November 29, 2013

Men’s Hockey Visits No. 4 Providence for the 28th Annual Mayor’s Cup (11/30-7 p.m.)

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Brown (3-5-1, 1-4-1 ECAC) at No. 4 Providence (10-2-2, 6-2-0 HE)
Saturday, Nov. 30 | 7 p.m. | Schneider Arena
Radio – WPRV-AM 790 

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Last Time Out: Brown dropped a pair of ECAC road contests last weekend, falling at No. 18 Cornell, 5-1, and Colgate, 3-1. Matt Lorito converted a penalty shot to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead against Cornell, but the Big Red responded with five unanswered goals. Tyler Steel made 27 saves in net for the Bears. In the game against Colgate, Joe Prescott evened the score at 1-1 with a power-play goal late in the opening period, but the Raiders answered one minute later to pave the way for the win. Matt Harlow and Garnet Hathaway assisted on Prescott's goal.

Brown vs. Providence: Brown and Providence, Rhode Island's only Division I hockey teams, have met 92 times, with PC leading the all-time series, 45-44-3. Providence earned a 7-0 victory at Meehan Auditorium last year as seven different players scored for the Friars. Brown snapped a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) with the Friars by winning two years ago, 5-2, at Schneider Arena. On March 1, 1927, Brown defeated the Friars, 4-1, at the Rhode Island Auditorium in the first meeting between Brown and Providence. The two teams had alternated wins for four seasons (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) with Providence's 8-0 win in the 2007-2008 season sparking a stretch of three straight wins for the Friars, which was snapped with a 4-4 tie in 2010-11. Providence holds a 15-9-3 lead in the Mayor's Cup series. There have only been six overtime games in the all-time series, with five of the six, and the only three ties, coming in Mayor's Cup games. Brown is 2-1-3 in overtime contests against the Friars.

Scouting Providence: Fourth-ranked Providence enters Saturday's contest at 10-2-2 and 6-2-0 in Hockey East play. Most recently, PC tied No. 5 Quinnipiac, 3-3, in non-conference action on Wednesday. Brooks Behling scored a power-play goal at 3:43 in the third period to even the score, while Ross Mauermann and Nick Saracino scored first period goals for the Friars. Jon Gillies finished the night with a season-high 45 saves. Mauermann leads the team with 20 points on 12 goals and eight assists, while Shane Luke ranks second with 10 points behind four goals and six assists. Gillies is 9-1-2 on the season with a 1.79 GAA and a .945 save percentage.

Common Denominator: Brown and PC have played two common opponents this season in New Hampshire and Quinnipiac. Brown dropped both contests on the road, while the Friars tied at Quinnipiac and split a pair of home games against UNH.

Lorito Scores on a Penalty: Matt Lorito buried a penalty shot against Cornell's Andy Iles on Nov. 22, marking the first time a Brown player scored on a penalty shot since Jack Maclellan '12 beat SLU's Matt Weninge on Jan. 21, 2011.

Sophomores Leading the Way: Despite just four players, Brown's sophomore class leads the team with 27 points, accounting for 40 percent of the point total. Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin pace the team with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Wins & Losses: In Brown's three wins this season, the Bears have racked up 40 points on 15 goals and 25 assists. In addition, the Bears clock in at 26.7 percent on the power play in those games.

In Brown's five losses, the Bears have notched just 19 points on seven goals and 12 assists, going 1-for-19 on power-play attempts.

Lamacchia Takes Advantage: Junior Massimo Lamacchia led the Bears with two points (1g, 1a) at UNH in just his second game of the season.

Naclerio Nets Third Winner: Sophomore Mark Naclerio scored his third game-winning goal of the season in the team's 6-3 victory at Princeton. Naclerio leads the team with 12 points on five goals and seven assists.

Lappin Lends a Hand: Sophomore Nick Lappin recorded a career-high four assists in the team's road win over Princeton. Lappin, who also assisted in the game-winner, is the only player on the roster to have a four-assist effort in his career.

Robertson a Candidate for Senior CLASS Award: Senior Dennis Robertson was named a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award. Presented annually to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across ten different sports, the acronym "CLASS" stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®. One of 20 candidates for the 2014 Men's Hockey Award, Robertson is one of six senior student-athletes from ECAC Hockey, joining Jack Berger (Princeton), Greg Carey (St. Lawrence), Brock Higgs (Rensselaer), Cole Ikkala (Union) and Andy Iles (Cornell).  The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot

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 116 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan and freshman Davey Middleton rank second and third, respectively, with 53 and 30 wins. Matt Harlow leads the team with a .769 percentage.

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).