PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's ice hockey team (1-5-0, 1-5-0 ECAC) returns to Meehan Auditorium this weekend for a two game series against the Rochester Institute of Technology (4-4-2, 1-2-2 CHA), their first non-conference competition of the 2012-2013 season. The two schools have not met since February of 1995, when the Bears triumphed, 7-0, at Ritter Arena in Rochester, New York. Friday's game will be the first of three home contests for Brown before they end the month of November with a trip to Canada to face the University of Montreal and McGill.
The Bears will take on the Tigers at Meehan at 7:00pm on Friday, before returning to the ice for a 4:00pm puck drop on Saturday afternoon. Brown fans who would like to follow the action from home can do so with live stats or video, both of which can be accessed through the women's ice hockey schedule page on brownbears.com.
Last Time Out: In spite of two defeats, Brown was invigorated by aggressive play and offensive success against St. Lawrence and Clarkson and will look to snap a four-game loosing streak with the home ice advantage. Playing three of their first six games against ranked opponents, the Bears have been tested early, exhibiting their defensive prowess while looking to find their offensive stride. Sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) netted each of Brown's goals this past weekend, and she currently leads the team in both points and goals scored. Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) has added two assists to the team's offensive totals, while seven other players have contributed a point. Junior Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) and senior Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) continue to split time in net, each with three games under her belt. Moore currently ranks third in the league with a .949 save percentage and sixth with a .135 GAA, while Jamieson is sixth with a save percentage of .936 and eighth with a 2.34 GAA.
Brown vs. RIT
Series record: 5-3-1, Brown
Current streak: Brown, 3 wins
First meeting: 1/16/88 (RIT, 7-1)
Last Brown win: 2/5/95 (7-0)
Last RIT win: 2/8/92 (4-2)
Last tie: 1/14/90 (1-1)
Coach Bourbeau vs. RIT: 0-0-0
A Look at RIT: The Tigers played their first two contests in the month of November last weekend, loosing to the Colgate Raiders, 2-1, at Starr Rink in Hamilton, New York before skating to a 2-2 tie with the Syracuse Orange on home ice. Carly Payerl (3g, 4a) and Ariane Yokoyama (1g, 6a) currently lead the team in scoring, both with seven points, while Kim Schlattman has netted five goals, a team high. Three additional players have tallied six points on the season, and scoring is widespread, with eleven skaters notching at least one goal. Two goaltenders split time in net for RIT, with Laura Chamberlain making four starts and Ali Binnington beginning five games between the pipes. Chamberlain has made 101 saves for a GAA of 2.63 and a .902 save percentage, while Binnington has stopped 120 pucks for a 2.19 GAA and an identical .902 save percentage.
Looking Ahead: The Bears will return to the ice on Friday, November 23rd when they take on the Providence College Friars in the annual Mayor's Cup game. The cross-town rivals will play at Meehan Auditorium, with the puck set to drop at 7:00pm.