The last time Union sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere was down the Jersey Shore, he was carried off on a stretcher.
No, Gostisbehere wasn’t hurt. It was all part of a training regimen.
Gostisbehere, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round of last June’s NHL draft, participated in the team’s “Trial on the Isle” in Stone Harbor, N.J., during the Flyers’ prospects camp last July.
To change things up during the week-long camp, the Flyers take their prospects away from the rink and take them down the shore for a day for training and team bonding.
“It was definitely a fun time,” Gostisbehere said. “We did the little Marine workout there. We thought it was going to be a nice, easy day at the beach. But it was definitely good to get away from the rink.”
The training included calisthenics, running and carry players on a stretcher. Gostisbehere, who is 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, was the perfect candidate to be carried on a stretcher by his teammates.
Gostisbehere learned a lot about his physical abilities.
“Perseverance, that’s a big part,” Gostisbehere said. “I was one of the smaller guys, so I was on the stretcher being carried. That was better. I felt bad for the guys carrying me because they were struggling, but I was good.”
Matt Lorito scored twice, and goalie Anthony Borelli outplayed his counterpart Eric Hartzell as seventh-seeded Brown rolled to a 4-0 upset of top-seeded Quinnipiac in the first semifinal at Boardwalk Hall.
Brown (16-13-6) will play in its first final since 1993, when the Bears lost to Clarkson, 3-1. Brown coach Brendan Whittet was a defenseman on that team.
The Bears (16-13-6), who advanced to the semifinals by ousting Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in last weekend’s quarterfinals, took a 2-0 lead in the first period against the second-ranked Bobcats (26-7-5). Lorito scored his first goal of the game at 9:05. Garnet Hathaway skated past Bobcats defenseman Zach Tolkinen at the bottom of the left circle, drove to the net and fired the puck past Hartzell, the ECACH Player of the Year and Ken Dryden Award winner as goalie of the year.
The Bears put the game away in the second period. Francois Drolet scored his first goal of the season with 7:04 left. Shortly after that goal, Hartzell was replaced by Michael Garteig. Hartzell returned 14 seconds later.
Lorito scored on a two-man advantage at 15:36.
“That was complete a game as we’ve played this year,” Whittet said. “We were really good in all of our systems. We were excellent in terms of taking care of the puck, and capitalized when we could. I couldn’t ask for a better effort from the guys.”
Borelli made 29 saves to earn the shutout.
The Bears were the only ECACH team not to lose to the Bobcats in the regular season. Both games ended in ties.
“I thought that gave us a lot of confidence,” said Lorito, who has 22 goals on the season. “Obviously, they’re a good team and they had a great season this year. Knowing that we could play with them, we might have been in their heads a little bit.”
Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold summed up his team’s play in two words.
“We stunk,” he said.
The last lowest seed to win the ECACH tournament title was Princeton in 1998. The Tigers had to win three games in Lake Placid to do that. In 1998, a final five format was used.
Brown 2 2 0 — 4
Quinnipiac 0 0 0 — 0
First Period — 1, Brown, Lorito 21 (Naclerio, Lappin), 9:05. 2, Brown, Hathaway 6 (Ryan), 16:03. Penalties — Wahl, Bro (holding), 10:42; Samuels-Thomas, Qui (slashing), 13:31.
Second Period — 3, Brown, Drolet 1 (Prescott, Senecal), 12:56. 4, Brown, Lorito 22 (Narclerio, Robertson), 15:36 (pp). Penalties — Davies, Qui (tripping), 9:53; C. Jones, Qui (slashing), 13:47; Van Brabant, Qui (interference), 15:02.
Third Period — None. Penalties — Currie, Qui (tripping), :40; Robertson, Bro (holding), 1:44; Tolkinen, Qui (hooking), 11:30; Robertson, Bro (embellishment), 13:21; C. Jones, Qui (hooking), 13:21.
Shots on Goal — Brown 8-11-4 — 23. Quinnipiac 15-9-5 — 29.
Power-play opportunities — Brown 1 of 6; Quinnipiac 0 of 2.
Goalies — Brown, Borelli 14-8-5 (29 shots-29 saves). Quinnipiac, Hartzell 26-6-5 (12-9), Garteig (13:12 second, 0-0), Hartzell (13:26 second, 11-10).
T — 2:30.
Referees — Chip McDonald, Robert St. Lawrence. Linesmen — Justin Prusak, David Brown.
The ECACH tournament final four will be moving back to Lake Placid next season for the start of a three-year run. But it certainly feels like the tournament has already moved there, weather-wise.
The weather in Atlantic City has been cold, even though spring arrived Tuesday. There were snow squalls Thursday afternoon, and even though the sun was shining Friday, it was windy and cold.