Cornell Beats Brown to Push Unbeaten Streak to Five

Cornell Beats Brown to Push Unbeaten Streak to Five

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior goalie Andy Iles made 31 saves, and senior forward Greg Miller had a pair of assists to help the men's hockey team defeat Brown, 4-1, on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium. The victory gives the Big Red a five-game unbeaten streak as it continues to chase home ice for the first-round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs.
 
Cornell was dominant from the start, with senior forward John Esposito and Miller firing shots from close range in the early going. Freshman forward Christian Hilbrich eventually got Cornell on the board at the 8:33 with his first collegiate goal. The play started when sophomore defenseman Jacob MacDonald made a beautiful pass from the right point to Miller in the left circle. Brown goalie Anthony Borelli made a kick save on Miller, but the puck sat dangerously in the crease under Hilbrich pushed it just wide of the post to Borelli's left. Miller was then able to shovel the puck back toward the front, and Hilbrich converted.
 
The Big Red took a 2-0 lead for the third consecutive game a little more than six minutes later. Sophomore defenseman Joakim Ryan created the play by going coast-to-coast up the left wing, beating the final defense wide before hooking a pass back toward the top of the crease. Junior forward Dustin Mowrey was cruising down the slot to skate on to the puck and beat Borelli to the near post.
 
Brown answered with more energy in the second period, keeping the Big Red trapped in its own zone for much of the early going. The hosts' best chance came when leading scorer Matt Lorito wheeled a shot off the post.
 
Cornell even lost the services of senior forward Erik Axell for more than five minutes after the steel snapped off one of his skates. But when Axell returned, he made his presence felt. He cleanly won a faceoff to Borelli's right back to the point. Senior defenseman Braden Birch was able to get a shot off that tipped off a defender and squeezed between the knees of Borelli to give Cornell a 3-0 lead – all without the help of a single power play.
 
The Bears broke up Iles' shutout bid 2:44 into the third on Mark Naclerio tip-in goal off a Mike Juola shot. But Cornell then closed out the scoring when sophomore forward Joel Lowry forced a turnover in the neutral zone and sent Miller away on a two-on-one up the left wing. Miller slithered a pass under the defender to get sophomore forward Brian Ferlin in the clear from the slot, and he pulled the puck to his backhand to beat Borelli and restore the Big Red's three-goal lead.
 
Cornell will close out its regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday at Yale.