PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today the Brown hockey team can celebrate Valentine's Day (after team practice), but tomorrow they travel to New Haven, Conn. for a rematch against the Bulldogs of Yale at 7:30 p.m. This is actually a makeup game from Jan. 12, when the game was postponed due to blizzard conditions in the Northeast.
In the initial matchup this season at Meehan Auditorium just 13 days ago, Brown out shot Yale on, 32-28, but it was the Bulldogs who made the most off their offensive chances, topping the Bears 4-0. For the first time since Nov. 6, Brown had a lower save total than its opponent, as Yale goalie Jackee Snikeris stole the show, keeping the Bears off the board while stopping 32 shots.
The Bears are in position to play spoiler yet again, as the Bulldogs are still alive in the hunt for the final ECAC Hockey playoff spot. Yale currently stands at 14 points, while Colagte and RPI (which hold the seventh and eighth spots) have 18 points. Yale has three games left while Colagte, RPI and St. Lawrence (16 points) each have two games left.
Strength of Schedule
Brown 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 faced No. 2 Cornell, No. 3 Boston University and No. 4 Mercyhurst (twice) as well as the two of the top-three teams in the ECAC, Harvard and Dartmouth.
Of the 24 games that the Bears have played this year, only seven have been against teams that have not at least received votes in the national polls.
The Captain Returns
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. "Storts" joined fellow senior captains Erica Kromm (Naramata, British Columbia) and Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, Ill.) at the 100 games played milestone after this past Sunday's game at Colgate.
Sophomore Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) continues to be one of the Bears main offensive threats, leading the team with eight goals, 12 points and 60 shots. Classmate Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic), who missed three games earlier this season to train with the Czech Republic National Team, has really turned it on as of late, and is now leads the team with 13 points on seven goals and six assists, both second on the team.
Second-year goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) has kept the Bears in numerous games this season and leads the team in all goalie statistics. She has seen 985:16 minutes between the pipes in 19 games this year. Jamieson has complied marks of 3.29 goals against average and a .907 save percentage, while making 537 saves.
Rookie defender Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) has proven she can do it all, playing staunch defense while leading the team with seven assists this season. Nedow even shifted up to center after injuries at Mercyhurst left the Bears shorthanded.
Classmate Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) has played on the top line for the Bears all season and continues to be one of the hardest skaters on the team. Hoyle is tied for second on the team with four assists and fourth with 31 shots.
Freshman Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario) scored her second goal of the season at St. Lawrence, unassisted, going coast-to-coast for the score. It was her first game back from a head injury.
The Bulldogs (7-16-3, 6-11-2) are coming off a tough loss to No. 2 Cornell. Junior goalie Genny Ladiges made a career high 45 saves and held off No. 2 Cornell's high-powered offense as long as she could, and Yale even had a lead on the Big Red for 15 minutes after an early goal by junior forward Aleca Hughes Saturday afternoon at Lynah Rink. But Cornell exploded for four goals in the second period, including three in a span of less than two minutes, and went on to beat the Bulldogs 7-1.
Yale has now lost two straight and are 2-3-1 in their last six games. The Bulldogs are 3-7 at home this year. Yale has scored 36 goals in 19 conference games, while tallying 48 assists in those games.
Next Time on the Ice
The Bears conclude the 2010-11 season this weekend at home. Brown welcomes Princeton on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. before hosting Quinnipiac in the season finale on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. The game against the Tigers will be the team's annual Pink at the Rink Celebration while the Bobcats contest will serve as the team's senior day.
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