February 21, 2014

Men’s Hockey Falls at Dartmouth, 2-1, in Overtime

HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) evened the score with a power-play goal in the third period to send the game into extra time, but Tyler Sikura answered with the game winner early in overtime as the Brown men's hockey team fell at Dartmouth, 2-1, Friday evening at Thompson Arena.

Brown drops to 10-13-3 overall and 7-11-1 in the ECAC, while Dartmouth improves to 7-16-3 on the season and 6-12-1 in the league.

Lorito notched his 10th tally of the season, while sophomores Nick Lappin (Oakville, Ontario) and Brandon Pfeil (West Vancouver, British Columbia) picked up assists on the play. Senior Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) made 20 saves in net for the Bears. Charles Grant recorded 24 stops on the other end in earn the win for the Big Green. Brown outshot the Big Green by a 25-22 margin.

Dartmouth threatened less than five minutes into the contest, when Nick Bligh snuck a shot past De Filippo, but Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, Pa.) was able to pull the puck off the goal line to prevent any damage.

The teams had one power play apiece in the opening period, highlighted by a shot from Goldberg that rang off the post, but neither squad found the back of the net as the game remained scoreless at the first intermission. Brown outshot the Big Green, 8-6, in the first period.

Dartmouth opened up the scoring at 6:16 in the second period as Brad Schierhorn tipped in a shot by Andy Simpson to give the home side the lead, 1-0.

From there, Dartmouth was called for a five-minute major at 11:08 of the second period, but the Big Green shut down the attack for most of the power play. Lorito blasted a shot from the slot with two seconds remaining in the attempt, but Grant made the tough glove safe to preserve the one-goal lead. Grant also made a timely pad save on a shot by Mark Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) down the stretch as the Big Green held a 1-0 lead at the second intermission.

Lorito put the Bears on the board with the equalizer at the 8:17 mark in the third period. After an initial shot was saved by Grant, Lappin kept the play alive in front of the crease, before Lorito picked up the puck and skated into the left circle for a shot in the top corner to even the score, 1-1.

Dartmouth drew a penalty with nine seconds left in regulation and Eric Neiley had a good look from the slot with two seconds left on the clock, but De Filippo came up with a big save to send the game into overtime.

Dartmouth remained on the power play that carried over from the end of the third period, as Sikura scored the game-winner 51 seconds into overtime on a blast from in front of the blue line to seal the victory.

Brown returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 22 when they visit Harvard at 7 p.m.