PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) scored a pair of goals and added one assist and sophomore Nick Lappin (Geneva, Ill.) registered three points to lead the Brown men's hockey team past No. 18 Colgate, 5-2, in ECAC action Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
Brown improved to 9-8-3 overall and 6-6-1 in ECAC play. Colgate snapped its seven-game unbeaten streak and dropped to 13-10-3 on the season and 9-4-1 in the conference.
"I thought we played a really intelligent, disciplined hockey game," said Brown head coach Brendan Whittet. "It was nice to get a lead and then it was nice for us to respond when they scored. We were resilient, and the nice thing with this team is we're continuing to get better and better."
The line of Naclerio, Lappin and senior Michael Juola (Lake Forrest, Calif.) racked up eight points in the contest, as Juola added two assists, while freshman Tyler Steel (Kelowna, British Columbia) made 32 saves to earn the win. In addition to Lappin, seniors Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, Maine) and Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, Pa.) also scored for the Bears.
Brown took control with a pair of back-to-back goals late in the first period, jumpstarted by Hathaway at the 14:54 mark. Senior Matt Wahl (Wellington, Fla.) took possession in the defensive end and directed a pass off the boards to the Hathaway, who skated down the right side and launched a shot at the net, but the puck deflected off Finn's stick and dropped over his head to give the Bears the lead, 1-0.
Naclerio added another tally less than two minutes later at 16:22 for the two-goal lead. Lappin and Juola took consecutive shots at the net, before Naclerio knocked home the second rebound from the slot to give the Bears the lead, 2-0, at first intermission.
Brown outshot the Raiders, 16-10, in the opening period.
After an early Brown penalty just 20 seconds into the second stanza, Tylor Spink scored a power-play goal at 49 seconds to trim the deficit to one, 2-1.
Brown answered right back, however, as Naclerio notched his second tally of the night at the 2:28 mark. Lappin skated into the left circle and sent a centering pass to Naclerio, who blasted the one-timer past the reach of Finn to push the Bears back up by two, 3-1. Junior Kyle Quick (Buffalo, N.Y.) was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Bears maintained their momentum with another goal at 3:36 when Goldberg netted his first tally of the season. After junior Joey de Concilys (St. Catherine's, Ontario) missed just wide, the puck wrapped around the boards to the top of the slot, where Goldberg snapped a shot into the back of the net for the 4-1 advantage.
Colgate responded nearly two minutes later with a goal by Tyson Spink to pull the Raiders within two, but Lappin answered back at 11:27 to give the Bears the three-goal lead. Juola skated into the offensive zone and sent a pass to Naclerio in the left circle, setting up a quick shot by Lappin on the right side to push the home side on top, 5-2, at second intermission.
Colgate made a slight push with 11 shots in the third period, including one power-play attempt, but the Bears held off the attack and Steel turned away every shot to preserve the victory.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, Feb. 1 when they host No. 11 Cornell at 7 p.m. For tickets, purchase online, call the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or walk up to the Box Office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.