November 7, 2013

Men’s Hockey Continues ECAC Play at No. 5 Quinnipiac and Princeton (11/8-9)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's hockey team continues ECAC Hockey play on Friday, Nov. 8 when the Bears visit No. 5 Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. From there, the Bears remain on the road when they tackle Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.

This Weekend: Brown will play at Quinnipiac and Princeton in its first ECAC Hockey road trip of the 2013-14 campaign. Brown opened the season with a pair of wins over Yale and Dartmouth at the Liberty Hockey Invitational, before falling to Clarkson and drawing even against St. Lawrence at home over the weekend. Qunnipiac is ranked fifth in the latest USCHO.com national poll and sits first in the ECAC standings after back-to-back wins at Colgate and Cornell last weekend.

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Last Time Out: Brown fell to No. 17 Clarkson, 4-3, in the team's home opener last Friday before tying St. Lawrence, 3-3, the following night. Facing a 3-1 deficit after the first period, the Bears rallied to pull within one on a goal by Matt Lorito 20 seconds into the third stanza. Nick Lappin evened the score with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, but A.J. Fossen scored the go-ahead goal at 18:07 to give the Golden Knights the victory. On Saturday, St. Lawrence held a 3-2 lead after the first period, before Dennis Robertson notched a power-play goal at 18:38 in the second to even the score as the two team's played to a 3-3 draw.

Brown vs. Quinnipiac: Brown and Quinnipiac have played 12 games against each other since the 2010-11 season and the teams have faced off in the ECAC Playoffs in each of the last three years. The two teams played to a pair of ties during the 2012-13 regular season with Quinnipiac coming back for a 1-1 tie in Providence and Brown battling back from a late 3-1 deficit to post a 3-3 tie in Hamden. Brown and Quinnipiac then met in the ECAC Semifinals as the Bears blanked the top-seeded Bobcats, 4-0, to move on to the championship game.

Scouting Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac, last year's national runner-up, enters Friday's contest at 8-1-0 overall and unbeaten over the last eight games. Quinnipiac is undefeated on home ice this season and will face Brown in the ECAC home opener on Friday. The Bobcats opened the ECAC season with a 7-2 victory over Colgate before blanking Cornell, 3-0, on Saturday. Rookie Sam Anas leads the team with 13 points on seven goals and six assists, while Kellen and Connor Jones are also in double digits with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore Michael Garteig has played every game in net, going 8-1-0 with a 1.56 GAA.   

Brown vs. Princeton: This weekend marks the 159th meeting all-time between Brown and Princeton. Brown holds an 84-65-9 advantage over Princeton in the all-time series, which dates back to a 4-4 tie during the 1899-1900 season. Brown went 3-0 against Princeton last season, outscoring the Tigers by an 11-3 margin between all three contests. Under fifth-year head coach Brendan Whittet '94, Brown has earned a 6-5-1 record against the Tigers.

Scouting Princeton: Princeton enters the weekend at 1-3-0 overall and 0-2-0 in ECAC play after falling at Cornell and Colgate last weekend. Princeton opened the season with a win over Dartmouth in the Liberty Hockey Invite, but has since dropped three straight games. Andrew Calof leads the Tigers with three points on a trio of assists, while Tucker Brockett and Tyler Maugeri have two goals apiece. Sean Bonar has spent the majority of time in net and sits at 1-2-0 on the season with a 3.04 GAA.  

Century Club: Seniors Dennis Robertson and Mark Hourihan became the first players in the Class of 2014 to hit the 100-game mark. Robertson played his 100th career game against Dartmouth in the second game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational, while Hourihan reached the milestone on Nov. 2 against St. Lawrence.

Facing Off: Sophomore Mark Naclerio has led the Bears in the faceoff circle so far this season. Naclerio paces with Bears with 64 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan and freshman Davey Middleton rank second and third, respectively, with 30 and 26 wins.

First of the Season: Junior Ryan Jacobson scored his first goal of the season against Clarkson last Friday, while senior defensemen Dennis Robertson and Matt Wahl found the back of the net for the first time in the same game against St. Lawrence on Saturday.

Score Late and Often: Brown has scored a majority of its goals in the third period, notching eight tallies in the final frame as opposed to four in the first and three in the second.

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.

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).