Brown Hockey Shuts Out Harvard

Brown University Press Release

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


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,


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.