Bears to Face Fifth-Seeded Quinnipiac in ECAC First Round Best-of-Three Series

Bears to Face Fifth-Seeded Quinnipiac in ECAC First Round Best-of-Three Series

This Weekend: The 12th-seeded Bears face 5th-seeded Quinnipiac in a best-of-three First Round series. It marks the seventh straight that year that Brown will play a First Round series on the road and the eighth consecutive season that Brown will play in the First Round, as the Bears' last top-four finish and subsequent bye came during the 2003-04 season. Brown and Quinnipiac also face each other for the second straight weekend, as the two teams met last Friday, and for the second straight year in the First Round, as the Bobcats swept Brown, 4-0 & 4-0, in last year's first round series in Hamden.  

These Dates Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 8-8-0 in games played on March 2nd, 2-11-1 in games played on March 3rd, and 7-9-0 in games played on March 4th. Brown has never faced Quinnipiac on 3/2 or 3/3 and is 0-1-0 against the Bobcats in games played on 3/4 after a 4-0 loss in game #1 of last year's first round series. The Bears have played five ECAC Playoff Games near these dates, falling at Quinnipiac in two games in 2011, falling at Princeton in three games in 2007, falling at St. Lawrence in three games in 2006, defeating RPI in two games in 2005, falling at RPI in two games in 1990, and falling at Boston University in one game in 1975.

All-Time in the ECAC First Round: Since the first season that the ECAC hosted a First Round of the playoffs (1989-90), Brown has played in the First Round 14 times. The Bears were 2-1 in single-elimination games between 1989-90 and 1996-97, while opening in the Quarterfinal Round in four of the five other seasons. The ECAC began a best-of-three format for the First Round beginning with the 1997-98 season. The Bears are 11-15-0 all-time in those games, winning the series four times (in 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2010). From 1961-62 to 1981-82, the ECAC playoffs began with four single-elimination Quarterfinal games. Brown was 4-7-0 in those games. From 1982-83 to 1988-89, the ECAC playoffs began with a best-of-three Quarterfinal series. Brown was 0-2-0 in those games.
Brown's All-Time First Round Results
1990    at Brown 7, Vermont 5
1991    Yale 2, at Brown 1
1996    at Brown 4, Princeton 3
1998    Princeton 3, at Brown 2
           at Brown 6, Princeton 0
           Princeton 5, at Brown 3
1999    at Clarkson 3, Brown 2 (ot)
           at Clarkson 3, Brown 1
2002    at Harvard 4, Brown 1
           at Harvard 2, Brown 1 (2ot)
2003    at Brown 2, Princeton 1
           at Brown 3, Princeton 1
2005    at Brown 7, RPI 4          
           at Brown 4, RPI 3 (ot)
2006    at SLU 3, Brown 2 (ot)
           Brown 3, at SLU 2
           at SLU 5, Brown 4 (ot)
2007    Brown 4, at Princeton 3 (ot)
           at Princeton 2, Brown 1 (ot)
           at Princeton 4, Brown 3       
2008    at Quinnipiac 7, Brown 6 (ot)       
           at Quinnipiac 7, Brown 1    
2009    Brown 1, at Harvard 0            
           Brown 2, at Harvard 0
2010    Brown 3, at Rensselaer 1
           at Rensselaer 6, Brown 3
           Brown 3, at Rensselaer 2
2011    at Quinnipiac 4, Brown 0
           at Quinnipiac 4, Brown 0

Last Time Out: In the final weekend of the regular season, the Bears dropped a 4-1 decision at Quinnipiac on Friday night and then played Princeton to a 2-2 tie on Saturday. Against the Bobcats, sophomore Garnet Hathaway scored a second-period power play goal to get Brown on the board, before Quinnipiac tied the game four-and-a-half minutes later. With the score still tied, 1-1, midway through the third, Brown got into penalty trouble and Quinnipiac converted two five-on-three chances 59 seconds apart to take a 3-1 lead. A late power play goal accounted for the 4-1 final. The next night against Princeton, Brown held a 2-0 lead with 2:22 left to play after a second-period goal by freshman Ryan Jacobson and a third-period power play goal by junior Chris Zaires. However, the Tigers scored twice with the extra attacker to tie the game and force overtime. No player had more than one point over the weekend, as freshman Massimo Lamacchia and junior Richie Crowley had assists against Quinnipiac, while senior Bobby Farnham, sophomore Dennis Robertson, and freshman Matt Harlow earned assists against Princeton. Sophomore Marco De Filippo recorded a career-high 44 saves in the loss to Quinnipiac, while senior Mike Clemente made 26 saves in the tie with Princeton.

Brown vs. Quinnipiac: Brown and Quinnipiac met four times in 2010-11, playing to a pair of ties during the regular season (3-3 in Providence & 2-2 in Hamden), before the Bobcats posted a pair of 4-0 wins in the first round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs. The two teams will meet at least four times for the second striaght year, as they will face off in the ECAC Hockey First Round for the second year in a row this weekend.  Quinnipiac improved to 11-4-3 all-time against the Bears after earning three points during the regular season with a 2-2 tie in Providence and a 4-1 victory last weekend in Hamden. Prior to the pair of ties last season, the two teams had split the regular season series in each of the previous two seasons. Sophomore Dennis Robertson is Brown's statistical leader against Quinnipiac with three goals in six games, while senior Jack Maclellan (1g, 2a, 6 games) and junior Chris Zaires (3a, 8 games) also have three career points against the Bobcats.

Brown vs. Quinnipiac in the Playoffs: The Bears have played Quinnipiac two times in the ECAC Playoffs, during the 2008 First Round and again in the 2011 First Round. The Bobcats have hosted both series and have swept the weekend both times. In 2008, 6th-seeded Quinnipiac posted a 7-6 (ot) win in game #1 and a 7-1 win in game #2 to sweep the 11th-seeded Bears. In game #1, Brown led, 1-0, after one period, but Quinnipiac exploded for six goals in the second period to grab a 6-3 lead after 40 minutes. Brown forced overtime by scoring three times in the final seven minutes of the third, including the tying goal with 5.4 seconds left in regulation. The Bobcats scored the winning goal 11:58 into overtime. In game two, the Bobcats again rode a big second period to the win, snapping a 1-1 first-period tie with four goals in the second and two more in the third for the 7-1 win. Last season, the Bobcats scored 15 seconds into game #1 and never looked back, adding three more goals in the opening 40 minutes to post the 4-0 win. In game #2, the two teams were  scoreless through the first period, but a Quinnipiac power play goal 35 seconds into the second period would stand as the game-winner in another 4-0 shutout.           
Scouting Quinnipiac: The Bobcats finished the regular-season with a 17-11-6 record after picking up three points last weekend against Brown (W, 4-1) and Yale (T, 2-2). Quinnipiac and Colgate finished tied for fourth in the standings, but the Raiders earned the last bye due to holding the tiebreaker. Quinnipiac is led by sophomore Connor Jones, who has 35 points (9g, 26a) in 31 games, including a team-high 26 assists. Sophomore Kellen Jones (12g, 18a) and freshman Matthew Peca (7g, 23a) are tied for second on the team with 30 points in 30 and 33 games, respectively.  Junior Jeremy Langlois (16g, 9a) has also reached the 20-point milestone, and ranks fourth on the team with 25 points and leads the team with 16 goals. Langlois shares the team lead with juniors Zack Currie and Loren Barron with six power play goals each, while Kellen Jones, Barron, and Currie share the team lead with three game-winning goals. Junior Eric Hartzell has played the majority of time in net for Quinnipiac and has earned a 2.15 GAA with an .912 save percentage in 24 games (9-8-6). Senior Dan Clarke has appeared in 13 games (8-3-0) and has a 2.37 GAA and a .895 save percentage.