Bears Host Clarkson and St. Lawrence this Weekend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's ice hockey team will play games number four and five of a six-game homestand this weekend against ECAC foes Clarkson (1-9-0, 0-4-0) and St. Lawrence (3-6-2, 2-2-0). The Bears (2-3-1, 1-2-1) picked up their ECAC first win of the season last weekend against RPI, 1-0 and now undefeated at home this season (2-0-1). The games also wrap up a four-game stretch in which Brown faces ECAC opponents.
Last Saturday afternoon at Meehan auditorium, sophomore goalie Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) turned away 37 shots as the Bears scored with just over three minutes to play to give Brown its first ECAC win this season with a 1-0 victory over RPI. For her efforts, Jamieson was selected as the ECAC Goalie of the Week.
RPI had numerous scoring chances in this past weekend's matchup, as evidenced by Jamieson's 37 saves. In the second period the sophomore turned away 16 shots. After freshman Jessica Hoyle's (Toronto, Ontario) goal with just over three minutes remaining the RPI offense went into high gear but Jamieson continued to stand on her head, making four saves in the final three minutes, facing seven total shots.
Sophomore Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) who missed the last three games after returning to her native country to train with Czech Republic National Team, will return this weekend and is expected to play in both games. Polenska served as the captain of the Czech Republic Olympic Developmental team over this past summer.
Coming off its most productive offensive outing of the season, and winners of four of its last five games, Clarkson takes to the road this weekend as the Golden Knights skated to a 4-1 victory over St. Lawrence University on Tuesday night at Cheel Arena, which extended their unbeaten streak over their archrivals to four games (3-0-1).
Guided by third-year co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers, the Knights own a 5-7-1 overall record and are perfect in conference play with a 3-0-0 ECAC Hockey mark. Clarkson began league play on October 29-30 by sweeping Union (3-0) and Rensselaer (2-1) in Potsdam. The Green and Gold then split a Friday, home-and-home series with Syracuse, winning 3-2 in central NY on November 5 and losing 3-1 in Potsdam on November 12 before defeating St. Lawrence for the second time this season this past Tuesday.
Junior Juana Baribeau leads Clarkson in scoring with eight points on three goals and five assists through 12 games. Baribeau is looking to become the next Golden Knight to reach the century mark with 78 career points (39-39) through 89 career games. Senior Melissa Waldie who has 103 career points (56-47) has tallied four goals and two assists this season. She netted her 17th career game-winning goal in Tuesday's win over the Saints.
Scouting St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence hosted No. 6 Boston College in a two game set at Appleton Arena last weekend. The Saints erupted for seven goals in handing the Eagles their first loss of the season, 7-3. Junior Vanessa Emond and sophomore Brooke Fernandez each scored a pair of goals, while sophomore Michelle Ng chipped in with three assists for the Saints. St. Lawrence closed with a 32-28 advantage in shots on goal. Freshman goaltender Caitlyn Lahonen earned the win with a 25-save performance. The two teams met again the following day and played to a hard fought, 1-1 overtime tie. Saints sophomore forward Kayla Sullivan netted a second period goal to tie the game with 15 seconds remaining on the clock. Neither team could break the tie the rest of the way, although both created good opportunities.
The Saints offense is led by three players that boast eight points each. Rylee Smith (six goals, two assists), Kelly Sabatine (five goals, three assists) and Vanessa Emond (three goals, five assists) are the main focal points for the St. Lawrence offense. Goalies Caitlyn Lahonen and Maxie Weiz have split time in net. Each has made six starts while Lahonen has a 2.34 goals against average and .903 save percentage and Weisz boasts totals of 2.39 and .916.
Next Time on the Ice
Brown wraps up its six-game homestand next weekend with a post-Thanksgiving matchup with Providence College in the Mayor's Cup Game at 4 p.m. on Nov. 26.
Pictured: Sophomore defender Victoria Smith