Created: 02/17/2013 9:33 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Sports & Union Athletics
SCHENECTADY, NY – Sophomore forward Max Novak scored midway through the second period and junior goaltender Troy Grosenick made 23 saves for his first shutout of the year to lead men’s hockey (15-10-5, 8-6-4 ECAC Hockey) to a 2-0 win over Brown (9-11-5, 5-8-5 ECAC Hockey) in front of 2,082 fans at Messa Rink.
With the win, the Dutchmen snapped a three-game winless stretch (0-2-1) against Brown dating back to Jan. 29, 2011.
An aggressive forecheck helped the Dutchmen dominate possession for much of the night, as Union outshot Brown 48-24, setting a season mark for shots on net. But Brown goaltender Anthony Borelli (46 saves) kept the Bears in the game until Union added an empty net goal from senior forward Kyle Bodie at the :19 mark to seal the win.
Both teams had quality chances in a scoreless opening period, but Union got its forecheck going midway through the opening period after a good shift by the forward line of Daniel Carr, Josh Jooris and Matt Wilkins led to a number of quality chances until Borelli covered the puck in the crease at 10:28 of the first period to stop play.
Grosenick made his best save of the frame minutes later, kicking away Nick Lappin’s wrist shot from the right wing boards.
Novak broke the scoreless tie midway through the second period, as Union continued its relentless forecheck. Novak fed the puck down low to junior forward Kevin Sullivan and cut to the net. Sullivan fed Novak in the slot, and Novak beat Borelli over the shoulder at 9:30 to give Union a 1-0 lead. The goal was Novak’s sixth of the season and extended his point streak to three games.
Grosenick was at his best later in the frame, making a series of impressive stops on Brown’s best chances of the period. Lappin had two chances in front of the Union net, but Grosenick made two left pad saves. Later on in the same shift, Matt Lorito fired a wrist shot from the circle the Grosenick gloved with 4:24 left in the second.
Union continued to test Borelli in the third period, as Simpson forced a Brown defensive zone turnover and fired a wrist shot high off the chest of the Brown goaltender just over 4:00 into the final frame. Junior forward Daniel Carr had three great chances on the same shift, firing two wrist shots from the circle, then nearly stuffing in a wraparound, but Borelli was there to smother the puck with 3:15 to play in the third period.
In between, Grosenick was at his best, making a good stop on Jake Goldberg’s shot from the wing at 4:47 and stopping a long drive by Brown’s Dennis Robertson at 9:48.
Union sealed the win in the final minute with Borelli out of the net for an extra attacker, as Simpson blocked a shot and fed Bodie, who fired a soft shot from the neutral zone into the empty net to put the Dutchmen up 2-0.
Union will make its final road trip of the regular season next weekend, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Colgate next Friday night.