Brown Falls Just Short In Season Opener, Falling to Yale

Brown Falls Just Short In Season Opener, Falling to Yale

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tristan Crozier (Calgary, Alberta) and Brady Schoo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) both scored, but the Brown men's hockey was edged by Yale, 3-2, in the season opener for both teams Friday at Meehan Auditorium.
 
Brown (0-1-0, 0-1-0) tied up the game on two occasions and went five-for-five on the penalty kill. Yale (1-0-0, 1-0-0) held a slight lead in shots, 26-22.
 
"It thought it was a hard-fought game and we got better as the game went on," said Brown head coach Brendan Whittet. "There were a lot of things that I liked and a lot we can do better as a team. They're a good hockey team and I thought we really battled on our end."
 
Sophomore Luke Kania (Chicago, Ill.) made 23 saves for the Bears, while Corbin Kaczperski had 20 stops for the Bulldogs.
 
Yale benefited from an early goal when Joe Snively scored just 14 seconds into the game, blasting a shot from the left circle for his first tally of the period.
 
Brown responded midway through the period when Crozier notched his first career goal. After Alec Mehr(Los Angeles, Calif.) stole the puck behind the Yale net, freshman Jake Harris (Toronto, Ontario) found Crozier all alone in front, and the rookie ripped a shot past Kaczperski to even the score.
 
Snively took advantage of a turnover at 17:36 and scored the unassisted goal to put the Bulldogs back in front at the end of the period.
 
The Bears answered back once again when Schoo scored at 2:25 in the second period. Trey Dodd (St. Louis, Mo.) had his shot blocked, but the puck came out to Schoo at the left circle, where he waited and scored on a wrist shot to tie the game. Rookie Justin Jallen (St. Paul, Minn.) also earned an assist for his first career point.
 
Yale regained the lead with five minutes left in the second period as Luke Stevens redirected a shot from the blue line.
 
Brown came out on the attack to start the third with a 6-1 shot advantage in the first six minutes. Nevertheless, Yale killed a penalty with six seconds remaining to preserve the lead. Brown pulled Kania with 2:03 to play, and managed four shots on net during the span, but the Bulldogs held on for the win.
 
"There was a lot that I liked and we just have to build on that and understand that there is a process to winning," added Whittet. "The penalty kill was excellent, the best I've seen in a while. I liked the way we pressured and thought we took away their options."
 
Tommy Marchin (Algonac, Mich.) paced the Bears with four shots.
 
Brown will host Vermont on Sunday at 5 PM. The game will be available on ESPN+ and NESN.