November 21, 2009

Bears Set to Host Yale in ECAC Battle Tonight

Tonight: After one non-league game on Tuesday night, Brown returns home this evening to host Yale in a single ECAC contest against its travel partner. Still in search of their first win of the season, the Bears are also in search of their first victory over the Bulldogs since December of 2006, as Yale has won nine straight games, including five last season.  

Last Time Out: The Bears dropped a 4-3 decision to Providence in the 24th annual Mayor's Cup game Tuesday night. Providence held a 2-0 lead and after senior Jordan Pietrus' third goal of the year made it 2-1, the Friars scored two more goals to grab a three-goal advantage, 4-1. Freshman Chris Zaires' first career goal at 8:38 of the third period brought Brown to within 4-2 and with time winding down, Brown took a gamble by pulling sophomore Mike Clemente from the net with over four minutes remaining. The gamble paid off when Pietrus scored his second of the night with 1:11 left to play, but the Bears could get no closer despite the valiant come-back attempt. Zaires also had an assist for his first career multi-point game, while freshman Marc Senecal recorded his first career point with an assist on Pietrus' first goal. Clemente finished the night with 33 saves in relief of senior Dan Rosen, who made one save in 1:24 before exiting the game with an injury.

Coming Up: The Bears remain at home to host a pair of single non-league games during the week of Thanksgiving. Brown plays Bentley on Tuesday evening, November 24th, and after a break for Thanksgiving, will return to the ice on Saturday, November 28th, to host UConn.
This Date Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown has played 10 total games on November 21st and has posted a 2-7-1 record. The Bears are 1-2-0 in home games played on 11/21 and 1-5-1 in away games played on this date.

Brown vs. Yale: Yale leads the all-time series with Brown, which dates back to the 1897-1898 season, by an 84-69-8 margin, including five straight wins last year and nine straight wins dating back to December 9, 2006 when Brown earned a 3-2 overtime win. Senior Jordan Pietrus is Brown's statistical leader against the Bulldogs with 5 points (2g, 3a) in nine career games, while senior Devin Timberlake (2g, 1a) and junior Jeremy Russell (1g, 2a) both have three points in seven career games.

Scouting Yale: The Bulldogs are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to UMass. Yale was leading, 3-2, midway through the third, but the Minutemen scored the tying goal with 9:58 left in the game and then scored the game-winner 3:59 into overtime. Last weekend against Colgate and Cornell, the Bulldogs earned three points with a 4-3 win over Cornell and a 3-3 tie with Colgate. Junior Broc Little currently leads Yale with 9 points (6g, 3a), while sophomore Brian O'Neill is second on the team with 8 points (2g, 6a). 14 other players have tallied at least one point, while 8 other players have scored at least one goal. Junior Ryan Rondeau and freshman Nick Maricic have split the time in net this season, with each playing three games. Maricic leads the way with a 2.86 GAA and a .894 save percentage, while Rondeau has a 3.26 GAA and a .906 save percentage. 

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