February 24, 2012

Brown Faces No. 3/3 Cornell in First Round of ECAC Hockey Playoffs

Ithaca, N.Y. – The Brown women's ice hockey team is back in the ECAC Hockey playoffs for the first time since 2006 and look to pull off the upset versus the conference's best, in No. 3/3 Cornell. The Bears head up to Ithaca for a best-of-three series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. First-year head coach Amy Bourbeau led Bruno to 14 league points and eight wins overall, the most since the 2005-06 season.

The Bears are lead by ECAC Goalie of the Year finalist Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) The second-year netminder leads the conference and is third in the nation with a .938 save percentage while sporting a 1.98 goals against average, good for 11th in the country. Junior Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) has been equally impressive, appearing in 15 games for Brown.

The offensive is led by a mix of old and new as senior co-captain Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) leads the team with 19 points and 12 assists, while rookie Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) paces the team with 10 goals to go along with six helpers. Third-year center Alena Polenska (Kutna, Hora, Czech Republic) is not far off the pace, despite missing eight games while training with Czech Republic National Team. Polenska has totaled six goals and eight assists. 

The mix of experience and youth is seen on the blueline for the Bears as well with senior co-captain Paige Pyett (Milestone, Saskatchewan) and freshman Lauren Vella (Staten, Island, N.Y.) starting nearly every game this season (Vella missed one game due to illness). Junior Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) has proved to be valuable at the point, racking up 11 assists, good for second on the team.

A Look at Cornell

The Big Red finished its regular season on a seven-game winning streak, a streak that is currently tied for the longest in the nation. The Big Red has not lost once in February and is 16-1 in 2012. Now the team takes on Brown in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, a round where it has won four consecutive games.

Cornell extended its lead in the lifetime series against Brown to 38-34-8 with a 5-0 win in Providence two weeks ago.  In that game, Lauren Slebodnick earned her second consecutive shutout of the Bears, as she also picked up a 9-0 victory in Ithaca in October. Cornell's last loss to Brown came on Jan. 20, 2007, a span of nine games.

Four Cornell women's hockey players have been named nominees for the Patty Kazmaier Award, the highest individual honor in women's college hockey. Senior Rebecca Johnston, juniors Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau and sophomore Brianne Jenner all made the cut to the final 30 student-athletes.

BEARS' DEN

Party Like It's 2006

The Brown Bears are headed back to the ECAC Hockey playoffs for the first time since 2006. Bruno beat and tied RPI and Colgate which proved to be the difference in the final playoff spot as the Bears ended in a virtual tie with RPI and two points ahead of Colgate.

Control Your Destiny

Facing Colgate in the final game of the season at Meehan Auditorium, the Bears broke a three-way tie for the final ECAC Hockey playoff spot, earning a 3-2 win over the Raiders. Brown trailed early, but got two goals from rookie forward Sarah Robson(Mississauga, Ontario) and 31 saves from sophomore goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) as the Bears sent their seniors off in style and now own the tiebreakers over both RPI and Colgate with just one weekend of regular-season hockey left.

Brown's Dynamic Duo

Brown remains in a tie for the final ECAC Hockey playoff spot thanks large in part to Bruno'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 20 in the nation in save percentage. Moore is fourth in the country with a .937 save percentage and stands 11th with a 1.99 GAA. Jamieson is 25th with a 2.66 GAA and 19th with a .922 save percentage.

A Long Road Trip

The Bears went on their longest road trip of the season on February 3rd and 4th, traveling to Upstate New York to take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Despite the taking on two teams that were receiving votes in the latest national polls, the Bears took Clarkson to overtime before falling 4-3, and were just edged by St. Lawrence, 3-1.

Ranked Foes at Meehan

The Bears hosted No. 10/10 Dartmouth and No. 8/9 Harvard on January 27 and 28th, and despite skating well, Brown was topped 3-1 and 3-0. Bruno actually led against the Big Green, scoring the first goal of the game, but Dartmouth quickly answered with two scores in the first period. Brown continued to battle, but an empty net goal for the Big Green sealed the win. The Bears ran into ECAC Goalie of the Week Laura Bellamy against Harvard and were blanked, 3-0.

Rookie Hat Trick

Brown moved back to .500 overall on Tuesday night at Meehan Auditorium, behind the strength of rookie forward Sarah Robson's (Mississauga, Ontario) first career hat trick. Robson tallied the first goal of the game in the initial period before adding two in the third, the final on a power play, to push Brown  to a 4-1 win over Yale. Robson, along with the rest of the Bears offense was on point during Tuesday night's contest. Brown totaled 45 shots on the night, including 25 (a season high) in the second period.

All Alone In Eighth

Brown had a successful road-trip on January 20 and 21, in the capital of New York, boasting a three-point weekend while taking over sole possession of the final playoff spot in the ECAC. On Friday, the Bears came from behind twice, as sophomore Jess Hoyle's (Toronto, Ontario) goal with 1:57 left in regulation helped Brown to a 2-2 tie against Union. Bruno enjoyed a late-game goal against RPI as well, when junior Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) netted the game-winning score on a power play goal with just over six minutes to play in regulation.

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.

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 forwardVika 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.

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.