening victory since 2003 last year when the Bears knocked off Princeton, 2-1, at home to kick off the Ivy League Showcase.
Last Time Out: In their final action of the 2012-13 season, the Bears fell to Union, 3-1, in the ECAC Tournament Championship game. The seventh-seeded Bears earned a first round series win over Clarkson, in two games, and then a quarterfinal series win over second-seeded Rensselaer, in three games, before upsetting #1 Quinnipiac in the semifinals to advance to the Championship game for the first time since 1993.
2013-14 Captain: Senior defenseman Dennis Robertson has been elected the captain for the 2013-14 season after serving as team captain as a junior last season. Robertson, who earned First Team All-Ivy recognition last season, had another strong year on the Bears' blueline as part of Brown's top defensive pairing. One of seven players on the team to appear in all 36 games, Robertson finished the season tied for fourth on the team with 20 points (3g, 17a) and led the team with 17 assists. He was also +9 during the season, third on the team, and led the Bears with 65 blocked shots. Equally effective on both sides of the puck, Robertson was also a big part of the Bears' special teams, playing on both the top power play and penalty kill. In 98 career games, the Toronto Maple Leafs draftee and two-time ECAC All-Academic honoree has earned 53 points (11g, 42a).
Brendan Whittet '94: Brown alum Brendan Whittet, class of 1994, returns for his fifth season as Brown's bench boss. A 16-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, Whittet guided the Bears to their most successful season in 20 years last winter. Brown went 16-14-6 last season for its first winning season since 2004-05 and advanced to the ECAC Tournament Championship game after upsetting No. 1 Quinnipiac in the semifinals. A former defenseman for the Bears, Whittet is the 15th head coach in the 112-year history of the Brown men's hockey program and the fourth Brown hockey alum to coach the team, joining Wescott E.S. Moulton '31 (1948-52), Donald F. Whiston '51 (1953-55), and J. Allan Soares '60 (1971-74).
Forwards: Brown returns its top five forwards from last year, lead by junior Matt Lorito, who ranked second in the ECAC with 22 goals. Additionally, Lorito scored seven of those tallies in the ECAC Tournament, including a two-goal performance in an upset victory over top-seeded Quinnipiac in the ECAC Semifinals. Lorito, who ranked first on the team with 37 points, earned All-ECAC Second Team honors and was recently named to the ECAC Hockey Media Association's 2013-14 preseason all-conference team. Brown's entire first line is intact from last season as sophomores Nick Lappin and Mark Naclerio join Lorito to form a youthful yet experienced trio. Naclerio ranked second on the team with 23 points, highlighted by 17 assists, while Lapin ranked second on the squad with seven goals. Senior assistant captains Garnet Hathaway (6g, 15a) and Mark Hourihan (2g, 4a) are all-around players who will also provide steady play and leadership for the Bears on both ends of the rink.
Blue Line: The Brown blue line starts with senior captain Dennis Robertson, who tied for the team lead in assists last season with 17 helpers in addition to three goals. Fellow seniors Matt Wahl and Jake Goldberg will join Robertson to make up a strong veteran presence on the defensive end. Goldberg converted from a forward last season due to injuries on defense, and rose to the occasion at a new position, while Wahl will continue to aid the Bears in all facets of the game.
Goal: The Bears will have three players fighting for the starting goaltender spot and all three are capable of providing big plays in between the pipes. Senior Marco de Filippo started 11 games in net last season and has a history of coming up with strong games throughout his career. He will be pushed by a pair of talented freshmen in Tyler Steel and Tim Ernst, who will battle the senior for playing time during the season.
Brown vs. Yale: Yale leads the all-time series with Brown, which dates back to the 1897-1898 season, by a 91-74-8 margin, including winning 15 of the last 19 games between the two programs. In fact, dating back to December 9, 2006, the Bulldogs had won 11 straight contests, a streak that was snapped in March 2010 when Brown earned a 3-2 win in game #1 of the ECAC Quarterfinal series. The Bears would go on to claim the series with a 1-0 victory in game #3. Since that series, the two teams have played some spirited games. For the past three seasons, the teams have split the regular-season series with each team winning in its home rink.
Current Bears versus the Bulldogs:
Brown is 3-4-0 against Yale since the 2010-11 season.
Career stats for current Brown icers versus Yale:
Name GP G-A-Pts.
3-Wahl 6 1-3-4
4-Quick 2 1-1-2
7-Goldberg 3 0-1-1
8-Prescott 1 0-0-0
9-Harlow 3 2-0-2
12-Hourihan 6 0-1-1
18-Jacobson 3 1-3-4
19-Lorito 3 0-3-3
20-Robertson 6 3-3-6
23-Hathaway 6 1-1-2
24-de Concilys 2 1-0-1
25-Pfeil 1 0-0-0
26-Juola 3 1-1-2
27-Naclerio 1 0-0-0
28-Lappin 1 0-0-0
29-Lamacchia 3 0-1-1
Scouting Yale: Yale downed the Ontario Institute of Technology, 9-2, in an exhibition game last week. Eight different Bulldogs found the back of the net, led by John Hayden, who scored two goals. Yale outshot Ontario by a margin of 51-18.
Brown vs. Dartmouth: When Brown plays Dartmouth on Saturday, it will mark the 147th meeting in the rivalry between the two teams, dating back to 1927-28. Dartmouth leads the all-time series by a 73-66-8 margin and has posted an 11-0-1 record in the last 12 games, including three victories last season. Brown's last sweep of the Big Green came during the 2007-08 season.
Bears versus the Big Green:
Brown is 0-8-0 against Dartmouth since the 10-11 season.
Career stats for current Brown icers versus Dartmouth:
Name GP G-A-Pts.
3-Wahl 6 0-0-0
4-Quick 2 0-0-0
7-Goldberg 5 0-0-0
8-Prescott 3 0-0-0
9-Harlow 5 1-1-2
12-Hourihan 7 0-0-0
18-Jacobson 6 0-0-0
19-Lorito 5 1-2-3
20-Robertson 8 0-1-1
23-Hathaway 7 0-2-2
24-de Concilys 4 0-0-0
25-Pfeil 3 0-0-0
26-Juola 7 0-1-1
27-Naclerio 3 0-0-0
28-Lappin 2 0-0-0
29-Lamacchia 6 1-0-1
Scouting Dartmouth: The Big Green also played an exhibiton last weekend, defeating the Ontario Institute of Technology, 7-2, at home. Charlie Mosey led the team with three points on two goals and one assist, while Brad Schierhorn racked up three assists. A total of six different Dartmouth skaters found the back of the net, while the Big Green outshot UOIT by a margin of 36-23.
Former Teammates: Current senior Mark Hourihan and current junior Matt Harlow were linemates for one season at Noble & Greenough.
2012-2013 Post-Season Awards
1st Team All-Ivy: Anthony Borelli '13
1st Team All-Ivy: Dennis Robertson '14
1st Team All-Ivy: Matt Lorito '15
2nd Team All-ECAC: Matt Lorito '15
3rd Team All-ECAC: Anthony Borelli '13
Academic All-Ivy: Anthony Borelli '13, Dennis Robertson '14
Eleven For Eleven: Senior Dennis Robertson has posted at least one career point against each of the 11 ECAC Hockey opponents, accomplishing the feat as a junior when he notched an assist against Union on December 3rd. Junior Matt Lorito has also recorded at least one point against all ECAC programs, recording a goal or an assist against every team as a sophomore last season.
Road Warriors: Brown will play seven of its first nine games away from Meehan Auditorium. After the Liberty Invitational, the Bears play a pair of home games against Clarkson and St. Lawrence, but then hit the road for five straight road contests before hosting Harvard in early December.
Roster Notes: Brown's roster brings 25 players together from 10 different states and two different provinces. The Bears also represent four countries, as 14 are from the U.S., nine are from Canada, one is from Finland and one is from Italy. Massachusetts and Ontario are the most popular, with five players hailing from each, while four Bears hail from British Columbia. California (1), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Illinois (1), Maine (1), Michigan (1), New York (1) and Pennsylvania (1) are also represented.
Thirty Points: Prior to the 2009-10 season, Whittet's first on College Hill, Brown had not had a 30-point scorer since 2006-2007 when Jeff Prough '08 finished the year with 33 points. In Whittet's first season, 2009-10, three Bears finished with at least 30 points (Jack Maclellan '12 with 34, Harry Zolnierczyk '11 with 33, and Aaron Volpatti '10 with 32). The last time Brown had three players with at least 30 points was 1993-94 when Kelly Jones '94 (36), Ryan Mulhern '96 (35), Brian Jardine '96 (35), and Chris Kaban '94 (33) all had at least 30 points. Brown had two 30-point scorers in 2010-11, as Jack Maclellan '12 and Harry Zolnierczyk '11 both finished with 31 points. In 2011-12, Jack Maclellan '12 posted 30 points for the third straight year, finishing with 15 goals and 15 assists. Most recently, Matt Lorito '15 recorded 37 points on 22 goals and 15 assists last season.