PROVIDENCE, RI – Senior Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY) stopped a career-high 44 shots, including 17 in the second period, in helping to lead the Brown men's hockey team (9-9-5, 5-6-5) to a 1-0 shutout over #9 Yale (13-7-3, 9-5-1) on Tuesday evening at Meehan Auditorium. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday night and then moved to Sunday due to this weekend's blizzard, before eventually getting moved to tonight.
The shutout is Borelli's second of the season after blanking Cornell, 3-0, two weeks ago in Ithaca. With the win, Brown moved into a tie for eighth place with Clarkson, one point out of sixth place, two behind third place, and four behind second place with six games remaining.
"The guys played really well," said head coach Brendan Whittet '94. "To shut that team out; they are a deadly offensive team. We had a great first period, then I thought we had a lull in the second. Tribute to them, they are a really good hockey team. And then I thought we had a pretty good third. Overall, a 1-0 win, we'll take that."
The difference in the game may have been Borelli's save on Clinton Bourbonais with 6:31 left in the second period. After freshman Nick Lappin (Geneva, IL) was denied on a two-on-one bid with senior Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ), Yale collected the puck and countered for a nearly perfectly executed three-on-one break. Bourbonais carried the puck down the left wing and passed to Rob O'Gara in the middle. O'Gara dished to Anthony Day on his right and Day immediately sent the puck back to Bourbonais on the left side. Boourbonais attempted a one-timer from the edge of the crease, but Borelli recovered in time to make the save with his right leg, keeping Yale off the board.
"Obviously, Anthony played great, said Whittet. "That three-on-one save he made in the second. Those are the saves that win you hockey games and he helped us win the game tonight. He's been phenomenal."
The Bears dominated the opening period, outshooting Yale, 20-12, including a 14-4 margin in the game's first 10 minutes. After several near misses, Lappin broke the stalemate, scoring what would stand as the game-winner.
Sophomore Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) stole the puck away from a Yale player behind the Brown net and carried the puck up ice, before passing to Lappin on the right wing in the neutral zone. With a three-on-two developing, Lappin drove the net from the right side, held the puck and fired a shot on goal from the edge of the crease that Nick Maricic saved. However, the rebound bounced right back out to Lappin and deflected in off his shin for his sixth goal of the year.
Following the goal, the game turned into a defensive battle, though Brown did have a few great offensive chances to extend its lead. Lorito nearly doubled the Bears' lead before the end of the first period, but after making a move around his defenseman for a one-on-one, Maricic saved his attempt from the slot to hold the score at 1-0.
Junior Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) nearly scored a second goal for Brown early in the second period. With Hathaway on the doorstep and Maricic out of position, Hathaway had a partially open net at which to shoot, but Yale's Gus Young took a hooking penalty on the play, denying Hathaway a clean look at the goal.
The Bulldogs began to pick up their intensity on offense midway through the second period, outshooting Brown 32-12 over the final 40 minutes, but Borelli and the rest of the Brown defense weathered the storm, including the final 37 seconds with Yale skating six players, and held on for the 1-0 victory. In all, the Bears blocked 19 shots in addition to Borelli's 44 saves.
For the game, Yale outshot Brown, 44-32, as Maricic finished with 31 saves. Brown was 0-3 on the power play and 1-1 on the penalty kill.
The Bears will now begin a four-game road trip on Thursday when they travel to New York's Capital District to face Rensselaer (Friday at 7:00) and Union (Saturday at 7:00). Brown remains on the road the following weekend when it travels to Princeton and Quinnipiac, before returning home to host Cornell and Colgate March 1st and 2nd in the final regular season weekend of the year.