February 10, 2012

Bears to Face #13 Cornell and Colgate in Road Series

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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 to the road for a pair of games at #13 Cornell and Colgate. The weekend series marks second time that the teams will face each other, but the first since November, as Brown opened its 2011-12 ECAC Hockey slate against the central New York duo. Brown will look to snap a four-game skid and climb back into the thick of the ECAC standings with just six regular season games remaining.

Last Time Out: The Bears were swept for the second consecutive weekend, falling in a home series to Clarkson (3-1) and St. Lawrence (5-3). On Friday against the Golden Knights, Clarkson raced out to a 3-0 lead by the sixth minute of the second period, before a power play goal by senior Jack Maclellan got Brown on the board late in the second period. However, the three-goal deficit proved to be too much, as the Bears could not get another goal past Paul Karpowich, despite outshooting Clarkson, 32-8, over the final 40 minutes. The next night against St. Lawrence, Brown scored three goals in a span of 2:08 late in the first period, all on a major penalty against the Saints, to grab a 3-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. However, St. Lawrence would tie the game with a three-goal second period and then add two more in the final 20 minutes to take a 5-3 decision. Maclellan scored his team-leading 12th and 13th goals, while freshman Ryan Jacobson scored his 9th of the year. Senior Mike Clemente recorded 17 saves against Clarkson and 28 against St. Lawrence.  

Brown vs. Cornell: Cornell leads the all-time series with Brown, which began with an 8-2 Brown win on February 21, 1959, by a 68-42-5 margin. The Big Red had earned a season sweep over the Bears in three straight seasons, but Brown reversed the trend by earning a season sweep of the Big Red last year with a pair of 3-2 wins. The victory in Ithaca snapped Cornell's seven-game winning streak over the Bears and marked Brown's first win since posting a 5-2 victory on 1/20/2007. The season sweep marked the first sweep of Cornell for Brown since the 1994-95 season and was Brown's best season against Cornell since 2003-2004, when the Bears earned three points against the Big Red. The Bears stretched their winning streak against Cornell to three games with a 5-4 win in Providence earlier this season. Sophomore Dennis Robertson leads all Brown players with five career points, all assists, in three career games. Senior Jarred Smith adds 1-3-4 numbers in eight career games. 

Scouting Cornell: The Big Red are currently 11-6-6 overall and 8-3-5 in ECAC Hockey and are coming off a pair of ties at RPI (2-2) and Union (4-4). The tied stretched Cornell's winless streak to five games (0-2-3), as its last win was a 4-3 overtime victory over Dartmouth on January 20th. Cornell is led by junior Greg Miller, who has 20 points (9g, 11a) in 23 games, while junior Nick D'Agostino and freshman Brian Ferlin both have 19 points (8g, 11a) in 23 games. D'Agostino also leads the team with six power play goals and five game-winning goals. Sophomore Andy Iles has played every minute (except 4:51 empty net) in goal this season and has a 2.17 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

Brown vs. Colgate: Saturday night's game between the Raiders and the Bears marks the 76th meeting between the two teams in a series that began on March 8, 1935, a 1-0 Brown victory. Colgate leads the all-time series, 50-20-5. However, Brown has gone 4-4-3 in its last 11 games against the Raiders, including a season sweep last year with a 5-2 win in Hamilton and a 6-4 win in Providence. Colgate halted Brown's winning streak at two games with a 5-3 victory in Providence earlier this season. Last year's sweep was Brown's first season sweep against the Raiders since the 1992-1993 season and the pair of wins was  Brown's best season since earning three points in 2008-09. Senior Jack Maclellan leads all Brown players against Colgate with eight points (2g, 6a) in six career games, while junior Chris Zaires has 1-5-6 numbers in five career games.

Scouting Colgate: The Raiders enter the Yale-Brown weekend with a 15-10-3 overall record and a 9-6-1 mark in the ECAC. Colgate has gone 3-1-0 in its last four games, sweeping Cornell in a home-and-home series January 27-28 and splitting with Union (L, 3-1) and RPI (W, 8-3) on the road last weekend. The recent four-game stretch followed a six-game skid, during which Colgate was 0-5-1 from January 6-21. The Raiders are led by senior Austin Smith, who has 45 points (30g, 15a) in 28 games, while sophomore Chris Wagner adds 36 points (10g, 26a) in 27 games. Smith also leads the team with five power play goals (tied with junior Robbie Bourdon), six short-handed goals, and five game-winning goals. Sophomore Erik Mihalik has seen the majority of the time in net and has posted a 2.81 GAA and a .897 save percentage in 20 games (10-8-2). Senior Alex Evin has appeared in eight games and has a 2.10 GAA and a .927 save percentage with a 5-2-1 record.