PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – After closing out their non-league schedule with two games against the University of Maine Black Bears last weekend, the Brown women's ice hockey team (3-9-1, 2-6-0 ECAC) continues their quest for a playoff berth with home contests against #5/6 Clarkson (15-5-0, 7-1-0 ECAC) and St. Lawrence (11-8-1, 6-2-0 ECAC). With just seven weeks remaining in the regular season, the Golden Knights sit in fourth place in the league, just two points ahead of the Saints who are holding on to the fifth spot with 12 points. The Bears are currently tied for ninth with the Colgate Raiders, as both teams earned four points in the 2012 portion of the season.
Brown will take on Clarkson at Meehan Auditorium at 7:00pm on Friday before squaring off against St. Lawrence at 4:00pm on Saturday. Brown fans who would like to follow the action from home can do so with live stats, audio or video, all of which can be accessed through the women's ice hockey schedule page at brownbears.com. Additionally, fans can follow the team on twitter at BrownWHockey for in-game updates over the course of the weekend.
A Look at Brown: In the first half of the season, the Bears played a total of eight ECAC games, finishing 2012 with a 1-0 win over the Union Dutchwomen and a league record of 2-6-0. They played three games against ranked opponents, falling by a slim margin each time out. This weekend marks the start of 14 consecutive league games, and Brown enters the stretch on the heels of a weekend split with the University of Maine Black Bears. After falling, 4-2, last Saturday afternoon, the Bears rallied to capture a 6-5 win on Sunday. Senior co-captain Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) leads the team in scoring with seven points, contributing three goals and four assists to Brown's offensive efforts. Sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) has tallied four goals, while classmate Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) has contributed four assists, both team highs. In total, 15 players have notched at least one point. Senior Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) and junior Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) have stood tall in net, turning in performances that rank among the top-10 in the league. Jamieson has made 150 saves in five starts for a save percentage of .915 and a GAA of 2.80. Moore has stopped 202 shots in eight games for a save percentage of .935 and a GAA of 1.76. The Bears' penalty kill unit, ranked 10th in the country, continues to be impressive, allowing only seven power play goals in 48 opportunities.
Brown vs. Clarkson
Series record: 10-7-1, Clarkson
Current streak: Clarkson, four wins
First meeting: 2/1/80 (Brown, 5-4)
Last Brown win: 1/12/07 (1-0)
Last Clarkson win: 11/10/12 (2-1)
Last tie: 11/19/10 (1-1)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Clarkson: 0-3-0
The Last Time Out Vs. Clarkson: The Bears fell to the Golden Knights, 2-1, in their first match-up of the season, a November 10 game at Cheel Arena. Carly Mercer scored both goals for Clarkson, finding the back of the net in the first period and registering the game winning goal in the second period, while Shelby Nisbet notched two assists. Robson, assisted by Brittany Moorehead, netted the Bears' lone goal to tie the game, 1-1, at 4:39 in the second, but the squad was unable to get another one past Erica Howe, who made16 saves to earn the win. Moore played 58:37 between the pipes for Brown, stopping 27 shots.
A Look at Clarkson: This weekend marks Clarkson's return to ECAC play, as its last league contest, a 2-1 loss to the Colgate Raiders, took place on December 1. The Golden Knights, ranked 5/6 in the country, arrive in Providence after losing two games to Hockey East competitors, falling to Boston College, 5-1, on January 3 and Northeastern, 4-3, on January 4. Junior Jamie Lee Rattray leads the team in scoring and goals, tallying 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points on the season, while classmate Carly Mercer has nine goals and a team high 20 assists as the Golden Knights' second leading scorer. Junior goaltender Erica Howe has played all but one game between the pipes, stopping 461 of the 496 shots she has faced to earn a save percentage of .929 and a GAA of 1.85.
Brown vs. St. Lawrence
Series record: 25-22-2, St. Lawrence
Current streak: St. Lawrence, 17 wins
First meeting: 1/13/84 (St. Lawrence, 7-6)
Last Brown win: 3/4/05 (3-0)
Last St. Lawrence win: 11/9/12 (4-1)
Last tie: 1/18/03 (5-5)
Coach Bourbeau vs. St. Lawrence: 0-3-0
The Last Time Out Vs. St. Lawrence: On November 9, Brown fell to St. Lawrence, 4-1, in the teams' first match-up of the season, held at Appleton Arena. The Bears played hard for 60 minutes of action, but couldn't find an answer to the Saints' prolific offense. Amanda Boulier got St. Lawrence on the board just over a minute into the game, while Rylee Smith and Abbey McRae opened up the Saints' lead with their own goals in the first half of the second period. Brown's Sarah Robson closed the gap with her second goal of the weekend at 13:07 of the third, but an empty net goal by Sydney Bell cemented the win for St. Lawrence. Jamieson made 32 saves in net for Brown, while the Saints out shot the Bears, 36-25.
A Look at St. Lawrence: The Saints travel to College Hill for their first ECAC game since December 1, when they fell to Cornell, 4-2. More recently, they squared off against two Hockey East teams, grabbing a 6-0 win over Northeastern on January 3 before falling to Boston College, 4-3, in overtime on January 4, performances that earned them votes in the latest US College Hockey polls. Senior Kelly Sabatine is the team's leading scorer, contributing 24 points on a team high 11 goals and 13 assists. Boulier, the second leading scorer with 22 points, has assisted on a team high 19 goals for the Saints. Defensively, sophomore Carmen MacDonald has played 18 games in net for St. Lawrence, stopping 432 of the 475 shots that she has faced for a save percentage of .909 and a GAA of 2.52.
Looking Ahead: This weekend marks the start of 14 consecutive games against ECAC foes for Brown as they race to the playoffs. Next week the Bears will play a home-and-home series against the Yale Bulldogs, traveling to New Haven for a 7:00pm game on Thursday, January 17 before welcoming them to Meehan Auditorium for a 7:00pm contest on Saturday, January 19.