Men’s Hockey Blanks Harvard, 2-0

Men’s Hockey Blanks Harvard, 2-0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Nick Lappin (Geneva, Ill.) and senior Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, Pa.) both notched second-period goals and freshman Tyler Steel (Kelowna, British Columbia) made 30 stops in net as the Brown men's hockey team blanked Harvard, 2-0, Saturday evening at Bright Arena. 

Brown improves to 11-13-3 on the season and 8-11-1 in ECAC play, while Harvard drops to 9-14-4 overall and 5-11-4 in conference action.

Steel racked up 30 saves to earn the win for his first career shutout, while sophomore Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) assisted on both goals for the multi-point effort. Raphael Girard made 17 saves on the other end for the Crimson.

"Harvard was one point behind us for important home ice position in the playoffs, so this was a huge game, a playoff game type of mentality," said head coach Brendan Whittet. "These two points were important and now we have two home games against two really good teams."

Harvard controlled the opening five minutes of play, but junior Joey de Concilys (St. Catharine's, Ontario) highlighted the Brown defense with a pair of early blocked shots and Goldberg broke up an open look off a rebound. The Bears answered back at the 12-minute mark with back-to-back looks from junior Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) and freshman Zack Pryzbek (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario), but Girard stopped both shots.

Harvard's Kyle Criscuolo benefited from a turnover in the neutral zone for the breakaway with six minutes remaining, but Steel was able to extend his right pad to deny the shot and keep the game scoreless at the first intermission. Harvard held a 12-7 advantage in shots during the opening period.

Brown went right to work after the break as Lappin scored a power-play goal just 32 seconds into the second period. After a Harvard penalty at the 25-second mark, Lorito kept the play alive following a faceoff and found Naclerio in the left circle. Naclerio then quickly sent a centering pass to Lappin in front of the net for the tip-in to give the Bears the lead, 1-0.

Goldberg gave the Bears a two-goal lead at the 16:54 mark with his second tally of the season. Freshman Kyle Kramer (Qualicum Beach, British Columbia) controlled the puck behind the net and slid a pass along the boards to Naclerio, who hit Goldberg for the blast from in front of the blue line to push the visitors in front, 2-0.

Brown carried over the momentum into the second period and kept the Crimson at bay throughout the stanza. Steel turned away 10 shots in the final period, including a late attack by Desmond Bergin with just over a minute left to play to seal the victory.  

The Bears return to action on Friday, Feb. 28 when they play host to Rensselaer at 7 p.m. Brown returns to face No. 3 Union on Saturday, March 1 for Senior Day at 4 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.