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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University men's hockey team will play host to No. 5 Boston College on Saturday, Jan. 11 in non-conference action at Meehan Auditorium. The game is set to start at 5:05 p.m. with radio coverage on WPRV-AM (790). Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.
Brown (6-6-2, 3-4-1 ECAC) vs. No. 5 Boston College (13-4-2, 7-1-1 HE)
Saturday, Jan. 11 | 5:05 p.m. | Meehan Auditorium
Radio: WPRV-AM (790)
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Last Time Out: Brown kicked off the second half of the season with a 1-0-1 showing out West, first skating to a 3-3 draw at No. 17 Denver before downing Colorado College, 4-2. Mark Naclerio scored a pair of third-period goals to even the score, while Nick Lappin notched a power-play goal in the first period. Brown outshot the Pioneers, 43-27, and Tyler Steel stopped 24 shots in net. Since the game was played in an NCHC venue, there was an unofficial shoot-out following the overtime stanza. Matt Lorito opened with the only goal in the shoot-out to give the Bears the 1-0 win. In the victory over Colorado College, Naclerio and Lappin notched two points apiece, while a total of 10 different players recorded at least one point for the Bears. Marco De Filippo made 31 saves in net to earn the victory.
Naclerio Named ECAC Player of the Week: Sophomore Mark Naclerio was named the ECAC Player of the Week for the second time this season, announced by the league office on Jan. 7, 2014. Naclerio registered four points, including a team-high three goals, to lead Brown to a 1-0-1 showing over the weekend. The sophomore notched a pair of third-period goals in Friday's draw at No. 17 Denver, first scoring on the power play and then netting the game-tying tally midway through the period. On Saturday, he added a goal and an assist to help the Bears to a 4-2 victory over Colorado College. Naclerio leads the Bears with 18 points and eight goals this season. Naclerio was previously named the ECAC Player of the Week on Oct. 29, 2013, after recording seven points in a pair of games at the Liberty Hockey Invitational.
Brown vs. Boston College: Brown and Boston College have met 70 times in the history of the two programs, with the Eagles leading the all-time series, 47-17-6, dating back to the 1933-34 campaign. This will be the first meeting between the two programs since the 1999-00 season, when the Eagles picked up a 6-2 victory. Brown's last victory against BC was during the 1978-79 season by means of a 3-2 decision.
Scouting the Eagles: Boston College enters Saturday's contest at 13-4-2 overall and unbeaten over the last five games. Most recently, the Eagles earned a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame at Fenway Park last Saturday night as part of Citi Frozen Fenway. Johnny Gaudreau scored twice, including the game-winning tally, and Bill Arnold added a short-handed goal and two assists. Boston College will take on its third ECAC opponent of the season in Brown after picking up a pair of victories over Rensselaer (7-2) and Harvard (5-1). Gaudreau extended his point streak to a career-best 14 straight games and ranks second in the nation with 1.84 points per game, standing at 17-18-35 for the season. In addition to Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes is also in double figures with 11 goals, while four other players have recorded double-digit points.
Triple Threat: The trio of Matt Lorito, Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin has provided a bulk of the team's scoring this season, accounting for 49 percent of the point total. The trio was responsible for seven of Brown's nine points in the 3-3 draw at No. 17 Denver, while Naclerio and Lappin notched two tallies and one goal, respectively.
Robertson Nearing 50 Assists: Dennis Robertson enters Saturday's contest with 48 career assists, needing just two to become the 38th member of the 50-assist club in program history. Robertson ranks fifth on the team with six assists this season.
Lappin Going Strong: Nick Lappin has notched two points in each of the last three games after recording just one point in the previous four contests. Lappin has scored four goals during the stretch, including the game-winning tally at Colorado College.
Lorito Heating Up: Matt Lorito scored his sixth goal of the season at No. 4 Providence and has now registered a point in eight of the last nine contests, including three points in a 3-3 draw at Denver. Lorito led the Bears with 22 goals last season.
Power Surge: Brown notched three power-play goals in a pair of games last weekend, going 3-of-9 with the advantage. The Bears entered the weekend at .146 (7-48) on the power play on the season.
Brown versus the Ivies: Brown is 5-1-0 against members of the Ivy League this season with wins over Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton. Additionally, the Bears opened up the season with a pair of wins over defending champion Yale and Dartmouth to capture the Liberty Invitational, but the games did not count in the league standings.
Score Late and Often: Brown has scored a majority of its goals in the third period, notching 17 tallies in the final frame as opposed to 13 in the first and eight in the second. Additionally, the Bears have let up 19 first period goals, accounting for 48 percent of the goals allowed.
Overtime Winner: Brown scored three unanswered goals to storm back from a two-goal deficit and knock off Dartmouth, 3-2, in overtime at home. It was the team's first overtime victory since Feb. 25, 2011, when the Bears downed Cornell, 3-2.
Wins & Losses: In Brown's six wins this season, the Bears have racked up 67 points on 23 goals and 43 assists. In addition, the Bears clock in at 23.8 percent on the power play in those games.
In Brown's six losses, the Bears have notched just 25 points on nine goals and 16 assists, going 1-for-22 on power-play attempts.
Sophomores Leading the Way: Despite just four players, Brown's sophomore class leads the team with 45 points, accounting for 41 percent of the point total. Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin rank first and third on the team with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
Kramer Breaks Through: Freshman Kyle Kramer scored a pair of goals to lead Brown to a 2-0-0 stretch in a couple of home victories over Harvard and Dartmouth. Kramer notched his first collegiate goal in the first period against the Crimson to pave the way for a 2-1 win. He topped that performance the next night by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to complete a 3-2 comeback victory over Dartmouth.
Steel Curtain: Rookie Tyler Steel backboned the Bears to pair of victories to close out the first half of the season, allowing just three combined goals in wins over Harvard and Dartmouth. Steel stopped 17 shots to earn the win in a 2-1 victory over the Crimson on Friday. He came back the next night and tied a career high with 28 saves to help the Bears to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Big Green. He stands at 4-1-2 on the season.
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. Senior Garnet Hathaway joined the ranks on Nov. 30, when he played in his 100th career game at Providence, while Matt Wahl hit the mark on Dec. 7 against Dartmouth.
Facing Off: Sophomore Mark Naclerio has led the Bears in the faceoff circle so far this season. Naclerio paces with Bears with 175 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan ranks second with 65 wins. Matt Harlow leads the team with a .667 percentage.
Brown to Host 2015 NCAA Regional: Brown will partner with the Dunkin' Donuts Center and the city of Providence to host the 2015 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey East Regional. Game dates and times have not been finalized, but will be held between March 27-29. The regional winner earns a trip to the 2015 Frozen Four at the TD Garden in Boston (April 9-11). Brown previously hosted the NCAA men's hockey regional at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in 2013, marking the first NCAA men's hockey tournament competition in Providence since 2003.
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.