Brown kicked off their 2nd semester on Sunday by defeating the Tufts University Jumbos by a score of 7-3. Fresh off of winter break and having only 2 practices under their belt, Brown started the game very sluggish and were given an early scare when Tufts, who brought a team of 7 skaters and 1 goalie, took a shock lead XXX into the first period. Despite fielding a significant numerical advantage, Brown looked slow and indecisive with the puck. Tanner Larson ’15 and Patrick Holland-Stergar ’15 were the only bright spots in an otherwise poor first period. The Bears did manage however to score two goals by the end of the period to take a 2-1 lead after the first period with Peter Vonu ‘15.5 equalizing and Bryan Sutermaster PhD’16 scoring on an end-to-end rush. Nevertheless, the Bears were furious with themselves, and according to unnamed sources, veteran Pat Holland-Stergar gave a passionate intermission speech which jolted the Brown team out of their first period sleep. The pep talk seemed to have worked, with Brown taking firm control of the game in the second period with Jon Franco ’16 leading the way. Adam Gottesman ’16 netted an early goal with an assist from Jenn Nedow M’15, and Franco scored his first 2 goals of the season later in the period. Tufts managed to score once as well in the second. The Bears continued their momentum in the third period and were able to close the game, with the Bears’ first line of senior captain Jay Xu ‘15, Peter Vonu, and Jon Franco each netting once with Tufts managing a single goal in the final frame. Despite allowing 7 goals, the Tufts goalie played a good game, making several fine saves from the usually deadly Jay Xu throughout the game including a sliding backdoor save on the Bears’ only powerplay.
Jon Franco ended the game with a hat trick, Jay Xu led the team with 5 points (1G, 4A) despite being wasteful on several opportunities, and Peter Vonu added a pair of goals and an assist. Brown also had overall solid performances from Adam Gottesman, Alex Berner ‘16, and Jenn Nedow, each of whom had very good games on both ends of the ice. Scoring 11 points between them and showing some impressive chemistry in the final 2 periods, the Xu-Vonu-Franco line will likely stay together when the Bears make the trip to Columbia University on Saturday night, and they will need them to be at their best against a Columbia team that defeated them 5-2 in the 3rd place game at the Ivy League Tournament in October.
Ben Pruzan and Ian Lapham were in goal for the Bears against Tufts.
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