The Brown line of junior Matt Lorito and sophomores Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin joined senior defenseman Dennis Robertson in accounting for all five goals and seven assists as the Bears pushed their unbeaten streak to six games with a 5-3 ECAC Hockey win at St. Lawrence University Friday night.
Brown, 7-6-2 overall and 4-4-1 in league play took three out of four points from the Saints in the season series and improved to 4-0-2 in their last six, using special teams play to back a solid goaltending effort from freshman Tyler Steel, who made 34 saves.
The Bears, who came into the game scoring at just 13.9 percent on the power play in league play, went three for four with the man advantage and scored a shorthanded goal, while St. Lawrence, which went into the game leading the nation in power play success, improved its percentage slightly, but came up empty on a key five-on-three power play in the third period as the Brown penalty kill helped preserve the win. The Saints have now lost six straight and are 2-9-0 in their last 11.
Things won't get any easier as SLU hosts eighth-ranked Yale on Saturday and then travel to Cornell and Colgate as they enter the stretch run of ECAC competition.
Lorito opened the scoring on a shorthanded breakaway 8:39 into the game as he turned around what had been a lengthy stretch of Saint power play domination with a steal at the blue line and the unassisted goal for his seventh of the year. Naclerio then finished off a pretty passing play from Lorito and Nick Lappin at 17:07 to make it 2-0 and Robertson scored on a tic-tac-toe power play from Lappin and Lorito at 19:01 to make it 3-0 after one.
Robertson's second power play goal of the game and his fifth goal of the year on a shot into the upper corner over the shoulder of Saint goalie Matt Weninger made it 4-0 at 8:05 of the second, but the Saints stemmed the tide, if only momentarily, when junior Pat Doherty scored his sixth of the season on a rebound put-back of a wraparound shot by Jeremy Wick at 10:41. Lappin then scored Brown's third power play goal of the game, his eighth of the year, at 15:53 for a 5-1 Brown lead before Wick scored his 10th of the season on a power play redirection on a pass from Justin Baker at 17:20 to make it 5-2 after two.
Brown allowed the Saints just one shot on goal on 1:25 of five-on-three power play early in the third period and while the Saints got one back when freshman Gavin Bayreuther scored his fifth of the year on a power play with the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker at 19:12, Brown was able to hold on for the win. Greg Carey, who was held in check for the most part by Brown, did extend his scoring streak to 16 games with an assist on Bayreuther's goal.
Weninger finished with 22 saves for the Saints, who outshot Brown 37-27.