PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's ice hockey team (2-8-1, 2-6-0 ECAC) returns to Meehan Auditorium this weekend for the first time since they defended the Mayor's Cup in a 2-2 tie with the Providence College Friars on Friday, November 23, as they take on the University of Maine (2-14-1, 1-8-0 Hockey East) in a two-game series. Saturday's game marks the eleventh time that the two schools have competed, with Brown leading the overall series, 7-1-2. The teams squared off for the first time on February 19, 1999, with Brown skating to a 10-0 victory on home ice, and Maine's sole win over the Bears occurred at Alfond Arena on March 4, 2001, with the Black Bears grabbing a narrow, 3-2 victory. After a six-year hiatus, the teams played a two-game series in Orono last season, tying both contests, 4-4 and 0-0.
The Bears will take on the Black Bears at Meehan at 2:00pm on Saturday, before returning to the ice at the same time for the puck drop on Sunday 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.
Brown vs. Maine
Series record: 7-1-2, Brown
Current streak: two ties
First meeting: 2/19/99 (Brown, 10-0)
Last Brown win: 10/29/04 (3-0)
Last Maine win: 3/4/01 (3-2)
Last tie: 11/19/11 (0-0)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Maine: 0-0-2
A Look at Brown: The Bears ended their first semester of competition on a high note, triumphing over ECAC foe Union, 1-0, in junior goaltender Aubree Moore's (Bowie, MD) first career shutout, and will look to keep the positive momentum flowing in the new year as they embark upon their final non-league contests of the 2012-2013 season. After suffering a 3-0 loss to the Rensselaer Engineers the night before, junior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) scored the game's lone goal while Moore was unstoppable in net to power the Bears to their second league win of the season over the Union Dutchwomen. Co-captains Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) and Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) lead the team in scoring with four points each, while sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) has scored three goals and classmate Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) has notched three assists, both team highs. Defensively, Moore has played seven games in net for the Bears, making four consecutive starts since November 17. She has stopped 181 of the 191 shots that she has faced, for an impressive 1.44 GAA and a save percentage of .948. Currently, Moore ranks third in the country and league in save percentage, while her GAA places her fourth in the ECAC and sixth in Division I hockey. As a squad, the Bears are putting up impressive numbers in several categories, ranking eighth in the country in scoring defense and tenth in the penalty kill.
A Look at Maine: The Black Bears travel to Providence in the midst of a seven game losing streak, most recently dropping a pair of close contests to the Union Dutchwomen, 4-3 and 3-2. Senior Brittany Dougherty leads the team in total points, goals and assists, tallying 17 points (8g, 9a) in the first semester. Freshman Audra Richards has scored three power play goals, a team-high, and ranks second in points with nine (5g, 4a). Three different goalies have spent time between the pipes, with senior Brittany Ott making ten starts. In her twelve total appearances she has made 360 saves for a save percentage of .902 and allowed 39 goals for a GAA of 3.99. Freshman Meghann Treacy has also spent considerable time in net, earning a GAA of 3.84 and a save percentage of .886 in eight games.
Looking Ahead: After concluding non-league play this weekend, the Bears will look to climb the ECAC rankings when the Clarkson Golden Knights and the St. Lawrence Saints come to Rhode Island. Brown will take on Clarkson at 7:00pm on Friday, January 11 before facing off against St. Lawrence at 4:00pm on Saturday, January 12.