PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The ninth-seeded Brown University men's hockey team will open up the ECAC playoffs with a best-of-three first round series at eighth-seeded St. Lawrence on March 7-9 at Appleton Arena. Every game will start at 7 p.m. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.
No. 9 Brown (11-15-3, 8-13-1 ECAC) at No. 8 St. Lawrence (13-17-4, 7-11-4 ECAC)
Friday, March 7 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 – 7 p.m. (in necessary)
Watch Live on America ONE Sports: Both men's first-round and quarterfinal round coverage will be streamed live on America ONE Sports beginning Friday, March 7 with live broadcasts of all four first-round games of the Men's Championship Tournament. Fans can either purchase a game for $9 (US) for viewing directly on a mobile device or purchase for viewing on a standard computer and add the mobile option for an extra dollar.
This Weekend: Brown finished the regular season at 11-15-3 overall and 8-13-1 in the conference to earn the ninth seed in the ECAC playoffs and will travel to eighth-seeded St. Lawrence for a best-of-three series in the First Round. Brown is playing in the First Round for the tenth straight season, as the Bears' last top-four finish and subsequent bye came during the 2003-04 season.
All-Time in the ECAC First Round: Since the first season that the ECAC hosted a First Round of the playoffs (1989-90), Brown has played in the First Round 16 times. The Bears were 2-1 in single-elimination games between 1989-90 and 1996-97, while opening in the Quarterfinal Round in four of the five other seasons. The ECAC began a best-of-three format for the First Round beginning with the 1997-98 season. The Bears are 14-17-0 all-time in those games, winning the series five times (in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013). Brown earned a 2-0 series win against Clarkson at home in the first round last season. From 1961-62 to 1981-82, the ECAC playoffs began with four single-elimination Quarterfinal games. Brown was 4-7-0 in those games. From 1982-83 to 1988-89, the ECAC playoffs began with a best-of-three Quarterfinal series. Brown was 0-2-0 in those games.
Brown's All-Time First Round Results
1990 at Brown 7, Vermont 5
1991 Yale 2, at Brown 1
1996 at Brown 4, Princeton 3
1998 Princeton 3, at Brown 2
at Brown 6, Princeton 0
Princeton 5, at Brown 3
1999 at Clarkson 3, Brown 2 (ot)
at Clarkson 3, Brown 1
2002 at Harvard 4, Brown 1
at Harvard 2, Brown 1 (2ot)
2003 at Brown 2, Princeton 1
at Brown 3, Princeton 1
2005 at Brown 7, RPI 4
at Brown 4, RPI 3 (ot)
2006 at SLU 3, Brown 2 (ot)
Brown 3, at SLU 2
at SLU 5, Brown 4 (ot)
2007 Brown 4, at Princeton 3 (ot)
at Princeton 2, Brown 1 (ot)
at Princeton 4, Brown 3
2008 at Quinnipiac 7, Brown 6 (ot)
at Quinnipiac 7, Brown 1
2009 Brown 1, at Harvard 0
Brown 2, at Harvard 0
2010 Brown 3, at Rensselaer 1
at Rensselaer 6, Brown 3
Brown 3, at Rensselaer 2
2011 at Quinnipiac 4, Brown 0
at Quinnipiac 4, Brown 0
2012 Brown 4, at Quinnipiac 1
at Quinnipiac 3, Brown 0
at Quinnipiac 4, Brown 2
2013 at Brown 3, Clarkson 0
at Brown 4, Clarkson 3
Last Time Out: Brown dropped a pair of 3-0 home contests to Rensselaer and ECAC champion Union last weekend to close out the regular season. Brown and RPI were scoreless heading into the third period and outshot the Engineers, 34-27, in the contest. Tyler Steel allowed two goals with 24 saves before RPI scored on an empty net. Brown allowed three third-period goals the following day to Union, including an empty-net tally. Marco De Filippo allowed a pair of goals to go along with 30 saves. Brown was shutout in consecutive games for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Brown vs. St. Lawrence: Brown and St. Lawrence have met 78 times, with the Saints leading the all-time series, 40-28-10. St. Lawrence won the very first meeting, 6-3, on 12/19/52. In the early part of the series, St. Lawrence dominated Brown, winning eight straight games from 1981-1985 and going 10-0-2 from 2/13/87-1/9/93. Since the 1993 game, Brown has earned a 21-14-8 record, including a 13-10-5 record since the 2001-2002 season. In addition, the Bears have earned at least one point against the Saints in each of the past 20 seasons, winning at least one game in 15 of the past 20 years. Brown earned three points against the Saints during the regular season, including a 5-3 victory at Appleton Arena.
Brown vs. SLU in the Playoffs: Brown and St. Lawrence have met just five other times in the ECAC playoffs, with the Bears leading the all-time series, 3-2. Most recently, Brown earned a 3-0 win over SLU in the third place game of the 2010 ECAC Championship. In the 2006 First Round, the Saints defeated Brown in three games in a series played at Appleton Arena with all games being decided by a goal. St. Lawrence won the first game, 3-2, in overtime, before Brown evened the series with a 3-2 regulation victory in game two. The Saints advanced to the Quarterfinals with a 4-3 overtime win in the third game. The only other meeting between the two teams in the post-season came during the 1966 season when the Bears defeated St. Lawrence, 4-2, in a single-elimination Quarterfinal game, hosted by Brown.
Scouting SLU: St. Lawrence is 2-2 over the last four games and most recently downed Princeton, 5-0, in the regular season finale to grab the eighth seed in the ECAC playoffs and home ice the first round. However, SLU is 5-10-1 at home this season, including a 5-3 loss to the Bears in early January. SLU is led by Greg Carey, the leading scorer in the league with 53 points on 15 goals and 38 assists, and brother Matt Carey, who ranks second on the team with 18-16-34 totals. Matt Weninger has started 30 games in net for a 11-14-4 record with a 3.44 GAA and an .874 save percentage. The Saints boast the top power play in the conference, clocking in at 27.7 percent with 44 goals, but also rank last in the penalty kill at 73.4 percent.
Naclerio's Conference Ranks: Mark Naclerio ranks third in the ECAC in points per game (1.17) and second in the conference in goals per game (0.55). He was held scoreless over the weekend, but won 33 of 50 face-offs.
Top Line Takes Charge: In Brown's most recent meeting with SLU, a 5-3 victory on the road, the top line of Mark Naclerio, Nick Lappin and Matt Lorito combined for 10 points in the victory. Naclerio and Lappin notched one goal and three assists apiece, while Lorito had one goal and one assist. Dennis Robertson chipped in with 2-1-3 totals.
Robertson a Finalist for Senior CLASS Award: Defenseman Dennis Robertson was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award for men's hockey. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 20 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through March 31. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men's Frozen Final Four® in April. For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.