HANOVER, N.H. – Senior Matt Lorito evened the score early in the first period, but No. 15 Boston College responded with three unanswered goals as the Brown men’s hockey team fell to the Eagles, 4-1, in the opening game of the Dartmouth Ledyard Classic Friday afternoon at Thompson Arena.
Brown moves to 3-9-0 overall, while BC improves to 10-7-1 on the season.
Brad Barone made 22 stops for BC to pick up the win, while sophomore Tim Ernst (Pickering, Ontario) recorded 18 saves in net for the Bears. Brown held a slight edge in shots, 23-22.
Boston College opened up the scoring at 4:14 in the first period, when Zach Sanford scored from the slot to give the Eagles the early one-goal advantage. Matthew Gaudreau and Adam Gilmour were both credited with assists on the play.
Brown roared back with the equalizer at 7:15 as Lorito notched his sixth tally of the season. Junior Nick Lappin carried the puck behind the net and out in front of the blue line, where he rifled a shot that bounced off the stick of Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.), before Lorito quickly snuck a shot past Barone to even the score at 1-1.
Nevertheless, Ryan Fitzgerald managed to score the go-ahead goal with just 16 seconds left in the opening period to give BC the 2-1 lead at the first intermission. The two teams were even in shots at eight apiece after the first frame.
Brown enjoyed several extra-man opportunities in the second period, but the Eagles killed off all four power play bids to preserve the one-goal lead at the second intermission. Brown held a 10-4 advantage in shots during the second stanza, paced by Lorito and Nick Lappin with three shots apiece.
Boston College took advantage of consecutive Brown penalties to open up a three-goal advantage early in the third period. Adam Gilmour made the most of the two-man advantage as he took a feed from across the slot and knocked in the one-timer for the 3-1 lead. Austin Cangelosi added another power-play goal at 9:22 to secure the victory, 4-1.
Nick Lappin led the way with six shots, while senior Joey de Concilys paced all players with seven blocked shots. BC’s Fitzgerald had three points behind one goal and two assists.
Brown returns to the Dartmouth Ledyard Classic tomorrow when they play No. 11 Denver at 4 p.m. Brown’s next home game is Friday, January 9 when they host crosstown rival Providence College at 7 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.