PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's hockey team hits the road this weekend to take on ECAC Hockey rivals Union and RPI. The Bears (5-7-6, 2-6-3) have a chance to move back to .500 overall while holding onto the final conference playoff spot. Brown is currently tied with Colgate for eighth place. The Bears face the Union Dutchwomen on Friday night, January 21, at 7 p.m., before taking on the RPI Engineers on Saturday afternoon, January 22, at 4 p.m.
A Look at Union
The Dutchwomen (3-18-3, 1-10-1) are four points behind the Bears in the ECAC standings. The two teams met earlier this season on November 12, 2011 at Meehan Auditorium, with Brown coming away with a 1-0 victory. Union has not won since a 2-1 decision over Clarkson on November 4, 2011. Despite their winless streak, the Dutchwomen have been much improved in 2012, battling Colgate into a 2-1 OT loss, as well as top ECAC teams Harvard (L, 2-0) and Dartmouth (L, 2-3).
Union is lead offensively by freshman forward Bryanne Panchuk who has five goals and six assists. Junior forward Rhianna Kurio leads the team with six goals while senior defender Dania Simmonds has a squad-high seven assists. Senior Kate Gallagher has been the teams best goalies, making 343 saves with a .940 save percentage and a 2.06 goals against average in 12 games.
A Look at RPI
The Engineers (5-15-4, 2-8-2) are just one-point behind the Bears in the ECAC standings, but are on a three game losing streak with tough contests against Cornell (L, 3-0), Dartmouth (l, 4-2) and Harvard (3-0). RPI last win came against Colgate (W, 4-1) at Houston Field House on January 6.
RPI is led offensively by sophomore forward Jordan Smelker, who has a team-high 12 assists to go along with seven goals. Freshman forward Eleeza Cox leads the squad with eight goals. The Engineers have two freshmen in net that have each seen time. Kelly O'Brien has made a team high 301 saves in 14 games with a 2.91 GAA and a .891 save percentage. Brianna Piper has 247 saves in 13 games with a 2.07 GAA and a .876 save percentage.
Difficult Home Weekend
The Bears had a tough return to Meehan Auditorium, playing its first home games in 41 days. Brown took on ECAC hockey opponents St. Lawrence and Clarkson and were topped, 3-0 & 6-2, respectively. Clarkson is currently in a third-place tie with Harvard with 17 league points, while St. Lawrence is just two points back in and in seventh. Brown is in an eighth-place tie (the final playoff spot) with Colgate with seven points.
Brown's Dynamic Duo
Much of the Bears success is large in part to Brown's goaltending duo. Both junior Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) and sophomore Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) have been outstanding between the pipes. Both netminders are in the top five in the conference in save percentage. Jamieson is fifth with a .929 save percentage. Moore is second in the league with a .941 save percentage and stands third with a 1.91 GAA.
Pierri's Third Period Goal Helps Bears to OT Tie Against UConn
Brown extended its unbeaten streak to three games on Saturday, January 7, at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, skating to a 1-1 overtime tie with UConn. Brown trailed in the game for all but 12:13, as the Huskies scored just two minutes into the contest. The Bears were able to find the equalizer late however, as senior Jacquie Pierri (Montclair, N.J.) came up with the clutch score at 10:07 in the third period.
Bourbeau Featured in Providence Journal
Brown women's ice hockey head coach Amy Bourbeau was interviewed by Providence Journal writer Mark Divver and was featured on the front page of the January 6 sports section. Coach Bourbeau discusses the challenges of becoming a first-year head coach and about the early success that the program has had thus far. Fans can visit ProvidenceJournal.com for the online edition.
A First Since 2007
For the first time in five years, the Brown women's hockey team picked up a victory over Yale. On Wednesday, January 4, at Ingalls Rink, the Bears saw nine different players tally at least one point, as the Bruno was victorious, 4-1. Freshman Janice Yang (West Port, Conn.) tallied two goals in the game to help Brown back to .500 on the season as well as take hold of the eighth spot and final playoff position in the ECAC.
Early Points for Bruno
Through just half of the season, the Bears have already doubled their point total from last season. Brown boasts wins over Union and Providence College, while picking up ties at Quinnipiac, at Maine (twice), RPI and at Colgate. Bruno also has five ECAC league points and is currently tied for the final playoff spot with Colgate.
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.
10 Goals for the Second Time
For second time in just over a month and a half, Brown netted 10 goals in a game, both times coming against Sacred Heart. The Bears were victorious on opening day at Meehan Auditorium and closed out the 2011 slate with another 10-0 win. Senior forward Vika Mykolenko (Kharkiv, Ukraine) was the start of the game, leading the way with five points (2 G, 3 A).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.