March 8, 2004
PROVIDENCE, RI - Following a first round bye, the Brown men's ice hockey team will host Harvard in a best-of-three ECAC Quarterfinal series, beginning Friday, March 12 at Meehan Auditorium. Brown earned a first round bye with a third-place finish in the ECAC standings. Seeded sixth, the Crimson are coming off a first-round series sweep over 11th-seeded Vermont, winning 3-0 and 5-3.
Friday's game against Harvard will mark the 141st meeting between the Bears and the Crimson, college hockey's oldest active rivalry. The Crimson lead the all-time series with Brown by a 96-36-8 margin, with the Bears winning the past two games. Brown and Harvard first met in 1898 with Brown defeating Harvard, 6-0, and have faced each other 139 times since. This season, the Bears won two straight games over the Crimson, winning 2-0 in Cambridge, and 2-1 (ot) in Providence.
The two teams have faced each other seven times in the ECAC playoffs, including two games in 2002. However, Brown has never hosted any of the games. In the 2001-2002 Playoffs, Harvard knocked off the Bears, winning the best-of-three quarterfinal series two-games-to-none. The Crimson won 4-1 in the first game, before beating the Bears 2-1 in double overtime in the decisive game. Senior goalie Yann Danis, then a sophomore, stopped 66 shots in the game, which lasted nearly 100 minutes.
Game one of the series is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12. Game 2 and, if necessary, game three, will be played Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14, both of which will begin at 7:00 p.m.