Brown tops No. 14 Union, wins Three Rivers Classic

Brown tops No. 14 Union, wins Three Rivers Classic

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Senior Alex Brink (Hamilton, N.Y.) scored two goals in a four-goal opening period as the Brown men's hockey team downed No. 14 Union, 6-3, to capture the Three Rivers Classic Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena.
 
Brown (5-7-3), now 4-1-2 over the last seven games, earned its first win over a ranked team since 2016 and advanced to the championship game after defeating Robert Morris in the semifinal. Union dropped to 10-5-4 overall.
 
Brink was named the MVP of the Three Rivers Classic and was joined by defensemen Zach Giuttari (Warwick, R.I.) and Max Gottlieb (Old Bridge, N.J.) on the All-Tournament Team.
 
Brink had three points in the championship game, while Tommy Marchin (Algonac, Mich.) also had two goals, and Giuttari had one goal and one assist. Colin Burston (Winnipieg, Manitoba) had two assists and Jack Gessert (Novi, Mich.) had his first career goal.
 
Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) made 37 saves in the win for the Bears. Darion Hanson had four stops before giving way to Jake Kupsky, who made 16 saves.
 
"I think we've been playing very good hockey as of late, and making good strides as a program this season, but they're an excellent hockey team," said head coach Brendan Whittet. "I knew it would be a tough game. We figured if we played the right way, played energized, we would have a chance to win a championship."
 
Marchin gave Brown an early lead with a power-play goal just 2:27 into the game, as he blasted a shot past Hanson for his second goal of the tournament.
 
Brink maintained the momentum for the Bears with two goals midway through the period. He scored his first goal at 9:46 when he took a shot from behind the goal that went off Hanson's skate and into the back of the net. He then added a short-handed goal just over three minutes later, as he forced a turnover, eluded a Dutchmen in the offensive end and scored on the backhanded for his second of the frame.
 
Giuttari tacked on another short-handed goal for the Bears at 15:54 as he finished a 3-on-1 rush on a feed from Brent Beaudoin (Londonderry, N.H.) for the team's fourth-straight tally.
 
Jack Adams put Union on the board late in the first period and Anthony Rinaldi scored a power-play goal early in the second to trim the Brown lead to two, 4-2.
 
Lucas Breault added another power-play goal midway through the second period for the team's third-straight tally, but the Bears responded with 31 seconds left in the frame, when Gessert scored the first of his career for the two-goal advantage at intermission.
 
Nieto turned away 14 shots in the third period and Marchin buried an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal the win.
 
Brown will host Providence College (1/15) for the 33rd annual Mayor's Cup at Meehan Auditorium.