February 3, 2012

Bears Return Home to Host Clarkson & St. Lawrence

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This Weekend:
In the midst of a stretch of 16 straight ECAC Hockey contests in which Brown will alternate home and away weekends, the Bears return home to host Clarkson and St. Lawrence in a pair of critical games. The weekend series marks second time that the teams will face each other, as Brown earned three points against the North Country duo three weeks ago with a 2-2 tie at Clarkson and a 4-1 win at St. Lawrence. These games are critical for all involved, as Brown (in 9th place) is just three points behind 5th-place Clarkson and just three points ahead of 11th place St. Lawrence.

These Dates Historically Speaking:
All-time, Brown is 9-11-1 in games played on February 3rd, including a 6-3-1 record in home games and a 5-3-1 record in games played at Meehan Auditorium. Brown and Clarkson have never met on February 3rd. All-time, Brown is 4-10-2 in games played on February 4th, including a 3-6-2 record in home games and a 2-4-2 record in games played at Meehan Auditorium. Brown and St. Lawrence have never met on February 4th.
 
Last Time Out: The Bears were swept in weekend games at Dartmouth (6-2) and Harvard (3-1), falling from sixth place to ninth in the ECAC standings. On Friday against the Big Green, Dartmouth stormed out to a 3-0 first-period lead, before junior Chris Zaires cut the Bears' deficit to 3-1 early in the second period. Dartmouth would respond just 30 seconds later to grab a 4-1 lead, but senior Jack Maclellan's team-leading 10th goal of the year made it a two-goal game before the final period. The Big Green converted a late power play and then added an empty net goal for the 6-2 final. The next night against Harvard, Brown held a 1-0 lead after senior Jarred Smith's goal in the second period. However, three third-period goals (one empty net) by the Crimson would give Harvard the win. Sophomore Marco De Filippo posted 7 saves on 10 shots against Dartmouth, before giving way to senior Mike Clemente, who made 24 saves on 26 shots in relief. Clemente recorded 19 saves on 21 shots the next night at Harvard.

Brown vs. Clarkson:
Brown and Clarkson have met 79 times, with the Golden Knights leading the all-time series, 57-15-7, including sweeping the season series a year ago. Brown won the first meeting, 6-5, in a neutral site game played at St. Lawrence on 12/20/52. Clarkson
dominated Brown in the early part of the series, winning 13 straight games from 1981-1987 and going 21-0-5 from 3/7/92-11/30/01. Since the 2001 game, Brown has found some success, earning a 7-11-2 record, including sweeping the series (for the first time since 2004-05) with a pair of 3-2 wins in 2009-10, as the first win that year snapped a 7-game Clarkson winning streak. Senior Jeff Buvinow is Brown's statistical leader against the Golden Knights with four points (2g, 2a) in seven career games, while classmates Bobby Farnham and Jack Maclellan each add 1-2-3 totals in seven career games. Junior Richie Crowley has three assists in four career games.

Scouting Clarkson: The Golden Knights are currently 12-11-5 overall and 6-5-3 in ECAC Hockey and are coming off a weekend split at Union (L, 5-2) and RPI (W, 3-2). Clarkson is led by senior Louke Oakley, who has 26 points (11g, 15a) in 26 games, while senior Nick Tremblay adds 25 points (13g, 12a) in 26 games. Sophomore Ben Sexton leads the team with five power play goals, while Oakley and sophomore Allan McPherson lead the team with three game-winning goals each. Senior Paul Karpowich has seen the majority of time in net this year and has a 2.21 GAA with a .928 save percentage in 26 games (12-9-5).

Brown vs. St. Lawrence:
Brown and St. Lawrence have met 74 times, with the Saints leading the all-time series, 38-27-9. St. Lawrence won the very first meeting, 6-3, on 12/19/52. In the early part of the series, St. Lawrence dominated Brown, winning eight straight games from 1981-1985 and going 10-0-2 from 2/13/87-1/9/93. Since the 1993 game, Brown has earned a 21-13-7 record, including a 13-8-4 record since the 2001-2002 season. In addition, combined with Brown's win three weeks ago, the Bears have earned at least one point against the Saints in each of the past 20 seasons, winning at least one game in 15 of the past 20 years, including a pair of wins (2-1 & 5-1) last season. Junior Chris Zaires (3g, 3a) and senior Jack Maclellan (2g, 4a) are Brown's statistical leaders against the Saints with 6 points in six and eight career games, respectively.

Scouting St. Lawrence: The Saints enter the Yale-Brown weekend with an 8-15-3 overall record and a 4-9-1 mark in the ECAC. St. Lawrence is winless (0-5-1) in its last six games, dating back to a 4-3 victory over Minnesota State to open the 2012 calendar year on January 6th. Last weekend, St. Lawrence was swept on the road by RPI (L, 4-0) and Union (L, 6-0). The Saints are led by junior Kyle Flanagan, who has 26 points (10g, 16a) in 18 games, while sophomore Greg Carey adds 21 points (7g, 14a) in 26 games. Flanagan also leads the team with seven power play goals, while freshmen Patrick Doherty and Gunnar Hughes lead the team with two game-winning goals each. Sophomore Matt Weninger has seen the majority of the time in net and has posted a 3.18 GAA and a .896 save percentage in 22 games (7-12-3).