Brown Takes Season Opener
Wilson Scores in 4-1 Loss
NEWARK, NJ – The Bulldogs got the game's first goal, but Brown scored the next four in a 4-1 season-opening men's hockey decision in game one of the Liberty Invitational at the Prudential Center.
Yale had the edge (32-31) in shots on net, but Brown goalie Marco Del Filippo turned aside 30 to lead the unranked Bears to a win over the No. 6/7 defending national champions.
Freshman netminder Alex Lyon made 27 saves in his collegiate debut for the Blue but was undone by two third-period goals.
Yale outshot Brown 11-6 in the scoreless opening frame and prevented a Bear shot on net for the first 4:56.
The Blue broke through during a penalty-filled second period on the power play after the Bears took a five-minute major for hitting from behind that sent Matthew Beattie to the Yale locker room for a look by the training staff. He returned to the game shortly after.
Stu Wilson, standing along the goal line on the side of the cage, took the feed from rookie Frankie DiChiara and skated toward the crease. The sophomore center improved his angle and then fired a low wrister inside the far post. Blueliner Gus Young had the other helper on Yale's first tally of the season.
"We had a good start," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "After our goal, our guys thought it would be easy. We weren't very good in any facet of the game."
Lyon, who faced four Brown advantages and had 10 stops, made two quick saves midway through the period but could not stop a shot with eyes. The equalizer with 6:09 left in the second came on a re-direction by Mark Naclerio, who also found the net 3:55 into the third to make it 2-1 for the Bears.
The Elis came close to getting it tied a few times early in the third, but Del Filippo came up with the big saves. His play allowed the Bears to make it three straight goals with an unassisted one at 12:51. The fourth came with an empty net at 18:18, after the Blue called a timeout and pulled Lyon for the extra skater.
"The silver lining is that I've seen guys in that [locker] room play better than they did tonight. We were not a good hockey team tonight."
The Bulldogs take on Princeton Saturday night at 7 in the Liberty Invitational finale.
There were four freshmen in the lineup including three forwards and Alex Lyon in net… The tournament formerly known as the Ivy Shootout is set for the next few years as the Liberty Invitational. Yale and Princeton are set for next October, but Dartmouth and Brown will be replaced by a pair of Hockey East schools… The Liberty games are non-conference contests that count on the overall record… Three Bulldogs from the Garden State (Matt Killian, Kenny Agostino, Charles Orzetti) won high school state championship games at the Prudential Center. The other NJ natives – Matthew Beattie and Dan O'Keefe – did not make it to the Rock… All the action at the Rock this weekend airs live on the Ivy Digital Network.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director