Brown hockey plays to draw on Senior Night

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rookie Alex Brink (Hamilton, N.Y.) and senior Nick Lappin (Geneva, Ill.) both scored for the Bears as the Brown men’s hockey team drew even with No. 18 St. Lawrence, 2-2, in Saturday’s home finale and Senior Night at Meehan Auditorium.

Brown (5-16-6, 3-12-5 ECAC) earned a three-point weekend after defeating No. 20 Clarkson, 5-2, Friday night. St. Lawrence moved to 16-12-4, 10-7-3 ECAC.

Lappin’s tally in the second period gave him 50 career goals as he is the 19th player to reach the milestone in program history. Fellow senior Brandon Pfeil (West Vancouver, British Columbia) had two assists in the game.

Tim Ernst (Pickering, Ontario) made 22 saves, while Kyle Hayton had 29 stops on the other end.

Brown outshot St. Lawrence, 31-24, including 15 shots in the third period.

St. Lawrence struck first at 6:33, when the Saints won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Jacob Pritchard set up Drew Smolcynski for the backhander in front.

The lead did not last long, however, as Brink notched the equalizer less than a minute later at 7:18. Pfeil chipped the puck off the boards that bounced into the left circle, and the rookie quickly released a shot past Hayton high glove side for his third goal in the last four games. Charlie Corcoran (New Canaan, Conn.) was also credited with an assist.

Lappin put the Bears back on top at 14:17 in the second period. The senior crossed into St. Lawrence territory and launched a shot form the right circle over the shoulder of Hayton for his 16th goal of the season. Rookie Brady Schoo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) picked up an assist on the play.

St. Lawrence responded right back, however, as Gavin Bayreuther took a shot from the high slot that was initially blocked, but he corralled the rebound and hit the back of the net to even the score.

Brown outshot the Saints by a 15-5 margin in the third period, and had a power play with three minutes remaining, but the visitors held off the lengthy attack to send the game into overtime.

In the extra frame, Brown provided the only two shots on target, but Hayton stopped attempts from Lappin and Zack Pryzbek (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario) to preserve the draw.

Seniors Lappin, Pfeil, Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) and Joe Prescott (Norwell, Mass.) were honored prior to the game for their four years of dedication to the program.

Brown will wrap up the regular season next weekend when the Bears travel to No. 1 Quinnipiac (2/26) and Princeton (2/27).

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