Brown loses early lead, falls to No. 10 Providence

Brown loses early lead, falls to No. 10 Providence

HANOVER, N.H. – The Brown men's hockey team held a one-goal lead through two periods, but No. 10 Providence College scored three times with an empty-net goal in the third period as the Bears fell, 3-1, in the opening game of the Dartmouth Ledyard Classic at Thompson Arena.
 
Brown moved to 2-7-3 overall and Providence improved to 10-4-3 on the season after the 100th all-time meeting between the two programs. The crosstown rivals will meet again on Jan. 15 when the Bears host the 33rd annual Mayor's Cup at Meehan Auditorium.
 
Sophomore Luke Kania (Chicago, Ill.) tied a career high with 41 saves, making 15 stops in both the first and third periods. Hayden Hawkey posted 13 saves for the Friars. Joachim Weberg (Oslo, Norway) scored for the Bears in the first period and Max Gottlieb (Old Bridge, N.J.) paced the team with three shots.
 
"We defended well, but they're a relentless team," said head coach Brendan Whittet. "I thought their energy level remained consistent and ours dipped as the game went on. We just need to find a way to play sixty minutes."
 
Weberg scored the first goal of the game midway through the opening period. After Tommy Marchin(Algonac, Mich.) launched a shot from the point, Weberg cleaned up the rebound and finished with a backhand past Hawkey, earning his second goal in as many games. Defenseman Zach Giuttari (Warwick, R.I.) also picked up an assist.
 
Alec Mehr (Los Angeles, Calif.) threatened with two minutes left in the period but his shot rang off the pipe.
 
Providence recorded an 11-2 edge in shots during a scoreless middle frame, as Brown held the Friars to a limited amount of quality looks, and each team went 0-for-1 on the power play.
 
Josh Wilkins evened the score at 4:42 into the third period. Wilkins pushed home the rebound on a delayed penalty seemingly after the whistle blew on the ice, but the goal was confirmed after video review.
 
Brown killed the following penalty, but Scott Conway scored the go-ahead goal for the Friars at 10:20, as he tipped a shot past Kania in front. Providence killed off a penalty with six minutes remaining before Kasper Bjorkqvist added an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal the win.  
 
Brown will play Army West Point tomorrow at 4 PM.