Brown Heads to Yale For ECAC Battle
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With the Northeast set to receive 12-16 inches of snow, the Brown Bears will attempt to brave the elements and head to New Haven, Conn. for a 7 p.m. matchup versus the Yale Bulldogs on Wednesday, January 12. This is the first contest of a five-game road trip for the Bears.
Brown has faced a grueling schedule in the first half of the season with nine of its 12 opponents receiving votes in the national poll and five cracking the top 10.
It does not get any easier however, as four of the Bears' first six games back from the break come against teams that are ranking in the top five. Brown was topped by No. 3 Boston University on Jan. 2 and fell to No. 2 Cornell this past Saturday. Bruno takes on Yale before traveling to No. 5 Mercyhurst this weekend for a doubleheader.
The Bears are back to full strength with the return of senior captain Samantha Stortini (Sudbury, Ontario). Stortini missed seven games with a hip injury and returned this past weekend.
Sophomore Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) continues to be the Bears main offensive threat, leading the team with five goals, eight points and 40 shots.
Rookie defender Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) has proven she can do it all, playing staunch defense while leading the team with six assists this season.
Brown's defensive style has not affected second-year goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) as she has posted some solid all-around numbers. Jamieson has accounted for both Bear wins this season and two of its ties. She has also posted a 2.68 goals against average and .922 save percentage while stopping 321 stops in 604:32 minutes played this season.
Last time out for Yale, the Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak, picking up a 3-1 victory over Colgate.
The Bulldog offense is led by senior forward Bray Ketchum who has at least one point in eight of Yale's last 10 games. Ketchum leads the team in points (6-8-14) and is 12th on Yale's all-time scoring list (40-40-80). She is ninth in career goals.
Freshman forward Jackie Raines who scored Yale's lone goal Monday against BC, leads the team in goals with six. Just seven freshmen have led Yale in goals since the 1978-79 season. Raines and her line mate freshman forward Jenna Ciotti have incurred only two penalties each this season.
Next Time on the Ice
The Bears will take the eight-hour trip up to Mercyhurst for a two-game set on Jan. 14-15. The road trip concludes with weekend games on Jan. 21 and 22 at St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
Pictured: Senior co-captain Erica Kromm