December 7, 2010

Bears to Face Cross-Town Rival Providence College in 25th Annual Mayor's Cup

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Tonight:
The Bears close out the 2010 calendar year and the first half of their schedule tonight against Providence, as the teams face off in the 25th annual Mayor's Cup battle. Brown will look to snap its two game skid, after falling to #13 Union (4-3) and #15 RPI (6-2) over the weekend. Tonight's game against PC also marks the third game (out of the last five) against teams from Hockey East, as Brown also played UNH and BU prior to the Union-RPI weekend. Brown will be looking to avenge last year's 4-3 loss to the Friars this evening and is in search of its first win in the Mayor's Cup series since a 2-1 win on November 26, 2006, as Providence has claimed three straight games.

Last Time Out:
The Bears stumbled against a pair of ranked opponents last weekend, falling to #13 Union, 4-3, and to #15 RPI, 6-2. Junior Jack Maclellan led the Bears with 4 points (3g, 1a) in the two games, with two points in each game. Sophomore Chris Zaires and freshman Dennis Robertson also had multiple points over the weekend, as each posted one assist in both games. For Maclellan, he posted his first career multi-goal game on Friday against Union, scoring one short handed and one on the power play. Junior Mike Clemente made 28 saves on Friday night against Union and stopped 8 on Saturday against RPI, before getting relieved by sophomore Anthony Borelli, who recorded 11 saves.    

Multimedia: Brown is in its fourth year of a partnership with America One (previously B2 Networks) to handle all video and audio streaming needs. Video and audio, called by Mike Rubin '00, for all 12 of Brown's home games will be streamed live over the internet. In addition, three away games will be shown live via America One. Free audio for all home games and select away games will also available. In addition to Brown's normal audio broadcasts on brownbears.com, six other games will also be broadcast on WPRV AM-790, including tonight's game against Providence. Other remaining games to air on WPRV AM-790 include both Harvard games and the home game against Yale. Video for single games can be purchased for $7, or fans can purchase a season-long hockey pass (all men's & women's games) for $75. Fans can also follow all Brown home games on livestats, available at http://livestats.prestosports.com/brown/

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).

Mike Clemente Named ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Goalie of the Week: In Brown's weekend sweep at Colgate and Cornell, Clemente posted 48 saves, a .923 save percentage, and a 2.00 GAA, while allowing only one even-strength goal. Clemente helped lead Brown to its first road sweep over the central-New York duo since 2/93, its first win over Cornell since 1/07, and its first  regular season road sweep since 1/05. He recorded 28 saves on Friday against the Raiders with 20 the next night against the Big Red.

This Date Historically Speaking: All time, Brown has played 18 total games on December 7th and has posted a 6-11-1 record. The Bears are 1-5-1 in home games played on December 7th and 4-5-0 in away games played on this date. The Bears are 1-1-0 in neutral site games on December 7th. Brown and Providence have never met on December 7th. The last time Brown played on 12/7 was in 2005 when the Bears dropped a 2-1 decision to Maine in a neutral site game played in Portland.  

Brown vs. Providence: Brown and Providence have met 89 times, with Providence leading the all-time series, 44-43-2, after winning three straight games. On March 1, 1927, Brown defeated the Friars, 3-1, at the Rhode Island Auditorium in the first meeting between the two schools, Rhode Island's only Division I hockey teams. The two teams had alternated wins for four seasons, until Providence claimed three straight victories with an 8-0 win in 2007-08 and a 4-3 win in each of the last two years. Brown's last win in the series came in 2006-07, when the Bears pulled out a 2-1 victory at Meehan Auditorium. Although the all-time series between the two programs is close, Providence holds a 14-8-2 lead in the Mayor's Cup series. There have only been five overtime games in the all-time series, with four of the five, and the only two ties, coming in Mayor's Cup games. Brown is 2-1-2 in overtime contests against the Friars.

Scouting Providence: The Friars are coming off a 5-0 loss to Maine, picking up one point on the weekend against the Black Bears with a 3-3 tie on Friday night. After opening the season with a 1-4-0 record in its first five games, Providence was 4-0-3 in its next seven, before dropping a 5-0 decision at Northeastern. Since the loss to the Huskies, Providence has gone 1-1-1 with a non-league win over Holy Cross on November 27th.   Senior Kyle MacKinnon currently leads Providence with 15 points (10g, 5a), including two power play goals, while senior Ian O'Connor has 13 points (3g, 10a) and sophomore Tim Schaller adds 10 (3g, 7a). 10 other players have scored at least one goal this season, while an additional six players have posted at least one point. Junior Alex Beaudry had seen the majority of time in net this year and has posted a 3.03 GAA and a .904 save percentage in 15 games (5-6-4). Junior Justin Gates has appeared in three games (1-0-0) and has a 2.29 GAA with a .922 save percentage.

Pictured: Jeff Buvinow '12. Photo by DSPics.net