PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown Bears (1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC) scored two quick goals in the first period and grinded out a 2-1 home win over the Yale Bulldogs (1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC) Sunday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium.
With the win, Brown picks up three ECAC league points and splits the season series with Yale.
“We played the way we needed to play, I thought we played hard, played fast, I thought we beat Yale to a lot of pucks. I thought we played Brown Hockey and we were excellent tonight,” said head coach Brendan Whittet ’94. “We had a 5-on-3 for a full two minutes which can either be uplifted or demoralizing and we found a way to make it uplifting by scoring a goal in that situation. We have to learn how to extend that lead, especially in the second – we outshot them 13-2 – we have to find a way to make that 2-0 lead a 3-0 lead and a 4-0 lead for a little bit of breathing room.”
“It was a gritty win and it’s our first step forward and we’ll take that into Friday against a really good Harvard team.”
Jackson Munro tallied Brown’s first goal of the season just 1:54 into the opening period. Jordan Tonelli fired an initial shot on Yale goaltender Nathan Reid (27 saves) with his brother, Zackary, collecting the rebound and finding Munro at the top of the zone for a quick strike.
For Zackary Tonellihe picked up his first career assist in his first collegiate shift.
Cole Quisenberry doubled Brown’s lead 13:08 into the opening frame on a 5-on-3 advantage. After Michael Young was whistled for boarding, forward Cole Donhauser fired the puck on Mathieu Caron (15 saves) and was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct minor.
Brown struck with 10 seconds remaining on the two-man advantage with defenseman Brett Bliss moving the puck to Matt Sutton on the goal line, who quickly fired the puck towards Quisenberry in the slot for the tic-tac-toe tally.
Brown nearly made it 3-0 with six minutes remaining in the second period. Just seconds after a Yale power play came up empty, Brown had an odd-man rush with Wyatt Schlaht’s shot stopped and held by Reid as he moved right-to-left.
After holding Yale to just seven shots in the first period the Bears limited the Bulldogs to just two shots on goal in the second – a mark that would have been the lowest in the 2021-22 season. The 16 total shots on goal mark the lowest allowed by Brown since allowing just 14 shots on goal in a 5-0 win over Colgate on November 27, 2015.
Yale had its fourth power play chance early in the third period after a Luke Krys boarding minor. However, Brown held the Bulldogs shotless and preserved the two-goal lead.
Yale cut into the lead at 10:31 of the second period as Connor Sullivan finished a feed from David Chen.
Caron turned aside all three shots faced in the remaining 8:29 of the game with the Bears killing a late penalty in the process.
Brown hits the road to take on the #13/14 Harvard Crimson (2-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC) on Friday in Cambridge before squaring off against the Dartmouth Big Green (0-2-0, 0-1-0 ECAC) on Saturday in Hanover. Both games will stream on ESPN+.
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