Princeton Doubles Up On Brown Hockey, 4-2
Brown University Press Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tyler Bird (Andover, Mass.) and Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) both scored to even the game early in the second, but it was not enough, as the Brown men’s hockey team fell to Princeton, 4-2, in Friday night’s ECAC contest at Meehan Auditorium.
Brown drops to 2-5-3 overall and 2-4-2 in the conference, while Princeton improves to 3-8-0 and 2-5-0 in the ECAC.
Colton Phinney stopped 36 shots to pick up the win. Tim Ernst (Pickering, Ontario) had 22 saves for the Bears.
Princeton raced out to an early lead with a back-to-back goals midway through the opening period. Ben Foster drew first blood at 11:01 when he scored with seven seconds left on the team’s first power play. Ryan Kuffner added a second goal at 12:34 as he beat Ernst in front of the crease for the two-goal lead.
Bird put Brown on the board just under two minutes later at 14:20. Fellow sophomore Max Willman (Barnstable, Mass.) ripped a shot from the point that was denied by Phinney, but Bird was right in front for the rebound to trim the lead to one, 2-1. Max Gottlieb (Old Bridge, N.J.) also picked up an assist on the play.
Brown held the advantage in shots, 12-10, in the first period.
Despite a penalty 34 seconds into the second period, the Bears killed off the early attack, and then Naclerio tied the game at 2:59. After Tommy Marchin (Algonac, Mich) found Naclerio with a backhanded pass in the neutral zone, the senior captain carried it the rest of the way and waited for the right opportunity with a shot high stick side to make it 2-2.
Princeton regained the lead at 6:55 when Garrett Skrbich tucked a shot past Ernst on a wraparound for the 3-2 lead at the second intermission. Brown held an 11-9 edge in shots in the second period.
Brown had a pair of power-play opportunities in the third period, on two Joe Grabowski penalties, but could not break through to even the score. Princeton’s defense and Phinney then held off a frantic Brown charge with four minutes remaining in regulation, turning away a trio of shots to maintain the lead.
Ryan Siiro tacked on an empty-net goal at 19:13 to seal the victory.
Brown held an advantage in shots, 38-26.
Brown will host No. 3 Quinnipiac tomorrow at 4 p.m. Tickets for all Brown men’s hockey games can be purchased online, calling the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or walking up to the Box Office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.