PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's hockey team will complete its four-game road trip this weekend with two ECAC Hockey games in upstate New York. The Bears will face St. Lawrence on Friday, January 21 at 7 p.m. before taking on Clarkson on Saturday, January 22 at 4 p.m.
Brown (2-12-3, 1-6-3) has faced a grueling schedule, not only in the first half of the season in which with nine of its 12 opponents have received votes in the national poll and six cracking the top 10, but since a return from winter break, the Bears have faced No. 2 Cornell, No. 3 Boston University and No. 4 Mercyhurst (twice).
Even with its marathon slate, Bruno has a chance to make up ground in the ECAC standings. Currently, the Bears are four points back of the final playoff spot with five total points. With games against St. Lawrence and Clarkson, who each have 10 and nine points, respectively, Brown could potentially move into a virtual tie for the final spot with two wins.
Senior captain Samantha Stortini (Sudbury, Ontario) missed seven games with a hip injury at the beginning of the season and has since returned after the winter break. Stortini's experience and leadership on the backline is needed with a plethora of young players seeing valuable minutes for the Bears this season.
Sophomore Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) continues to be the Bears main offensive threat, leading the team with five goals, eight points and 44 shots. The second-year forward has also added three assists and has been on the top line all season long.
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. Nedow even shifted up to center after injuries last weekend at Mercyhurst left the Bears shorthanded. The freshman anticipates a return to her normal spot this weekend.
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 2.94 goals against average and .919 save percentage while making 376 stops in 673:21 minutes played this season.
This past weekend at Mercyhurst, the second-year standout made 52 total saves in a 6-0 loss against the Lakers and nearly took over the top spot in the Brown record books for saves in a period. In the second, Jamieson made 25 stops, two-shy of the all-time record.
Scouting St. Lawrence
The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team snapped a four-game losing skid on Saturday in Hanover, NH, as the Saints used two third period goals to pull away from Dartmouth College, 4-2. The win was the first for the Scarlet and Brown in 2011, and moved to the team to 10-11-2 (5-6-0).
ECAC Hockey announced on Tuesday that sophomore Kelly Sabatine was being recognized as the league's MLX Skates Player of the Week award winner. Sabatine had her eighth assist of the season on St. Lawrence's lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Harvard last Friday. The Hamilton, ON native also helped the Scarlet and Brown snap a four-game losing skid last Saturday, totaling three points against Dartmouth. Sabatine scored two goals, her 10th and 11th of the season, including the game-winner, while also chipping in an assist.
Coming off a weekend split in New England against Dartmouth and Harvard, the Golden Knights return to Cheel Arena to host Yale on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Brown on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Clarkson owns a 7-13-3 overall record and is in a three-way tie for eighth-place in the conference standings with a 4-6-1 league mark.
The Knights picked up their first win of the New Year and snapped a four-game losing skid with a 3-2 overtime triumph at Dartmouth this past Friday. Clarkson, however, fell just short in its bid for a weekend sweep as Harvard held off the Green and Gold to gain a 3-2 victory in Cambridge, Mass. on Saturday.
Senior Melissa Waldie (Newmarket, ONT) leads the Clarkson offense with 15 points on nine goals and six assists. Waldie, who recorded two assists in the win at Dartmouth, is the Knights' second all-time scorer with 112 points (61-51) through 135 career games.
In the first meeting of the two schools this season back on Nov. 19 at Meehan Auditorium, the squads skated to a 1-1 tie. Trailing late into the third period, Jolin was able to tally the equalizer with just 22.3 seconds left.
Next Time on the Ice
With its four-game road trip completed, the Bears return to Meehan Auditorium on Friday, January 28 at 7 p.m. to take on ECAC and Ivy League rival Harvard. The game begins a three-game home stretch for Brown in which they will also face Dartmouth and Yale.
Pictured: freshman forward Jessica Hoyle