This Weekend: After playing five straight home games, the Bears hit the road for the first time in a month when they travel to New Haven on Saturday to face Yale in a 7:00 p.m. ECAC Hockey contest, Brown's first game away from Meehan Auditorium since November 3rd. The game is also the Bears' first ECAC Hockey action since hosting Clarkson on November 10th, as they have played three consecutive non-league games entering Saturday's match-up. Fans can follow all the action on livestats and live audio, with Mike Rubin '00 on play-by-play. In the Providence area, the game will be broadcast on AM 790.
Coming Up: Brown returns home next weekend to host ECAC rivals Union and RPI in its final games of the first semester. The Bears welcome Union on Friday at 7:00 and then close out the first half of the season against Rensselaer on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Last Weekend: It was a tale of two teams last weekend, as the Bears fell to cross-town rival Providence College, 7-0, in the 27th annual Mayor's Cup battle on Saturday, before returning to the ice the next day with a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Holy Cross. In Saturday's loss to the Friars, junior Marco De Filippo stopped 32 shots in 58:08, before giving way to junior walk-on Joe Mello, who recorded one save in relief. In Sunday's win over the Crusaders, Brown was led by its top line of junior Garnet Hathaway and sophomores Matt Lorito and Ryan Jacobson, who had 18 pf the Bears' 54 shots, while combining for Brown's first two goals. Jacobson set-up Hathaway early in the second period for his first goal of the season, while Hathaway set up Lorito for his team-leading seventh goal of the year at 15:36 of the second, tying the score at 2-2. Freshman Mark Naclerio scored the game-winning goal, his first career goal, with 7:09 left in regulation and the Bears held on for the win. Senior Anthony Borelli, making his first start of the season, stopped 21 shots to record his first career victory.
Brown vs. Yale: Yale leads the all-time series with Brown, which dates back to the 1897-1898 season, by a 90-73-8 margin, including winning 14 of the last 18 games between the two programs. In fact, dating back to December 9, 2006, the Bulldogs had won 11 straight contests, a streak that was snapped in March 2010 when Brown earned a 3-2 win in game #1 of the ECAC Quarterfinal series. The Bears would go on to claim the series with a 1-0 victory in game #3. Since that series, the two teams have played some spirited games. For the past two seasons, the teams have split the regular-season series with each team winning in its home rink. Senior Chris Zaires is Brown's statistical leader against the Bulldogs with 1-5-6 numbers in 10 career games, while junior Dennis Robertson adds 2-3-5 totals in five career games.
Scouting Yale: The Bulldogs are coming off enter the weekend riding a three-game winning streak, during which they defeated St. Lawrence, 4-2, at home, before picking up a pair of overtime wins in the Rocky Mountain State last weekend; 2-1 over Denver and 6-5 over Colorado College. Yale is 4-1-0 in its last five games with a 1-0 loss to Clarkson on November 9th the only blemish. Junior Kenny Agostino leads the team in scoring with 11 points (5g, 6a), while senior Antoine Laganiere is second with 10 points (6g, 4a). Junior Jesse Root (4g, 3a) and senior Andrew Miller (3g, 4a) are both tied for third on the team with seven points, while junior Clinton Bourbonais rounds out the top five scorers with six points, all assists. Miller leads the team with two power play goals, while five different players have each scored one game-winning goal this year. Senior Jeff Malcolm has seen the majority of time in net, playing six games (336:12), and earning a 2.14 GAA with a .932 save percentage. Senior Nick Maricic has appeared in three games (154:44) and has a 3.49 GAA with a .870 save percentage.
Pictured: Ryan Jacobson '15 had two assists in Brown's win over Holy Cross on Sunday.