Brown Hosts Sacred Heart In Home-Opener

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's ice hockey team makes its 2010-11 Meehan Auditorium debut this Saturday at 1 p.m. when they take on Sacred Heart. Brown is seeking its first victory after a grueling three-game road schedule to open the season. The Pioneers will also be searching for their first win after opening the season at 0-6.

Bear Country

The Bears have been active on the offensive end this season as the team has knotted two goals in each game. Five different players have scored for Brown so far this year. Senior Erica Kromm (Naramata, British Columbia) has scored in back-to-back games while sophomore Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) leads the team with three points on a goal and two assists. Sophomore Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) also has multiple points with a goal and an assist in three games. Junior Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) tallied her goal against then-No. 8 Boston College while freshman Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario) is responsible for the other Brown goal.

In each of their first three games in 2010-11, Bear netminders have made at least 30 stops versus their opponents. Both sophomore Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) and freshman Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) have seen extensive time in net. Jamieson has played 100 minutes in goal while making 56 saves. Moore has 78:51 minutes while stopping 48 shots.

Scouting the Pioneers

The Bears will be the third ECAC Hockey opponent for the Sacred Heart this season.  The Crusaders were blanked by both Quinnipiac (5-0) and Union (3-0) last month on the road. In the six games that Sacred Heart has played this season, they have only scored in one (four goals against St. Anselm). The Pioneers have also given up at least three goals in each contest and have allowed five or more in five games. 

Senior Brittany Hartman leads the offense as she has two goals, one on a power play. Junior Tara Kent and Freshman Catie Lander have also scored for Sacred Heart. Senior Lauren Fontaine leads the team with 23 shots.

Freshman goalie Alexius Schutt has seen the majority of the time in net for Sacred Heart, starting each game and racking up 325 minutes between the pipes. She has made 265 saves and has a .898 save percentage, but has allowed 30 goals for a 5.53 goals-against average. 

Next Time on the Ice

After a three-game road trip to start the season, the Bears will enjoy a six-game homestand at Meehan Auditorium beginning with Saturday's game against Sacred Heart. Next on the docket is Union on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., which starts a stretch of four-straight ECAC foes. The next day, the Bears will take on RPI at 4 p.m. Games the following weekend include Clarkson and St. Lawrence. The home-cooking will end on Nov. 26th in a post-Thanksgiving matchup versus local-rival Providence at 4 p.m. as the teams battle for the Mayor's Cup.

 

Pictured: Senior co-captain Erica Kromm