Bears Set to Open 2010-11 Season at Ivy Showcase against #5 Yale

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Brendan Whittet '94: Brown alum Brendan Whittet, class of 1994, returns for his second season as Brown's bench boss. A 15-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, Whittet guided the Bears to one of their most successful seasons in recent history in his first season at the helm. Under Whittet's guidance, Brown won 13 games, the most since winning 16 during the 2004-05 season. The Bears improved in nearly every facet of their game offensively, while advancing to the ECAC Hockey Championship Tournament for the first time since 2003. A former defenseman for the Bears, Whittet is the 15th head coach in the 111-year history of the Brown men's hockey program and the 4th Brown hockey alum to coach the team, joining Wescott E.S. Moulton '31 (1948-52), Donald F. Whiston '51 (1953-55), and J. Allan Soares '60 (1971-74).

This Weekend: The Bears open their season in the Ivy Showcase for the fourth straight season. After three years with regular season non-league games between Yale, Princeton and Brown and an exhibition game against Ontario Institute of Technology, the three original teams will be joined by Ivy foe Dartmouth this year. With the new format, all four teams will play a pair of non-league games that count in the overall record, but not in the ECAC Hockey or Ivy League standings. The Bears face host Yale on Friday evening and will face either Dartmouth or Princeton on Saturday at 4:00 depending upon the results of Friday's games. Brown has opened its season in October just six other times in its 86 seasons. This year's October 29th start date is the earliest since 2007 when Brown and Yale faced each other on October 27th in the first Ivy Showcase.

All-Time in Season Openers: Since Brown's first season in 1897-98, the Bears are 34-48-4 in season opening games. Brown's last win in a season opener came at the start of the 2003-04 season when the Bears earned a 2-0 victory at Harvard on November 1.

Last Time Out: The Bears were one of just two teams in the country, joining National Champion Boston College, to win their final game last season. Led by Dan Rosen '10, who made 21 saves to post a shutout, Brown claimed a 3-0 win over St. Lawrence in the ECAC Hockey Third Place game. Aaron Volpatti '10, Jesse Fratkin '11, and Harry Zolnierczyk '10 scored for Brown in its 13th win of the year, which helped the Bears close the season with a .500 record (13-13-3), after opening the season with an 0-7-1 record.

These Dates Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 0-0-1 in games played on October 29th, having tied Harvard, 2-2, in the 2004-05 season opener. In games played on October 30th, Brown is 0-2-0 all-time, having lost to Harvard, 1-0, in the 1999-00 season opener, and to Princeton, 1-0, in the 2009-10 season opener.

Brown vs. Yale: Yale leads the all-time series with Brown, which dates back to the 1897-1898 season, by an 88-71-8 margin, including winning 12 of the last 14 games between the two programs. In fact, dating back to a Brown win on 12/9/06, the Bulldogs had won 11 straight contests, a streak that was snapped last March when Brown earned a 3-2 win in game #1 of the ECAC Quarterfinal series. The Bears would go on to win the series with a 1-0 win in game #3, as Yale took the 2nd game, 6-3. Last season, Brown was one of just three teams to score at least five goals against Yale, joining RPI and St. Lawrence. However, Brown scored five goals in both games against the Bulldogs, while the Engineers and Saints accomplished it only once. Junior Jeff Buvinow is Brown's statistical leader against the Bulldogs with 8 points (1g, 7a) in 10 career games, while classmate Jack Maclellan (9 games) and senior Harry Zolnierczyk (12 games) each add 7 career points (3g, 4a).

Brown vs. Yale in Season Opening Games: All-time, Brown is 0-4-0 against Yale in season opening games. When the two teams met in the 2007-08 season opener, it marked the first time that Yale served as Brown's opening game since the 1926-27 campaign.    

Scouting Yale: The two-time defending ECAC Hockey regular-season champion Yale opens its 2010-11 campaign against the Bears. Yale and Dartmouth scrimmaged for 60 minutes on Oct. 23. Ken Agostino, Gus Young, Antoine Laganiere, Broc Little, and Chad Ziegler scored for the Bulldogs. Jeff Malcolm, Ryan Rondeau, and Nick Maricic each had a period between the pipes and combined to stop all but one shot.

Brown vs. Dartmouth: This weekend could mark the 139th meeting in the rivalry between Brown and Dartmouth. The Bears swept the season series from Dartmouth in 2007-08 (for the first time since 1997-1998), but the Big Green earned the season sweep in 2008-09 and earned three points last year with a 9-4 win in Hanover and a 5-5 tie in Providence, as Dartmouth is 12-2-2 since February 22, 2003. The Big Green leads the all-time series, which began on February 22, 1928 with a 15-0 Dartmouth victory, by a 68-63-8 margin. Junior Jeff Buvinow is Brown's statistical leader against Dartmouth with 1-4-5 totals in four career games, while senior Harry Zolnierczyk (2g, 2a) and junior Jack Maclellan (1g, 3a) each have four points in five and four career games, respectively.

Scouting Dartmouth: The Dartmouth men's hockey team begins its 2010-11 campaign with a 4 p.m. game on Friday against Princeton in the first contest of the Ivy Shootout. The Big Green earned a 7-6 exhibition win over Trois Rivieres on 10/17 with Rob Smith and Kyle Reeds each scoring two goals.

Brown vs. Princeton: Should the Bears and Tigers face each other on Saturday, this weekend would mark the 150th meeting all-time between the two teams. Brown holds a 79-62-8 advantage over Princeton in the all-time series, which dates back to a 4-4 tie during the 1899-1900 season. The two teams played six straight overtime games, with Brown posting a 1-2-3 record in those contests, before Princeton earned a victory in regulation, 4-3, in the final meeting between the two schools during the 2006-2007 season to clinch that year's ECAC First Round series. Following that win, Princeton won six straight games to stretch its winning streak over Brown to seven contests. Last year, Brown was 1-2-0 against Princeton, snapping the Tigers' winning streak with a 3-1 win in Providence on December 4. Junior Jack Maclellan is Brown's statistical leader against the Tigers with five points (2g, 3a) in six career games, while classmate Jeff Buvinow adds three points, all assists, in six career games.

Scouting Princeton: Princeton comes into the game with Dartmouth following a 7-1 exhibition victory over Morrisville State, its second exhibition win this year. Will MacDonald led the Tigers with four points against Morrisville, while Kevin Lohry and Marc Hagel also scored. Goalie Sean Bonar (40:00) picked up the victory with seven saves in relief of Alan Reynolds (20:00), who made three saves.

Pictured: Captain Harry Zolnierczyk '11. Photo by DSPics.net.