Bears Host Quinnipiac & Princeton in Final ECAC Hockey Weekend of 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's ice hockey has an action-packed weekend as they host the final two ECAC Hockey games of 2011. On Friday, December 3, at 7 p.m., the Bears welcome Quinnipiac to Meehan Auditorium. This will be the second time the two teams square off this season, as they battled to a 2-2 (OT) tie in their first meeting. On Saturday, December 3, at 3 p.m., the women's squad will kick off a hockey doubleheader, as well the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Meehan Auditorium with at showdown against Ivy League rival, Princeton. The men's team will face off against Yale at 7 p.m.

Friday's contest against Quinnipiac will also support Toy's for Tot's. All fans that bring a toy to the game will receive a voucher for a free ticket to a future women's game.

Saturday will be a truly special day as nearly 200 hockey alumni return to Meehan Auditorium as the University celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the storied arena. Both the men's & women's squads have worn special patches on their jerseys this seasons to commemorate the event. In addition to the special center-ice logo in Meehan, there will be a ceremonial puck-drop before the game as well as special edition button given out to fans.

A Look at Quinnipiac

The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team (9-7-1) (5-2-1) returns to ECAC Hockey action when it travels to face Brown and Yale this Friday, Dec, 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. On Friday against Brown, game-time is set for 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest against Yale will begin at 4 p.m. 

Friday's contest will be the 16th time the two sides face each other, as Brown holds the all-time series lead with a 6-5-4 mark. In their last meeting earlier this season on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie. Sophomore forwards Kelly Babstock and Shelby Wignall each scored for Quinnipiac, while junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti made 11 saves in goal. 

Babstock, the reigning ECAC Player and Rookie of the year, leads the Bobcats with 22 points (10 G, 12 A).

A Look at Princeton 

Princeton heads into the weekend with a 4-7-1 overall record and a 3-4-1 mark in league play to sit in sixth place in the ECAC standings. Sophomore Sally Butler leads all Tigers in scoring with six goals and six assists for 12 points. Sophomores Denna Laing and Olivia Mucha have 10 points each, with four goals and six helpers apiece. Senior Paula Romanchuk and freshman Ali Pankowski contribute seven points. Senior netminder Rachel Weber has played every minute in goal and has a .915 save percentage and a 2.51 goals against average.

Princeton owns a 35-29-2 advantage in the all-time series with Brown, which began in 1980. The Tigers won the first meeting this season, 1-0, on Nov. 4 at Baker Rink. 

A New Era For Brown

The winds of change have swept through Meehan Auditorium as new head coach Amy Bourbeau takes the reigns of the program as just the third bench boss in Brown history. Bourbeau joins the Bears after spending the past 14 years as an assistant coach at Princeton University. The first-year coach also brought in two new assistants. Andy McPhee, who was the 2005, 2008 and 2010 NESCAC Coach of the year at Trinity College, and Lucy Schoebel, who was an assistant coach at Wesleyan University in 2010-11 and a two-time Kazmaier Award nominee at Syracuse University.

Toe-to-Toe with No. 4

Brown hosted the No. 4 team in the nation on Sunday, Nov. 27, taking on Boston College. The Bears skated right with the Eagles for entire game, but ultimately fell 3-1. Bruno got a wicked slapshot goal from junior forward Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic), who had recently rejoined the team after training for two weeks with the Czech Republic National Team.

Mayor's Cup Champs

The Bears took back the Mayor's Cup at Providence College on Nov. 25, with a 2-1 at Schneider Arena. The win versus the Bears crosstown rival was especially important for coach Bourbeau, who returned to her alma mater for the first time since becoming a head coach.

Unbeaten in Maine

Brown made the trek up North on Nov. 18 & 19, and came home with two points, picking up ties on each day versus Maine in the "Battle of the Bears." Bruno got three players with multiple point nights in the a 4-4 overtime tie on Friday night before junior goalie Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) made 31 saves for her second shutout of the season.

Three-Point ECAC Weekend

Bears not only picked up their first ECAC Hockey win on Nov. 12, in a 1-0 win over Union, but made it a three-point weekend with a 2-2 tie against RPI. Brown got the game-tying-goal from rookie Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) in the third period against the Engineers at Meehan Auditorium on Friday night. The next day, senior co-captain Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) tallied the game-winning goal with 72 seconds left in the contest versus the Dutchwomen.

48 Stops

Junior goalie Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) was sensational in Brown's 2-2 at Quinnipiac on Saturday, Nov. 5. Jamieson faced a barrage of shots against one of the top teams in the ECAC this season and made 48 saves in an impressive performance, which gave the Bears their second conference point of the season. Rookies Shannon Flatley (Toronto, Ontario) and Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.) tallied their first career goals in the effort.

A Close Return

 For the first time in 14 years, Amy Bourbeau was not on the home bench in Baker Rink. Bourbeau returned to Princeton after serving her long tenure as the assistant coach for the Tigers, but this time as the head coach of the Bears. Brown went toe-to-toe with Princeton for the entire game, but a power play goal by the Tigers' Olivia Mucha proved to be the difference in the 1-0 contest. Sophomore goaltender Aubree Moore (Bowie Md.) was once again stellar in net for Brown (1-2-1, 0-2-1), making 28 saves, 19 in the final period.

A "Backbone" Performance

Brown picked up its first ECAC Hockey point of the season in the team's first conference game at Colgate on Friday, Oct. 28, thanks to sophomore netminder Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.). Moore made 37 stops in a 1-1 overtime tie against the Red Raiders and was awarded the teams "Golden Skate" award, given to the team's top star. Coach Bourbeau crediting Moore, saying she was indeed the "backbone" of the team in that game.

All For One; One For All

In last Saturday's season-opening win versus Sacred Heart at Meehan Auditorium, not only did the Bears tally 10 goals on the day, the most scored since a 10-1 win at Quinnipiac on Nov. 18, 2003, but 13 different players tallied at least one point. Eight players also had at least two points, with five registering three or more.

Captain's Trick

2011 senior co-captain Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) made her impact on the 2011-12 season immediately as she tallied the first hat trick of her collegiate career. Landry scored the first and second goals of the game in a 10- shutout of Sacred Heart. With just over five minutes to play in the second period, Landry put her third past Pioneer goal-keeping for the hat trick.

Four-Point Day

Sophomore forward Emilie Dolan (Montreal, Quebec) had her coming-out party against Sacred Heart in the season-opener. Dolan played in 29 games as a rookie, but tallied her first collegiate point 4:06 into the second period of the game, on an assist of classmate Jessica Hoyle's (Toronto, Ontario) power play goal. Dolan then put her name in the books three more times. She put in a short-handed goal at 14:57 in the second and then an even-strength blast at 14:55 of the third. Her four-point day was capped on the Bears' 10th goal of the day, which she picked up an assist on.

Immediate Dividends

The Brown rookie class made a strong showing the first game of the season as all six players saw ice time. Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) led the way with three points on three assists, helping on the first two goals of the game. Shannon Flatley (Toronto, Ontario) also registered an assist on the second goal of the game. Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.) also tallied their first points of the season on assists.

Strong Scheduling

It will be another tough ECAC slate and nonconference schedule this season as the Bears will play ten games (six different opponents) against teams that have been ranked in the top-10 this year. Brown will also play eight more against teams that have at least received votes in the national polls.

Senior Leadership

Head women's ice hockey coach Amy Bourbeau has announced that senior defender Paige Pyett (Milestone, Saskatchewan) and senior forward Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) will serve as team captains for the 2011-12 season. Pyett is a former ECAC All-Rookie team selection, while Landry was last season's team scholar-athlete, earning the academic excellence award. 

50th Anniversary of Meehan Auditorium

This season marks the 50th anniversary of Brown's George V. Meehan Auditorium which opened during the 1961-62 season. Brown will feature a special center-ice logo as well as a patch that will be sported on its home and away uniforms. Both the men's and women's team will host a doubleheader on December 3, to celebrate the anniversary. The women will take on Princeton while the men face Yale.