Thursday reading: USA eliminated in WJC quarters; CC 3 Things vs. Brown

Published: January 2, 2014, 10:22 am, by Joe Paisley

slavin team usaTeam USA could not hold on to a 3-2 first-period lead,  falling 5-3 to Pool B No. 3 seed Russia in the world junior championship quarterfinals in Malmo, Sweden. The loss ends the Americans’ stint in the tournament.

CC freshman Jaccob Slavin finished  plsu-1 in five tournament games with a goal and assist.  He is not expected to be available for Saturday night’s Brown game, which is previewed below:

Here are three things Colorado College will focus on headed into its nonconference hockey game against ECAC member Brown (5-6-1) at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at World Arena:

1. Make the Bears uncomfortable right away

The Tigers (2-12-3) hope to catch a Brown team that may be a little tired in its second game back from a month-long holiday break after playing at No. 17 Denver on Friday.

“We need to get on them right away and make them uncomfortable on the big Olympic sheet,” CC coach Scott Owens said.

Brown’s last game was a 3-2 OT win over Dartmouth on Dec. 7.

2. Play a strong team game with contributions from throughout lineup

CC hopes to use this weekend’s game to set the tone for a successful second half.

“We need to get contributions from the entire team,” Owens said. “We are hoping to get good goaltending, strong special teams play and some scoring from a couple lines.”

3. Contain Brown’s top two lines

Centers Matt Lorito (14 points, team-high six goals) and Mark Naclerio (14, nine assists) anchor the top two lines for the Bears, which also has left wing Nick Lappin (13, eight assists) skating with Naclerio. Lorito leads an upperclassmen line that plays well together.

The two lines account for 68.75 percent of the goals (22 of 32) for the Bears, and 60.2 percent of the points (53 of 88).

‘They are a good team that we will need to be ready to play well against,” CC captain Eamonn McDermott said.