November 19, 2011

Bears Begin Three-Game Non-League Stretch Saturday at Army

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This Weekend:
After two straight weekends with ECAC Hockey games, Brown opens a three-game non-league stretch Saturday night at Army, its only game of the weekend. Saturday's game at Army will pit the former ECAC rivals against each other with a pair of Brown alumni facing each other as head coaches of their respective teams with Whittet facing off against Army's Brian Riley, a 1983 Brown alum. Following Saturday's game against the Black Knights, the Bears have a quick turn around for their next game, hosting AIC on Tuesday, November 22nd, before they close out the three-game swing at Holy Cross on November 26th. Brown's next ECAC Hockey contest is December 1st at Yale, as the Bears close out the fall semester on December 3rd at home against Yale.

This Date Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 2-5-0 in games played on November 19th, including a 1-4-0 record in away games after last year's 5-2 victory at Colgate. 

Last Time Out: The Bears posted their third straight weekend split, defeating #9 Union, 2-1, and dropping a 1-0 decision at RPI. Senior leading scorer Jack Maclellan scored both goals against the Dutchmen, tying the game at 16:02 of the first and adding the game-winner 3:55 later on the power play. Seniors Bobby Farnham and Mike Wolff assisted the first goal, while sophomores Dennis Robertson and Matt Wahl assisted the second goal. Senior Mike Clemente recorded 24 saves in the win over Union and 22 the next night at RPI, allowing a second-period power play goal to the Engineers. 

Brown vs. Army: Brown and Army have met 43 times dating back to 1933-34, but have played each other only once (in 2007-08) since the 1990-91 season. The Bears lead the all-time series by a 24-17-2 margin with the two ties coming at Army on January 9, 1988 and at the UConn Hockey Classic on December 30, 2007. The two teams split the series in 90-91 with Brown earning a 5-3 victory on January 4th and Army earning a 3-2 win in overtime on February 22nd, Army's last season in the ECAC.

Current Bears versus the Black Knights: Brown has never faced Army with any member of the current team. The last meeting between the two schools was during the 2007-08 season, the year before the current seniors enrolled at Brown.

Scouting Army: Army, which plays at AIC on Friday night, posted its first win of the season last weekend at Sacred Heart and enters the weekend 1-5-2 overall and 1-3-1 in league games after losing to Bentley 4-1. Andy Starczewski leads the team in goals with four and shares the team points lead with Zak Zaremba, who has two goals and three assists. Marcel Alvarez has a team-best four assists while Mike Henderson (two goals, one assist), Mike Hull (two assists, one goal) and Danny Colvin (three assists) all have three points. Ryan Leets has started six games in goal and owns a 3.51 goals against average and .901 save percentage while Rob Tadazak has a 4.22 goals against average and .890 save percentage in three games.

Pictured: Matt Wahl '14. Photo by DSPics.net.