Bears Set to Take on #1 Yale in Home-and-Home
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This Weekend: With the non-league portion of the schedule now complete, Brown is in the midst of 16 straight ECAC Hockey contests and has the tough task of facing the nation's top-ranked team twice this weekend in a home-and-home series with its travel partner, Yale. Saturday's game in New Haven will mark the fifth straight game away from Meehan Auditorium, while Sunday's game in Providence is Brown's first at home in over a month, dating back to a 4-4 tie with Providence on December 7th. Brown has not faced a #1 team in the country since facing North Dakota, when it was ranked #1 by USCHO and #2 by USA Today, on December 27th, 2002 (a 5-2 loss). Since USCHO began ranking teams in 1998, Brown has never hosted the #1 team, though the Bears have hosted games against teams ranked #2 in the nation at the time of the game, most recently a 2-2 tie with Cornell on February 14, 2003. Brown's recent results against teams ranked among the nation's top three include:
1/24/09 at #3 Cornell L, 1-5
3/21/03 vs. #2 Cornell L, 0-2
2/14/03 #2 CORNELL T, 2-2
12/27/02 at #1 North Dakota L, 2-5
1/18/02 #2 ST. CLOUD W, 4-1
11/20/99 at #2 Maine L, 0-3
Last Time Out: The Bears split a pair of games for the 2nd straight weekend, defeating Harvard, 4-3, on Friday, before losing to Dartmouth, 3-1, on Saturday. In the win over the Crimson, Brown held a 2-0 lead on goals by sophomore Chris Zaires and junior Bobby Farnham in a span of just 35 seconds during the 2nd period. After a natural hat trick by Harvard's Michael Biega gave the Crimson a 3-2 lead, freshman Garnet Hathaway tied the score on a delayed penalty at 7:11 of the third and then senior Harry Zolnierczyk connected on the power play 19 seconds later for the win. The next night against Dartmouth, junior Jeff Buvinow tied the score at 1-1 midway through the 2nd period, but a four-on-three power play for Dartmouth in the 37th minute would break the tie and the Big Green would add another goal in the third for the 3-1 win. Freshman Marco De Filippo started in net both nights, his first back-to-back starts of the season, and recorded 32 saves each night. Junior Jack Maclellan posted one assist each night to continue his consecutive games point scoring streak, which stands at nine games entering Saturday's game at Yale.
These Dates Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 6-7-0 in games played on January 15th and 5-8-1 in games played on January 16th. The Bears are 1-4-0 in away games and 5-3-0 in home games on the 15th. On January 16th, Brown is 3-1-1 in home games and 2-7-0 in away games. In addition, Brown is 0-3-0 against Yale in games played on January 16th, falling 8-5 in 2010, 3-2 (ot) in 1954, and 10-1 in 1929. The two teams have never met on January 15th.
Brown vs. Yale: Yale leads the all-time series with Brown, which dates back to the 1897-1898 season, by an 89-71-8 margin, including winning 13 of the last 15 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. This season, Brown is one of just three teams to score at least four goals against Yale, as Air Force earned a 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs and Colgate notched four in a 6-4 loss to Yale. Juniors Jack Maclellan (3g, 7a) and Jeff Buvinow (2g, 8a) are Brown's statistical leaders against the Bulldogs with 10 points in 10 and 11 career games, respectively. Senior Harry Zolnierczyk (13 games) adds 9 career points (4g, 5a).
Scouting Yale: Ranked #1 in the country, the Bulldogs enter Saturday afternoon's game riding a 10-game winning streak, while outscoring their opponents 48-18 during this time. Last weekend, Yale claimed a pair of wins at Dartmouth (2-1) and Harvard (4-2) to improve to 8-0-0 in the ECAC, as its only blemish is a 4-3 loss to Air Force on November 14th. Senior Broc Little leads the team in scoring with 24 points, split evenly between goals and assists, while senior Denny Kearney (8g, 14a) and sophomore Andrew Miller (4g, 18a) both have 22 points on the season. Little and senior Chris Cahill share the team lead with four power play goals, while Miller leads the team in both assists and game-winning goals (3). In addition to the top three scorers, four other players - junior Brian O'Neill (8-13-21), Cahill (9-9-18), junior Chad Ziegler (6-4-10) and freshman Kenny Agostino (5-5-10) - have already reached double digits in scoring, while 16 other players have posted at least one point. Senior Ryan Rondeau has seen the bulk of time in net, playing in 13 games (758:43) and posting a 1.74 GAA and a .936 save percentage to go along with a 13-0-0 record. Sophomore Jeff Malcolm has been the goalie of record twice (1-1-0) and has a 4.02 GAA and an .837 save percentage.
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.
Maclellan for Hobey: Junior assistant captain Jack Maclellan, who leads the Bears in scoring with 25 points (11g, 14a) in 15 games, is among the nominees for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Maclellan, who has posted at least one point in 14 of Brown's 15 games, enters the Yale weekend ranked 2nd in the nation with 1.67 points per game, 6th nationally with 0.73 goals per game, 9th nationally with 0.93 assists per game, and 2nd in the nation with two short-handed goals. An Assistant Captain this year, Maclellan has 65 career points (28g, 37a) in 81 games. Fans can vote for their choice once every 24 hours and as many times as they like at www.hobeybakeraward.com. When online voting closes, the votes are tabulated and the results carry a weight in the final selection process of the Hobey finalists and winner.
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 Sunday's Yale game, and the Harvard game on February 2nd. 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).