PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshmen Kyle Kramer (Qualicum Beach, British Columbia) and Zack Pryzbek (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario) both notched third-period goals to lead the Brown men's hockey team past defending national champion and tenth-ranked Yale, 3-1, in front of a sellout crowd Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
Brown (8-7-3, 5-5-1 ECAC) is 5-1-2 over the last eight games and picks up its second win of the season over the defending national champions including a non-conference victory in the first game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational. Yale drops to 9-5-4 on the season and 4-4-3 in conference after the first game of the home-and-home series.
Freshman Tyler Steel (Kelowna, British Columbia) made a career-high 42 saves in net to move to 6-2-3 on the season. In addition to Kramer and Pryzbek, junior Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) registered the opening goal of the contest for his eighth tally of the season. Senior Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, British Columbia) set up Pryzbek's goal to become the 38th member of the 50-assist club.
Yale benefited from a Brown penalty nearly eight minutes into the opening stanza, but after Steel turned away an early attempt, the penalty kill unit forced the Bulldogs to hold for a quality shot and eventually cleared away the puck to keep the game scoreless.
From there, Brown enjoyed back-to-back power plays, but Yale almost scored a shorthanded goal during the first attack when Wilson knocked down a pass in the neutral zone and skated for the breakaway, only to be denied by Steel to preserve the tie game.
Yale held a 13-9 edge in shots during the opening frame.
The Bears opened up the scoring on a goal by Lorito at 10:42 in the second period. Sophomore Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) gained position in Brown territory and skated down the right side of the ice into the offensive zone, before sending a pass in front of the net, where Lorito tipped home the one-timer to give the home side the lead, 1-0. Sophomore Nick Lappin (Geneva, Ill.) was also credited with an assist on the play.
After a Brown penalty shortly after the opening goal, Yale took advantage of the opportunity, as Kenny Agostino scored a power-play tally at the 11:29 mark to even the score, 1-1. The two teams notched 13 shots apiece in the second frame.
Kramer scored the go-ahead goal at 4:06 in the third period as the freshman fielded a pass from junior Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, Mass.) and blasted a shot from just in front of the blue line that beat Lyon for the lead, 2-1.
The Bears added the insurance goal as Pryzbek scored less than two minutes later for his first collegiate goal. Robertson skated through the right circle, nearly passing the cage, but managed to slip the puck into the slot as Pryzbek finished high glove side to seal the win.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Yale in the second half of the home-and-home series with the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.