November 17, 2012

Bears Take a Break from ECAC Hockey Action; Host Army in Military Appreciation Day Saturday at 7:00

This Weekend: After playing four straight ECAC Hockey contests, the Bears take a break from League play to host three consecutive non-league games. Army kicks off the stretch this Saturday as Brown hosts the Black Knights in its Military Appreciation Game. Any veteran who purchases a ticket for the Bears' football game against Columbia will receive free admission to the contest. There will also be a ceremonial puck drop at the hockey game by a family whose father/husband is currently deployed overseas. 

Promotions This Weekend: Admission for Saturday's game against Army will be complimentary for any active/retired Veteran who also attends Brown's football game against Columbia earlier that day. The men's hockey team will also continue to host Chuck-A-Puck during its remaining three November games with proceeds benefiting the Movember Foundation. 

Coming Up: In the midst of a five-game homestand and a three-game non-league stretch, the Bears continue non-league action the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving when they welcome cross-town rival Providence College and Holy Cross to Meehan. Brown looks to defend its Mayor's Cup Championship when it hosts the Friars on November 24th. Brown closes out the five-game homestand when it faces the Crusaders on Sunday, November 25th. Both games begin at 4:00 p.m.

Last Time Out: Brown picked up a pair of points in ECAC Hockey games against St. Lawrence and Clarkson last weekend, playing the North Country duo to a pair of 3-3 ties. On Friday against the Saints, Brown came back from a 3-0 deficit to earn the point. Sophomore Taki Pantziris started the comeback with his first career goal with 47 seconds remaining in the second period.  Classmate Matt Lorito brought the Bears to within 3-2 with his third goal of the year just 3:12 into the third period and then freshman Nick Lappin's second goal of the season tied the game at the 5:44 mark. Lappin's goal was also Brown's first power play marker of the season. The Bears nearly came back to win the game in overtime, but junior Dennis Robertson's apparent game-winner was disallowed upon review due to a Brown player interfering with St. Lawrence goalie Matt Weninger. Both Lorito and Lappin finished the game with a goal and an assist. Junior Marco De Filippo made nine saves in 35:30, while senior Anthony Borelli recorded eight saves in 29:15 to earn the tie. For Borelli, it was his first game action in over a year. The next night against Clarkson, the two teams traded goals until junior Michael Juola's second of the afternoon gave Brown a 3-2 lead at 7:19 of the second period. The Golden Knights would tie the score just 55 seconds later, which is how it would remain through the  rest of the game.  Juola led the Bears with a career-high two goals, while sophomore Ryan Jacobson also scored.  De Filippo earned the tie with a career-high 45 saves.    

Brown vs. Army: Brown and Army have met 44 times dating back to 1933-34, but have played each other only twice (2007-08 & 2011-12) since the 1990-91 season. The Bears lead the all-time series by a 24-17-3 margin with two  of the three ties coming in the most recent two meetings, including a 1-1 tie in West Point last season. The two teams split the series in 1990-91 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.

Scouting Army: The Black Knights enter Saturday's game following a Friday night home contest against Atlantic Hockey rival Sacred Heart. Entering the weekend, Army had lost two straight, falling to Niagara, 5-0 and 4-1, in a weekend series at home. Army's last win was a 7-2 victory at Holy Cross on October 27th. After opening the year with a pair of losses to Nebraska-Omaha (5-1) and Maine (4-3), Army picked up three points in a home-and-home with Sacred Heart, winning, 5-2, at home, and tying the Pioneers, 4-4, on the road. A 5-0 loss to Penn State followed the tie and was a night before the win over Holy Cross. Army is led by Andy Starczewski, who has 11 points (4g, 7a), while Joe Kozlak adds 6 points (2g, 4a) and Thane Heller (3g, 2a) and Zak Zaremba (2g, 3a) both have five points. 7 other players have scored at least one goal, while an additional 4 have earned at least one point. Rob Tadazak has seen the majority of time in net, playing six games (319:50) and earning a 3.56 GAA with a .890 save percentage. Ryan Leets had played in four games (163:46) and has a 4.40 GAA with a .889 save percentage.