Men’s Hockey Hosts No. 18 Colgate and No. 11 Cornell
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University men's hockey team continues ECAC action when the Bears host No. 18 Colgate (1/31) and No. 11 Cornell (2/1) in a pair of home contests this weekend. 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 (8-8-3, 5-6-1 ECAC) vs. No. 18 Colgate (13-9-3, 9-3-1 ECAC)
Friday, Jan. 31 | 7 p.m. | Meehan Auditorium
Brown (8-8-3, 5-6-1 ECAC) vs. No. 11 Cornell (10-4-5, 6-3-4 ECAC)
Saturday, Feb. 1 | 7 p.m. | Meehan Auditorium
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Last Time Out: Brown split a home-and-home series against No. 13 Yale last weekend, opening with a 3-1 win at Meehan on Friday before falling, 6-0, in New Haven on Saturday. Freshmen Kyle Kramer and Zach Pryzbek both notched third –period goals to lead the Bears to the 3-1 victory. Freshman Tyler Steel made a career-high 42 saves in net. In addition to Kramer and Pryzbek, junior Matt Lorito registered the opening goal of the contest for his eighth tally of the season. Senior Dennis Robertson set up Pryzbek's goal to become the 38th member of the 50-assist club. On Saturday, Yale scored four power-play goals, including three tallies in the first 5:03 to salvage a split in the weekend series.
Brown vs. Colgate: Friday night's game between the Raiders and the Bears marks the 80th meeting between the two teams in a series that began on March 8, 1935, a 1-0 Brown victory. Colgate leads the all-time series, 53-21-5, after the two teams split the season series last year with each team winning at home. The Raiders picked up a 3-1 victory on Nov. 23, 2013 in the first meeting between the teams earlier this season. Brown has gone 5-7-3 in its last 15 games against the Raiders, including a season sweep in 2010-11, Brown's first sweep since the 1992-93 season, with a 5-2 win in Hamilton and a 6-4 win in Providence.
Scouting Colgate: Colgate enters Friday's contest at 13-9-3 on the season and unbeaten over the last seven games, including six wins. Most recently, the Raiders picked up a pair of home wins over Clarkson, 3-2, and St. Lawrence, 7-3. Colgate has scored nine power-play goals in the last six games, including three in the sweep over Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Tyson Spink took over the points lead with five over the weekend and has 22 on the season. Twin brother Tylor Spink has 18 points and is second on the team in goals with 10. Kyle Baun posted Colgate's first hat trick of the season and is tied with Tylor Spink with 10 goals. Darcy Murphy leads the team with 11 goals on the season.
Brown vs. Cornell: Cornell leads the all-time series with Brown, which began with an 8-2 Brown win on February 21, 1959, by a 71-43-5 margin. Brown earned a season split with the Big Red last season, winning, 3-0, on the road before falling, 4-1, at home. Cornell earned a 5-1 victory at home on Nov. 22, 2013 in the first meeting between the teams earlier this season. Big Red had earned a season sweep over the Bears in three straight seasons, but Brown reversed the trend by earning a season sweep of the Big Red in 2010-11 with a pair of 3-2 wins. The season sweep marked the first sweep of Cornell for Brown since the 1994-95 season and was Brown's best season against Cornell since 2003-2004, when the Bears earned three points against the Big Red.
Scouting Cornell: Cornell enters the weekend at 10-4-5 overall and is unbeaten over the last seven games with a 3-0-4 record in that span. The Big Red picked up three points last weekend at home with a 3-2 win over Clarkson after a 4-4 draw against SLU. Christian Hilbrich provided the game winner against Clarkson with his fifth goal in the last five games. The Big Red has the sixth-most effective power play in the nation with a 22.4 percent conversion rate, but the team is 0-for-13 on the man advantage over the last five games. Brian Ferlin paces Cornell with a team-high 21 points and nine goals. Senior goaltender Andy Iles is 3-0-3 with a 1.92 GAA and a .934 save percentage since the semester break.
Naclerio Leads the Way: Mark Naclerio leads the Bears in both goals (11) and points (25) this season, and ranks second in the ECAC and tenth in the nation with 1.32 points per game.
Triple Threat: The top line of Matt Lorito, Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin has provided a bulk of the team's scoring this season, accounting for 48 percent of the point total. The trio was responsible for 10 of Brown's 13 points in the 5-3 win at St. Lawrence, while Naclerio and Lappin notched four points apiece.
Robertson Reaches 50 Assists: Dennis Robertson earned an assist in a 3-1 victory over Yale to become the 38th member of the 50-assist club in program history. Robertson ranks fourth on the team with eight assists this season.
Rookies Step Up: Freshmen Kyle Kramer and Zach Pryzbek both notched third-period goals to lift the Bears to a 3-1 victory over tenth-ranked Yale. Kramer picked up his second game-winner of the season, while Pryzbek logged his first collegiate goal. Additionally, freshmen Tyler Steel racked up a career-high 42 saves in net to earn the win.
Brown versus the Ivies: Brown is 6-2-0 against members of the Ivy League this season with wins over Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale. 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.
Wins & Losses: In Brown's eight wins this season, the Bears have racked up 89 points on 32 goals and 57 assists. In addition, the Bears clock in at 27 percent on the power play in those games.
In Brown's eight losses, the Bears have notched just 31 points on 11 goals and 20 assists, going 1-for-27 on power-play attempts, while allowing eight power-play goals.
Sophomores Leading the Way: Despite just four players, Brown's sophomore class leads the team with 59 points, accounting for 40 percent of the point total. Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin rank first and second on the team with 25 and 23 points, respectively.
Facing Off: Sophomore Mark Naclerio has led the Bears in the faceoff circle so far this season. Naclerio paces with Bears with 237 wins, while senior Mark Hourihan ranks second with 93 wins. Matt Harlow leads the team with a .571 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.