January 7, 2011

Bears Begin 16-Game ECAC Hockey Stretch This Weekend at Harvard and Dartmouth

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This Weekend:
Having completed the non-league portion of their schedule with a 2-2-3 record, the Bears begin the final stretch of 16 straight ECAC Hockey games this weekend at Harvard and at Dartmouth. The games mark the first meeting for Brown against its New England foes, who have already played nine and eight ECAC Hockey contests, respectively, to Brown's six. The Bears are in search of their first league win since posting a weekend sweep of Colgate (5-2) and Cornell (3-2) the weekend of November 19-20.  

Last Time Out: Playing in their first Tournament Championship game since the UConn Hockey Classic in December, 2004, the Bears dropped a 7-3 decision to Minnesota State in the Shillelagh Tournament Sunday afternoon. The Bears advanced to the Championship Game by virtue of a 6-1 win over #10 Boston University, on the strength of 41 saves by junior Mike Clemente and a goal and an assist from five different players (David Brownschidle '11, Bobby Farnham '12, Jack Maclellan '12, Chris Zaires '13, and Harry Zolnierczyk '11). Maclellan also scored in the Championship Game to stretch his point scoring streak to seven games and his goal scoring streak to six games, while Zolnierczyk notched two assists against the Mavericks to stretch his point scoring streak to three games. Freshmen Jake Goldberg and Garnet Hathaway both scored the first goals of their careers in Sunday's Championship Game, while Maclellan and freshman defenseman Matt Wahl, who also stretched his point scoring streak to three games with an assist in each game, were named to the All-Tournament Team.

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, five away games will be shown live via America One, including Brown's game at RPI later this month. Free audio for all home games and select away games will also be available. In addition to Brown's normal audio broadcasts on Brownbears.com, six other games will also be broadcast on WPRV AM-790, including Friday's Harvard game, and home games against both Yale and Harvard. 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.

Jack Maclellan and Matt Wahl Earn All-Tournament Honors: Following Brown's second place finish at Notre Dame's Shillelagh Tournament (6-1 win over #10 Boston University; 7-3 loss to Minnesota State), junior Jack Maclellan (2g, 1a) and freshman Matt Wahl (2a) were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

These Dates Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 7-12-2 on January 7th, including an 0-2-0 in games played against Harvard. Brown is 5-4-1 in home games and 2-7-1 in away games with an 0-1-0 record in games played at a neutral site. The two Brown-Harvard games were played in 1970 (at Brown) and 1978 (at Harvard). Brown is 4-9-2 in games played on January 8th, including a 9-4 loss at Dartmouth last year on January 8th. The Bears are 0-4-1 in away games and 4-5-1 in home games played on this date.

Brown vs. Harvard: Brown and Harvard have met 156 times, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 103-41-12. Brown won the very first meeting between the two schools in the oldest active collegiate hockey rivalry, winning 6-0, in 1898 on a flooded baseball field in Dorchester, MA. Brown is 5-2-3 in the past 10 meetings, including a 3-1-2 record in the last six meetings. Harvard snapped a five game winless streak against the Bears, dating back to 2/23/08, when it claimed a 5-2 win in Providence last February. The Bears have earned at least one point against the Crimson in each of the last four seasons with Harvard's last sweep coming during the 2005-06 campaign. Four different players have posted three career points against Harvard with junior Jeff Buvinow leading the way (3 goals in six games). Junior Jarred Smith (6 games) and senior Harry Zolnierczyk (7 games) both have one goal and two assists, while senior Jeremy Russell (8 games) adds three assists. In all, nine of Brown's 15 returning skaters have posted at least one career point against Harvard.  
 
Scouting Harvard: The Crimson enter Friday night's contest against Brown following a 3-1 loss at Vermont in the Championship Game of the Catamount Cup. Harvard advanced to the Title game with a 4-2 victory over Army, its first win in 8 games, dating back to a 4-2 win over St. Lawrence on November 12th. Harvard is tied for 10th in the ECAC, one spot behind Brown, with a 2-7-0 record. Junior Alex Killorn leads the Crimson with 10 points (6g, 4a) in 12 games, including a team-high two power play goals and three game-winning goals. Senior Michael Biega is second on the team with 7 points (2g, 5a), while junior Eric Kroshus (3g, 3a) and sophomore Danny Biega (1g, 5a) both have six points. Senior Kyle Richter has seen the majority of time in net this year and has posted a 2.49 GAA and a .919 save percentage in 11 games (3-7-0). Classmate Ryan Carroll has a 4.87 GAA and a .889 save percentage in three games (0-2-0), while freshman Raphael Girard has also seen time in net.

Brown vs. Dartmouth: This weekend will 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 2009-10 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 against the Bears 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 Big Green went 1-0-1 in their own tournament, tying Mercyhurst, 4-4, in their first game, before earning a 4-3 overtime victory over Colgate in the third place contest. Seniors Adam Estoclet, Scott Fleming, and Matt Reber led Dartmouth over the weekend, as Estoclet has 2-2-4 totals, Fleming posted 2-3-5 totals, and Reber earned 2-4-6 numbers in the two games. Senior Joe Stejskal was the hero in the Colgate win, scoring the game-winner 2:37 into overtime. Fleming leads six different players in double digits in scoring with 15 points (6g, 9a) in 13 games, while freshman Matt Lindblad has 14 points (6g, 8a), including a team-high four power play goals, in 13 games. Reber adds 13 points (3g, 10a), juniors Nick Walsh (7g, 5a) and Doug Jones (1g, 11a) both have 12 points, while Estoclet adds 11 (6g, 5a). Junior James Mello has seen the majority of time in net this season and has posted a 1.93 GAA to go along with a .935 save percentage in nine games (5-1-2). Junior Jody O'Neill has appeared in four games (2-2-0) and has earned a 3.60 GAA and a .863 save percentage, while freshman Cab Morris has also seen time.

Pictured: Bobby Farnham '12. Photo by DSPics.net.