DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, Ontario) gave the Bears an early lead with his first tally of the season, but the University of New Hampshire responded with four unanswered goals as the Brown men's hockey team fell to the Wildcats, 4-2, in non-conference action Tuesday evening at the Whittemore Center.
Brown drops to 3-3-1 overall with the loss, while UNH improves to 4-5-1 on the season.
Senior Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) made 37 saves in net for the Bears, while Jeff Wyer recorded 24 stops on the other end. UNH outshot the Bears, 41-26, in the contest. Lamacchia led the Bears with two points, also adding an assist, while junior Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) scored his fourth tally of the season.
Brown opened up the scoring at 8:10 on Lamacchia's first goal of the season. Freshman Zack Pryzbek (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario) was positioned behind the net and hit Lamacchia for the initial look, but after his shot was denied, sophomore Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) corralled the rebound and set up Lamacchia for the successful second attempt to move the Bears in front, 1-0.
UNH answered back with a pair of goals within a 2:23 span to take a two-goal lead. On the first goal at 11:06, Eric Knodel snagged a deflected puck and took a shot from in front of the blue line, before Nick Sorkin hit the rebound to even the score. On the second goal, Tyler Kelleher ripped a shot through traffic that trickled through the Brown defense all the way to Dalton Speelman at the crease, who hit Grayson Downing for the one-timer to give the Wildcats the lead, 2-1.
UNH held a 15-8 edge in shots in the opening period.
In the second period, Brown killed off a pair of UNH power plays, including one late in the stanza. Nevertheless, the Wildcats tipped in a goal with 13 seconds left on the clock as Jeff Silengo knocked in a rebound to give the home side the advantage, 3-1, at the second intermission. UNH outshot the Bears, 16-7, in the second stanza.
New Hampshire added another goal at 11:11 in the third when Kevin Goumas sent a shot from the right circle past the reach of De Filippo to give the Wildcats the 4-1 lead.
The Bears trimmed the deficit to two when Lorito scored at 17:38, just four seconds after their first play power ended. Lamacchia took a feed from senior Michael Juola (Lake Forest, Calif.) in the left circle and slide the puck through the slot to Lorito, who blasted it past Wyer to pull the Bears within two goals, 4-2. However, the Wildcats held off the Bears in the waning minutes to seal the victory.
The Bears return to action on Friday, Nov. 22 when they visit Cornell at 7 p.m.