January 11, 2014

Lamacchia Scores Twice in Men’s Hockey’s 3-3 Draw with No. 4 Boston College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, Ontario) notched a pair of goals as the Brown men's hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with No. 4 Boston College in front of a sellout crowd at Meehan Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.

Brown stands at 6-6-3 on the season and remains unbeaten over the last five contests, while Boston College moves to 14-4-3 overall.

Lamacchia scored his third and fourth goals of the season, while sophomore Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) also found the back of the net for the Bears. Freshman Tyler Steel (Kelowna, British Columbia) registered a career-high 29 saves in net for the Bears, while counterpart Thatcher Demko recorded 29 stops on the other end.

The two teams were scoreless after the opening period, with solid goaltending play on both sides, but the Bears held a 9-6 edge in shots.

Nick Lappin (Geneva, Ill.) enjoyed the first quality scoring chance of the contest as he blasted a shot from the slot that rattled off the post. Two minutes later, BC stormed down the other end of the ice with a shot from Arnold in front of the crease, but Steel dove to his left for the gliding save to keep the game scoreless.

Boston College started the second half on the power play and made the most of the opportunity, as Kevin Hayes scored 39 seconds into the stanza with a blast from the right circle, giving the visitors the 1-0 lead. Bill Arnold and Michael Matheson were both credited with assists on the play.

Brown answered back at 10:40 when Naclerio notched his team-high ninth goal of the season. Tyler Wood (Manchester, Mass.) fielded a pass from Lappin in front of the blue line and sent a shot at the net, where Naclerio was waiting in the slot and re-directed the puck past Demko to even the score, 1-1.

The Bears kept it going with the go-ahead goal by Lamacchia at the 17:43 mark. The junior gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and skated into the right circle for the shot, which was initially saved, but he attacked the rebound and was able to push it into the net to give the Bears the lead, 2-1. Freshman Zack Pryzbek (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario) started the play and was credited with an assist.

Boston College outshot the Bears, 12-9, in the second period.

Once again, Boston College came out with an early goal following intermission, scoring just 1:55 into the stanza when Chris Calnan converted a back-handed shot from the right circle to even the score, 2-2.

The score did not remain tied for long, however, as Lamacchia scored 25 seconds later for his second goal of the contest. After Garnet Hathaway (Kennebuckport, Maine) carried the puck into the offensive end, Lamacchia skated around the net for the wraparound tally, sneaking the puck behind the skate of Demko for the lead, 3-2.

Boston College continued to attack and eventually evened up the score on a goal by Arnold at the 14:12 mark. Johnny Gaudreau rifled a shot from the left circle, before Arnold was able to tip the shot over the shoulder of Steel to even the score, 3-3, and force overtime.

Brown held a 4-2 shot advantage in overtime, including back-to-back bids from Naclerio and Pryzbek, while Steel made a diving stop to cover the puck midway through the extra period to secure the tie.

Brown returns to ECAC action on Friday, Jan. 17 when they visit St. Lawrence at 7 p.m.