Men's Hockey Welcomes #2 Quinnipiac and Princeton to Meehan This Weekend
This Weekend: Coming off its fourth weekend split in a row, after falling to Colgate (2-1) and defeating #18 Cornell (3-0), the Bears return home this weekend to host #2 Quinnipiac and Princeton, opening a three-game homestand, which will also feature a game against Yale next Saturday. Quinnipiac and Princeton are the only remaining ECAC Hockey opponents that Brown has yet to face in a League game this season, as the Bears will have played all 11 League opponents at least once following this weekend. Brown hosted Princeton in its season opener, but the 2-1 victory was a non-league game as part of the 2012 Ivy Showcase. Brown is in the midst of a stretch of 15 straight ECAC Hockey contests and will look to climb in the League standings, as the Bears enter the weekend tied with Clarkson and Cornell for 8th place (10 points). Brown holds the tiebreaker over Clarkson with a 1-0-1 record against the Golden Knights this year and defeated the Big Red last weekend, though the Bears have played one more game than both Clarkson and Cornell. The trio in 8th place sit one point ahead of 11th-place Rensselaer and one point behind Colgate and St. Lawrence, who are tied for sixth place.
Last Time Out: Brown is coming off a third consecutive ECAC Hockey split, pushing its conference record to 3-3-2 over its last eight ECAC Hockey games. In Friday's 2-1 loss at Colgate, the Bears' fifth one-goal defeat of the season, Brown attempted a third-period comeback on a goal by sophomore Matt Harlow, but the Raiders held on for the victory. The next night in Ithaca, senior Jeff Ryan snapped a 0-0 tie with 46 seconds left in the second period to help lift the Bears to a 3-0 shutout over the 18th-ranked Big Red. Sophomore Matt Lorito added his 14th of the year at 6:16 of the third and freshman Nick Lappin scored on a late power play to account for the 3-0 final, Brown's first shutout over Cornell since 1991 and the first in Ithaca since 1959. Lorito finished with two-points with an assist on Lappin's goal to record his 8th multi-point game of the year, while sophomore Ryan Jacobson notched a pair of assists. Senior Anthony Borelli posted 29 saves against the Raiders and 23 against the Big Red to earn his first career shutout.
Brown vs. Quinnipiac: Brown and Quinnipiac have played nine games against each other since the 2010-11 season as the teams have faced off in the first round of the ECAC Playoffs in each of the last two years. Last season, Quinnipiac earned three points in regular-season series with a 2-2 tie in Providence and a 4-1 victory in Hamden. The Bears took game one of the best-of-three series, hosted by Quinnipiac, 4-1, but the Bobcats won the next two games, 3-0 and 4-2, to advance to the Quarterfinal Round, ending Brown's season. In 2010-11, the duo played to a pair of ties in the regular season, before Quinnipiac swept Brown in the playoffs with a pair of 4-0 wins in Hamden. Quinnipiac has a 13-5-3 record in the all-time series with the Bears. Senior Chris Zaires is Brown's statistical leader against Quinnipiac with five points (1g, 4a) in 11 career games, while junior Dennis Robertson has four points (3g, 1a) in nine games.
Scouting Quinnipiac: The Bobcats, ranked second in the country, enter Friday's game riding a 17-game unbeaten streak (15-0-2) spanning from a November 9th win over Colgate through a 2-1 win over UConn on January 22nd. The win over the Huskies was the only game for Quinnipiac during the past three weeks, as a 3-2 win over Union preceded the victory over its in-state rivals. The Bobcats sit comfortably in first place in the ECAC standings with an 11-0-1 record with a 1-1 tie with Rensselaer on January 11th the only blemish. Senior Jeremy Langlois leads the team in scoring with 23 points (11g, 12a), while senior Clay Harvey is second with 15 points (3g, 12a) and sophomore Matthew Peca is third with 14 points (7g, 7a). Six other players have recorded double digits in scoring, while an additional 11 have posted at least one point. Junior Connor Jones leads the team with four power play goals, while senior Russell Goodman has a team-high four game-winning goals. Senior Eric Hartzell has played the majority of time in net and has posted a 1.46 GAA with a .934 save percentage and an 18-2-3 record with four shutouts.
Brown vs. Princeton: This weekend marks the 157th meeting all-time between Brown and Princeton. Due to the Ivy Showcase, this season will mark the fifth consecutive year that the two teams will face each other three times during the regular season. Brown holds an 82-65-9 advantage over Princeton in the all-time series, which dates back to a 4-4 tie during the 1899-1900 season, including a 2-1 victory in the season opener earlier this season. Last year, Brown went 1-1-1 against the Tigers, winning the non-league game and going 0-1-1 in League competition. Five of the last six games between the two teams that have not ended in a tie have been decided by just one goal. Under fourth-year Head Coach Brendan Whittet '94, Brown has earned a 4-5-1 record against the Tigers. Senior Chris Zaires is Brown's statistical leader against the Tigers with 1-4-5 totals in 10 career games, while junior Garnet Hathaway has 1-3-4 totals in six games and sophomore Ryan Jacobson has 3-1-4 totals in four games.
Scouting Princeton: After breaking for exams following a split with Union (L, 3-2) and RPI (W, 4-1), the Tigers played their first game in two weeks on January 27th and defeated Sacred Heart, 5-2. Princeton, which is alone in fifth place in the ECAC Hockey standings, is 4-0-1 in its last five games following a stretch where the Tigers were 1-4-3 from November 23-December 30. Junior Andrew Calof leads the team in scoring with 28 points (10g, 18a), while sophomore Tyler Maugeri is second on the team with 19 points (8g, 11a). Three other players have recorded double digits in scoring, while an additional 14 have posted at least one point. Freshman Mike Ambrosia leads the team with four power play goals, while Calof has a team-high three game-winning goals. Senior Mike Condon has played the majority of time in net this year and has earned a 2.44 GAA with a .920 save percentage in 14 games. Junior Sean Bonar has played in eight games and has a 3.09 GAA with a .895 save percentage.
Coming Up: In the midst of a 15-game stretch of ECAC Hockey contests, Brown closes out its three-game homestand against its travel partner, Yale, next Saturday. The 7:00 game on February 9th is the only game that weekend, as the Bears open up a four-game road trip with a pair of contests in New York's Capitol District February 15th (at RPI) and 16th (at Union). The trip to New York state will be the third in a row after trips to Canton-Potsdam and Hamilton-Ithaca. Brown remains on the road the following weekend with games at Princeton and Quinnipiac and will return home to close out the regular season with games against Cornell and Colgate on March 1st and 2nd.
Pictured: Jeff Ryan '13. Photo by DSPics.net.