Sophomore Justin Jallen (St. Paul, Minn.) posted the first hat trick of his career and the Brown men's hockey team scored four power-play goals as the Bears downed Yale, 5-1, in Saturday's home opener at Meehan Auditorium.
Brown (1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC) broke a 1-1 tie game in the second with four unanswered power-play goals to split the home-and-home weekend series. Yale dropped to 1-1-0 on the season. Brown outshot the Bulldogs, 34-25.
"After last night, I thought we played how we have to play, get pucks in and establish the forecheck, possess pucks and grind," said head coach Brendan Whittet. "I thought we played well from the start and scored four power-play goals, so that's a positive. We did a lot of things that would enable us to have success tonight."
In addition to Jallen, Chris Berger (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Bradley Cocca (Toronto, Ontario) had one goal apiece, while Michael Maloney (McHenry, Ill.) racked up three assists. Senior defenseman Zach Giuttari (Warwick, R.I.) had a pair of assists.
Senior Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) made 24 stops in the win and Corbin Kaczperski stopped 29 shots on the other end.
Jallen scored his first tally of the season at 17:26 in the opening period to give the Bears the lead after 20 minutes. Maloney took advantage of a turnover behind the Bulldog net and quickly found Jallen in front for the score. The Bulldogs evened the score at 13:41 in the middle period when Cole Donhauser capitalized on a turnover in front of the Brown net for the unassisted goal.
Nevertheless, Brown answered back with two power-play goals in the final five minutes of the period. Jallen notched his second tally of the night with a backhanded rebound, before Berger also tapped in a rebound in front, scoring with 38 seconds left on the clock for his first of the season.
Jallen tacked on third of the game just 1:24 into the third period, when he finished a centering pass from Maloney to secure his second power-play tally of the game. Cocca stretched the lead to 5-1 when he blasted home a set-up from Zach Giuttari for his second goal in as many nights.
Alec Mehr (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the way with five shots. Brown was three-for-three on the penalty kill.
Brown will travel to Cornell and Colgate next weekend. The Bears are back home on Friday, Nov 15 against Harvard.
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