March 10, 2009

Mike Clemente Named INCH Player of the Week

March 10, 2009

PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown University men's ice hockey goalie Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) has been named the Inside College Hockey (INCH) Player of the Week for the week ending March 8th. Clemente posted a pair of shutouts over the weekend, as Brown swept Harvard in the First Round series of the ECAC Hockey Tournament, winning 1-0 and 2-0.

The back-to-back shutouts were part of a historic weekend, as Brown became the first 12-seed to advance in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, while shutting out Harvard on consecutive nights for the first time in its 111-year history. Clemente recorded 39 saves in a 1-0 win in game one and bettered that with a career-high 47 saves, including 18 in the third period, in a 2-0 win in game two, stopping all 86 shots he faced in the two games. For his efforts, he lowered his season GAA from a 3.01 to a 2.63 and raised his season save percentage from a .921 to a .932m, which ranks 5th in the nation.

The shutouts were Brown's first of the season and first back-to-back shutouts since the fall of 2002 when the Bears opened the season with a pair of shutouts, 4-0 against Harvard and 5-0 against Vermont. They were also the first back-to-back shutouts on consecutive nights since the 2001-2002 season when Brown posted a pair of 2-0 wins at Clarkson and St. Lawrence. The series sweep gave Brown its first playoff series win since March of 2005 when Brown swept RPI at home in the First Round.

Brown returns to action this weekend when it travels to top-seeded Yale to face the 10th-ranked Bulldogs in the ECAC Quarterfinals. The best-of-three series begins Friday night at 7:00. Games two and three (if necessary) are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 7:00.