March 22, 2013

Bears Face #1/#2 Quinnipiac in ECAC Hockey Semifinals, Friday at 4:00

This Weekend: The 7th-seeded Bears, coming off a Quarterfinal series win over second-seeded and 16th-ranked Rensselaer (3-1, 2-6, 4-3) face top-seeded and #1/#2-ranked Quinnipiac in the Semifinals. This marks the first time since 2010, and just the ninth time ever, that Brown has advanced to the League semifinals, while the Bears are in search of their first-ever Tournament Championship. It also marks the third straight year that Brown will face Quinnipiac in the ECAC Tournament after meeting the Bobcats in the First Round in both 2011 and 2012. The two teams also met in the 2008 First Round. All three of those series were played in Hamden.    

Video streaming for all games this weekend will be available through America One, while Brown's Mike Rubin '00 will provide free audio for both Brown games. Additionally, both Semifinals and the Championship game will be televised on Fox College Sports (DirectTV channel 623).

All-Time in the ECAC Championship: Since the first season that the ECAC began hosting a Championship, Brown is 4-12-0, winning semifinal games in 1965, 1976, and 1993. The Bears have never won the Championship, losing to BC in 1965, BU in 1976, and Clarkson in 1993. This weekend marks Brown's first appearance in the Final Four since 2010, when Brown faced Cornell in the semifinals, falling 3-0, before defeating St. Lawrence, 3-0, in the 3rd place game. 

All-Time Championship Results:
1965 (at Boston Arena)
    Semis - Brown 5, Boston University 2
    Champ - Boston College 6, Brown 2
1966 (at Boston Arena)
    Semis - Clarkson 2, Brown 1
    Cons - Boston University 5, Brown 2
1976 (at Boston Garden)
    Semis - Brown 6, Cornell 2
    Champ - Boston University 9, Brown 2
1978 (at Boston Garden)
    Semis - Boston College 6, Brown 4
    Cons - Boston University 8, Brown 4
1993 (at Olympic Center)
    Semis - Brown 3, Harvard 1
    Champ - Clarkson 3, Brown 1
1994 (at Olympic Center)
    Semis - Harvard 5, Brown 1
    Cons - Clarkson 6, Brown 2
2003 (at Pepsi Arena)
    Semis - Cornell 2, Brown 0
    Cons - Dartmouth 4, Brown 2
2010 (at Times Union Center)
    Semis - Cornell 3, Brown 0
    Cons - Brown 3, St. Lawrence 0 

Last Time Out: Brown advanced to the ECAC Semifinals by virtue of its series win over Rensselaer last weekend. The Bears defeated the Engineers in three games, winning game one, 3-1, and game three, 3-2, after falling in the second game, 6-2. Sophomore Matt Lorito led Brown, scoring a goal in each game and also earning an assist in game three. His goal in game three, which gave Brown a 2-0 lead, was his 20th of the season, as he became the first Brown player since 1998 to score at least 20 goals in a season. Freshman Nick Lappin scored the game-winning goal in game three, and also assisted Lorito's goal, contributing an assist in game one as well. Senior Chris Zaires had a point in each game, scoring in game two and posting assists in games one and three. Juniors Garnet Hathaway (2a) and Jake Goldberg (1g, 1a) and freshmen Brandon Pfeil (2a) and Mark Naclerio (1g, 1a) all had two points in the series. Senior Anthony Borelli earned both wins, stopping 26 of 27 shots in game one and 40 of 42 in game three, including all 13 he faced in the final period. 

Brown vs. Quinnipiac: Brown and Quinnipiac have played 11 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. The two teams played to a pair of ties during the regular season with Quinnipiac coming back for a 1-1 tie in Providence and Brown battling back from a late 3-1 deficit to post a 3-3 tie in Hamden. In last year's playoffs,  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 the 2010-11 First Round, Quinnipiac swept the Bears with a pair of 4-0 wins in Hamden. Quinnipiac has a 13-5-5 record in the all-time series with the Bears. Senior Chris Zaires is Brown's statistical leader against Quinnipiac with six points (2g, 4a) in 12 career games, while junior Dennis Robertson has five points (3g, 2a) in 10 games.

Brown vs. Quinnipiac in the Playoffs: The Bears have played Quinnipiac three times in the ECAC Playoffs, during First Round in 2008, 2011 and 2012. The Bobcats have hosted all three of those series, sweeping the weekend in 2008 and 2011. Last season, Quinnipiac came back with wins in game two and three after falling in game one.  

Brown's All-Time ECAC Tournament Results vs. Quinnipiac
2008 at Quinnipiac 7, Brown 6 (ot)
          at Quinnipiac 7, Brown 1
2011 at Quinnipiac 4, Brown 0
          at Quinnipiac 4, Brown 0
2012 Brown 4, at Quinnipiac 1
          at Quinnipiac 3, Brown 0
          at Quinnipiac 4, Brown 2

Scouting Quinnipiac: The Bobcats enter this weekend's ECAC Championship as the #1 overall seed and are ranked #1/#2 in the nation. Quinnipiac earned a bye for the First Round and defeated Cornell in Quarterfinal action, dropping game #1, 3-2, before winning game #2, 10-2, and then game #3 in double overtime, 3-2.

rown vs. Union: Should Brown and Union meet on Saturday, it would mark the 46th meeting between the two teams, dating back to a 3-2 Union victory on December 30, 1989. The Bears hold a 21-13-11 series advantage over the Dutchmen, including a 9-6-6 record in the past 21 meetings after sweeping the season series in 2011-12 and earning a 3-3 tie earlier this year. Union won the season series this year with a 2-0 (empty net) win in Schenectady in mid-February, despite 46 saves from senior Anthony Borelli.  Since the 2009-10 season, when the current seniors were freshmen, Brown holds a 2-3-3 record. Sophomore Massimo Lamacchia is Brown's statistical leader against Union with 2-3-5 totals in four career games, while junior Dennis Robertson adds five assists in five career games and senior Chris Zaires has 2-2-4 numbers in seven games. 

Brown vs. Union in the Playoffs: Brown and Union have never faced each other in the ECAC Hockey Tournament.

Scouting Union: The Dutchmen enter this weekend's ECAC Championship as the #4 overall seed and are ranked #18 in the nation. Union earned a bye for the First Round and defeated Dartmouth in Quarterfinal action, winning game #1, 4-1, and game #2, 5-2.    

Brown vs. Yale: Yale leads the all-time series with Brown, which dates back to the 1897-1898 season, by a 92-74-8 margin, including winning 16 of the last 21 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 three seasons, including 2012-13, the teams have split the regular-season series with each team winning in its home rink. Yale won the first meeting between the two schools this season, coming back from a 3-1 deficit to earn a 4-3 victory. Brown earned a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs in Providence in mid-February. Senior Chris Zaires is Brown's statistical leader against the Bulldogs with 2-5-7 numbers in 12 career games, while junior Dennis Robertson adds 3-3-6 totals in seven career games.

Brown vs. Yale in the Playoffs: Brown and Yale have played 11 games in the playoffs with the series even at 5-5-1. Most recently, the Bears eliminated Yale, the #1 seed in the ECAC Hockey tournament and ranked #6 at the time, in the 2010 Quarterfinals, winning game one, 3-2, and game three, 1-0, after falling, 6-3, in game two.

Brown's All-Time ECAC Tournament Results vs. Yale
1991 Yale 2, at Brown 1
1993 at Brown 3, Yale 3 (ot)
          at Brown 5, Yale 3
2003 Brown 4, at Yale 3 (ot)
          at Yale 2, Brown 1
          Brown 4, at Yale 0
2009 at Yale 4, Brown 2
          at Yale 2, Brown 0
2010 Brown 3, at Yale 2
          at Yale 6, Brown 3
          Brown 1, at Yale 0

Scouting Yale: 
The Bulldogs enter this weekend's ECAC Championship as the #3 overall seed and are ranked #10/#11 in the nation. Yale earned a bye for the First Round and defeated St. Lawrence in Quarterfinal action, winning game #1, 6-1, and game #2, 3-0.