Maricic Makes 31 Saves in 1-0 Loss

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Nick Maricic. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bears Earn Split in Season Series

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The weekend snowstorm that blanketed New Haven County and forced this game to be postponed twice looked as if it may have inspired a pair of senior goalies who covered almost everything in a 1-0 Brown win over No. 9/10 Yale.  

Anthony Borelli stopped all 44 shots to earn the game's top honors before 1,205 at Meehan Auditorium. Yale senior goalie Nick Maricic, who stopped 31 of 32 shots and all three Brown power plays, deserved a  better fate.

The Blue (13-7-3, 9-5-1 ECAC), which got a season-low one power-play chance, peppered the Bear net with 15 shots in the third period while allowing just four at the other end. There were plenty of chances as Yale rebounded from being outshot in the first to putting 32 shots on Borelli over the final 40 minutes.

Brown produced the first nine shots on goal through the first five minutes of play. Six shots later, the Bears broke through with a Nick Lappin unassisted goal at 10:31 that turned into the game-winner. That was the only tally of the frame that had the home team with a 20-12 shots advantage and the only power play. Maricic, who had 19 saves, made a number of quality stops including a one-on-one with Matt Lorito with three minutes left.

The Bulldogs increased the intensity in the second and came so close to finding the net. The Blue outshot Brown 17-8, but could not cash in on its one advantage and numerous grade-A chances. Borelli stood on his head a few times,  most noticeably when Yale had a 3-on-1 and connected on a tic-tac-toe pass that was a last-moment, kick save away from evening the score late in the second.

Yale continued the pressure in the third, but just couldn't solve Borelli. The Elis only had the one advantage in the second, but It looked like a visitor's power play for stretches of the last 10 minutes. Pucks just didn't bounce the Yale way.

The Elis, trying to become the first team to come from behind after two periods to beat the Bears this season, pulled Maricic for the extra skater with under a minute left and then called a timeout after a Brown icing with 28 seconds left. The Blue sent out forwards Clinton Bourbonais, Jesse Root, Andrew Miller, Antoine Laganiere and Kenny Agostino and defenseman Tommy Fallen. That group put a two or three shots on target but nothing got past the Brown goalie.

Yale, which came from behind to beat Brown at Ingalls in December, is back in action Friday night at Union in a game that airs live on Time Warner Cable TV.

 

BULLDOG BITES

Tonight's game was originally slated for Feb. 9 before being moved to the 10th and then to today because of the blizzard. It was the only ECAC men's game that didn't get played last weekend… The same Elis who suited up against Quinnipiac last Saturday were in uniform tonight.

 

Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director