PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University men's hockey team returns to ECAC play this weekend when the Bears visit St. Lawrence on Friday before heading to No. 14 Clarkson on Saturday. Both games are set to start at 7 p.m. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.
Brown (6-6-3, 3-4-1 ECAC) at St. Lawrence (8-10-2, 2-4-2 ECAC)
Friday, Jan. 17 | 7 p.m. | Appleton Arena
Brown (6-6-3, 3-4-1 ECAC) at No. 14 Clarkson (13-7-2, 6-2-0 ECAC)
Saturday, Jan. 18 | 7 p.m. | Cheel Arena
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Last Time Out: Brown wrapped up non-conference play with a 3-3 draw against No. 4 Boston College at home on Saturday. Massimo Lamacchia scored his third and fourth goals of the season, while Mark Naclerio also found the back of the net for the Bears. Tyler Steel registered a career-high 29 saves in net to move to 4-1-3 on the season. The two teams recorded 32 shots apiece. Brown remains unbeaten over its last five games, including a pair of ties over ranked teams Boston College (No. 4) and Denver (No. 16).
Lamacchia Named ECAC Player of the Week: Junior Massimo Lamacchia was named the ECAC Player of the Week for the first time this season, announced by the league office on Jan. 14, 2014. Lamacchia scored a pair of goals to lead Brown to a 3-3 draw against No. 5/4 Boston College. The junior gave the Bears a 2-1 lead late in the second period, and then scored his second of the contest early in the third, answering a Boston College equalizer just 25 seconds later for his fourth tally of the season. Lamacchia is the second straight Bear to take home Player of the Week honors after sophomore Mark Naclerio earned the award the previous week for the second time this season.
Brown vs. St. Lawrence: Brown and St. Lawrence have met 77 times, with the Saints leading the all-time series, 40-27-10. St. Lawrence won the very first meeting, 6-3, on 12/19/52. In the early part of the series, St. Lawrence dominated Brown, winning eight straight games from 1981-1985 and going 10-0-2 from 2/13/87-1/9/93. Since the 1993 game, Brown has earned a 21-14-8 record, including a 13-10-5 record since the 2001-2002 season. In addition, the Bears have earned at least one point against the Saints in each of the past 20 seasons, winning at least one game in 15 of the past 20 years. Last season, the two teams played to a 3-3 tie in Providence, while the Saints captured a 3-2 win in Canton, N.Y. Brown and SLU played to a 3-3 tie earlier this season.
Scouting the Saints: St. Lawrence enters Friday's contest at 8-10-2 overall and 2-4-2 in the ECAC after dropping its last five contests, including a pair of home-and-home contests to both Clarkson and Vermont. SLU opened the season at 6-2-2, but is 2-8 over the past 10 games. Greg Carey ranks second in the nation with 1.85 points per game at 14 goals and 23 assists. Freshman Matt Carey, Greg's brother, ranks second on the team with 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points. Matt Weninger has spent the majority of time in net and is 6-7-2 on the season with a 3.57 GAA and a .869 save percentage. SLU has the top power play unit in the ECAC, clocking in at 29.2 percent.
Brown vs. Clarkson: Brown and Clarkson have met 85 times, with the Golden Knights leading the all-time series, 59-18-8. Brown went 3-0-1 against Clarkson in 2012-13, capped with back-to-back wins over the Knights in the first round of the ECAC playoffs. Brown won the first-ever meeting, 6-5, in a neutral site game played at St. Lawrence in December of 1952. Clarkson dominated Brown during the early part of the series, winning 13 straight games from 1981-1987 and going 21-0-5 from March of 1992 to November of 2001. Brown has been more successful recently, earning a 10-13-3 record since February of 2002, including sweeping the series in 2004-05 and 2009-10. Clarkson captured the first meeting earlier this season with a 4-3 victory on Nov. 2 at Meehan Auditorium.
Scouting Clarkson: Clarkson enters the weekend at 13-7-2 on the season and 6-2-0 in ECAC play, and is ranked No. 14 in the latest USCHO national poll. Most recently, the Golden Knights split a pair of games against Merrimack, winning the opener, 3-2, before falling on Saturday, 4-0. Ben Sexton leads the team with 18 points, including a team-high 13 assists, but the Golden Knights spread around the scoring as eight different players have double figures in points. Sophomore Greg Lewis and freshman Steve Perry have split time in net this season. Lewis is 8-4-0 with a 2.60 GAA and a .895 save percentage, while Perry is 4-3-2 with a 2.03 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Extra Time Needed: Brown has needed overtime in three of the past five games, going 1-0-2 in that span with a win over Dartmouth and a pair of draws against Denver and Boston College. Brown is 1-0-3 in overtime games this season.
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 47 percent of the point total. The trio was responsible for seven of Brown's nine points in the 3-3 draw at No. 16 Denver, while Naclerio and Lappin notched two tallies and one goal, respectively.
Robertson Nearing 50 Assists: Dennis Robertson enters this weekend 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 seven points over the last four games, including three multiple-point contests. Lappin has scored four goals during the stretch, including the game-winning tally at Colorado College.
Naclerio Heating Up: Mark Naclerio scored his team-high ninth goal of the season against No. 4 Boston College and has now registered seven points over the last six contests.
Power Surge: Brown notched three power-play goals in a pair of games at Denver and Colorado College, going 3-of-9 with the advantage. The Bears entered the weekend at .146 (7-48) on the power play on the season.
Naclerio Earns Second Weekly Honor: 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 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 18 tallies in the final frame as opposed to 13 in the first and 10 in the second. Additionally, the Bears have let up 19 first period goals, accounting for 44 percent of the goals allowed.
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 48 points, accounting for 41 percent of the point total. Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin rank first and second on the team with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Facing Off: Sophomore Mark Naclerio has led the Bears in the faceoff circle so far this season. Naclerio paces with Bears with 190 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan ranks second with 71 wins. Matt Harlow leads the team with a .636 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.