PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown senior captain Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) has been named the ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Player of the Week for the week ending January 16th. Zolnierczyk helped to lead the Bears to a home-and-home split with #1 Yale, as the Bears fell to the top-ranked Bulldogs, 5-2, in New Haven, before earning a 3-2 come-from-behind win in Providence. Sunday's win marked Brown's first modern era win over a team ranked #1 in the country, as the Bears' snapped Yale's 10-game winning streak and handed the Bulldogs their first ECAC loss of the year.
For the weekend, Zolnierczyk led Brown with four points (2g, 2a) on five shots, while finishing with a +3 rating. He scored one goal in each game and added a pair of assists in the victory as well, playing a part in each of the Bears' three goals. On Saturday, Zolnierczyk's 10th goal of the season, a short-handed breakaway, tied the score at 2-2 heading into the final period of play. The next day, Zolnierczyk earned the primary assist on the first two goals for the Bears, tying the score at 1-1 and then 2-2. Having just killed a Yale power play and with time winding down in the game, Zolnierzyk out-raced two Yale defenders to a puck in the neutral zone and, on a great individual effort, beat Ryan Rondeau with a back-hander on a breakaway for his 11th goal of the season. He also blocked a game-high four shots in the win, which was Brown's first home victory of the season.
Zolnierczyk currently ranks second on the team with 23 points, 11 goals, and 12 assists. He leads the team with four power play goals, three game-winning goals, and two short-handed goals. The Bears return to the ice this weekend when they host St. Lawrence and Clarkson in a pair of crucial ECAC Hockey contests. The St. Lawrence game is Friday at 7:00, while the Clarkson game is scheduled for 4:00 on Saturday.
Pictured: Harry Zolnierczyk '11. Photo by DSPics.net.