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Brown at New Hampshire: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Marco De Filippo will start in net tonight for the Brown Bears.

Brown junior forward Matt Lorito
Brown junior forward Matt Lorito
Eric Peterson - Brown Athletics

Durham, NH -- Welcome inside the Whittemore Center for tonight's nonconference matchup between the Brown Bears from the ECAC and the home-standing New Hampshire Wildcats of Hockey East. New Hampshire is 20-14-2 all-time against Brown, but the Bears won the last game between the two teams, 5-2, on December 30, 2011.

Brown's offense is paced by forwards Matt Lorito, Mark Naclerio and Nick Lappin. Defenseman Dennis Robertson, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, is a strong two-way blue liner. Senior Marco De Filippo will start in net for Brendan Whittet's team.

New Hampshire is off to an uncharacteristically slow start, but the Wildcats are coming off their best weekend yet. UNH swept UMass, 4-1 and 9-0 to even its Hockey East record and snap a six game winless streak overall. Defensemen Eric Knodel and Trevor van Riemsdyk are two very productive defensemen, but Justin Agosta had a very good weekend against the Minutemen. Grayson Downing has been playing banged up, but had a hat trick on Saturday at UMass. Jeff Wyer will start in net for Dick Umile's Wildcats.

Breaking Down the Matchup

Brown New Hampshire
Record 2-2-1, 1-1-0 ECAC 3-5-1, 2-2-0 HE
Road/Home Records 1-1-0 (Away) 1-2-1 (Home)
Goals Per Game 3.50 (14th) 3.22 (17th)
Goals Against Per Game 2.83 (31st) 2.33 (16th)
Power Play Percentage 15.6 (43rd) 19.6 (25th)
Penalty Kill Percentage 73.3 (52nd) 75.0 (50th)
Top Scorer Mark Naclerio (5-6--11) Kevin Goumas (4-5--9)
Starting Goaltender Marco De Filippo (2.38/.939) Casey De Smith (2.30/.914)


Left Wing Center Right Wing
Garnet Hathaway Matt Lorito Mike Juola
Zack Pryzbek Mark Naclerio Massimo Lamacchia
Matt Harlow Mark Hourihan Kyle Kramer
Joe Prescott Davey Middleton Andrew Doane

Left Defense Right Defense
Dennis Robertson Jake Goldberg
Aleksi Rossi Matt Wahl
Kyle Quick Tyler Wood

Marco De Filippo
Tyler Steel
Tim Ernst


Left Wing Center Right Wing
Dalton Speelman Grayson Downing Tyler Kelleher
Nick Sorkin Kevin Goumas Matt Willows
Casey Thrush Kyle Smith Jeff Silengo
Dan Correale Maxim Gaudreault Jay Camper

Left Defense Right Defense
Eric Knodel Trevor van Riemsdyk
Harry Quast Justin Agosta
Matias Cleland Brett Pesce

Jeff Wyer
Casey De Smith
Jamie Regan

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