January 17, 2014

Men’s Hockey Skates Past St. Lawrence, 5-3

CANTON, N.Y. – Senior Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, British Columbia) netted a pair of power-play goals and three other Bears found the back of the net to lead the Brown men's hockey team past St. Lawrence, 5-3, in ECAC action Friday evening at Appleton Arena.

Brown improves to 7-6-3 overall and 4-4-1 in ECAC play to remain unbeaten over the last six games (4-0-2). St. Lawrence drops to 8-11-2 on the season and 2-5-2 in the conference.

In addition to Robertson's fourth and fifth goals of the season, sophomore Nick Lappin (Geneva, Ill.) also netted a power-play tally to go along with three assists. Sophomore Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) also registered four points with one goal and three assists, while junior Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) scored a shorthanded goal with one helper. Freshman Tyler Steel (Kelowna, British Columbia) racked up a career-high 34 saves to earn the win and improve to 5-1-3.  

St. Lawrence benefited from a Brown penalty seven minutes into the opening stanza, but the Bears kept the SLU power play unit at bay, highlighted by a pair of key blocked shots by senior Mark Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) and junior Joey de Concilys (St. Catharine's, Ontario).

From there, Lorito scored a shorthanded goal with 30 seconds left in the SLU power play to give the Bears the early lead at the 8:39 mark. Lorito gained control of the puck in the neutral zone, and was all alone skating into SLU territory, as he launched a shot from the left circle to beat SLU goalie Matt Weninger high glove side for the advantage, 1-0.

Naclerio scored the second goal of the contest at 17:07 to give the Bears a two-goal lead. Lappin skated into the offensive end and sent a pass across the ice to Lorito, who blasted the puck through traffic to the far post, where Naclerio tipped in the one-timer for 2-0 lead.

After an SLU penalty following Naclerio's goal, Robertson notched a power-play tally with 59 seconds left in the opening frame, as he corralled a pass from Lappin and rifled a shot from the left side for the three-goal lead at first intermission. Brown outshot the Saints, 11-10, in the first period.

Robertson registered his second power-play goal of the contest at 8:05 in the second period. After fielding a pass from Naclerio at the left circle, the senior kicked the puck to his stick and blasted a shot over the shoulder of Weninger to give the visitors the advantage, 4-0.

St. Lawrence jumped on the board less than two minutes later as Patrick Doherty converted a backhanded shot from the slot at 10:41 to trim the deficit to three, 4-1.

Brown bounced right back with another power-play goal, this time by Lappin at the 15:53 mark, to take back the four-goal lead. Weninger saved Lappin's initial shot, but the sophomore continued to glide through the slot, gained position around an SLU skater and put back the rebound to make it 5-1.

The back-and-forth action continued as Jeremy Wick scored a power-play goal less than two minutes later, pulling the Saints within three, 5-2, to close out the second period. St. Lawrence held a 13-9 advantage in shots during the second frame.

Early in the third period, Brown committed consecutive penalties to give the Saints 1:25 of 5-on-3 play, but the Bears limited the home side to just one shot-on-target during the stint to preserve the three-goal lead.

Gavin Bayreuther gave St. Lawrence a final goal with 48 seconds left to play, taking advantage of a power play by pulling Weninger for the 5-on-3 attack and trimming the lead to two, but it was not enough as the Bears held on for the win.

Brown went 3-for-4 on the power play in the contest, while Weninger made 22 stops for the Saints.

The Bears return to action on Saturday, Jan. 18 when they visit No. 14 Clarkson at 7 p.m.