Brown Hits the Road for Games Against Quinnipiac and Princeton
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's ice hockey team (4-14-1, 3-11-0 ECAC) will begin its final stretch of regular-season road games this weekend, traveling to face the Quinnipiac Bobcats (14-9-2, 8-5-1 ECAC) and the Princeton Tigers (7-12-2, 2-10-2 ECAC), the only two ECAC teams that the Bears have yet to face this season. With just eight contests left to determine each team's play-off fate, the fight for the eighth and final spot continues to heat up. Brown and Princeton, each with six points, are currently tied for tenth place in the league, just a point behind Yale and Colgate, while Quinnipiac sits solidly in fifth place.
The Bears will travel to Hamden, Connecticut to take on the Bobcats at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center at 7:00pm on Friday. On Saturday, the team will head to Princeton, New Jersey for a 4:00pm face-off against the Tigers at Hobey Baker Rink. 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.
A Look at Brown: The Bears played impressive hockey but ultimately fell to Colgate, 4-3, and #4 Cornell, 4-2, in two home contests at Meehan Auditorium last weekend. While the team struggled offensively in the first semester, scoring has become much more prolific in the new year. Senior co-captain Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) currently leads the team in both goals and total points, contributing seven goals and five assists for 12 points. Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal), also a senior co-captain, has tallied 9 points (4g, 5a) on the season, while Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) and Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) have each notched three goals and five assists for eight points. Junior Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) and senior Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) have split time between the pipes for the Bears this season, with Moore starting in 11 games and Jamieson taking that role in the other eight. Moore has made 301 saves for a GAA of 2.12 and a save percentage of .926, while Jamieson has stopped 212 shots for a GAA of 2.92 and a save percentage of .906. Junior Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) continues to lead the team in blocked shots, keeping 33 attempts from ever reaching the net.
Brown vs. Quinnipiac
Series record: 5-6-3, Quinnipiac
Current streak: Quinnipiac, one win
First meeting: 11/18/03 (Brown, 10-1)
Last Brown win: 2/21/09 (3-1)
Last Quinnipiac win: 12/2/11 (3-0)
Last tie: 11/5/11 (1-1)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Quinnipiac: 0-1-1
A Look at Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac enters this weekend on the heels of two non-league wins over Robert Morris, as the Bobcats earned a 2-1 victory on January 18 and a 3-2 triumph on January 19. The team has two prolific scorers, with Kelly Babstock leading the way in both total points and goals. The junior has tallied 43 points on 25 goals and 21 assists, while sophomore Nicole Kosta rounds out the duo with 33 points on 10 goals and a team-high 23 assists. Senior Victoria Vigilanti and sophomore Chelsea Laden have both seen time in net for the Bobcats, with Vigilanti starting in 20 of the team's games. She has made 394 saves for a GAA of 2.37 and a save percentage of .895, while Laden has stopped 136 shots for a GAA of 2.97 and a save percentage of .895.
Brown vs. Princeton
Series record: 32-39-2, Princeton
Current streak: Princeton, four wins
First meeting: 2/18/75 (Brown, 2-1)
Last Brown win: 2/19/10 (4-3)
Last Princeton win: 12/3/11 (3-0)
Last tie: 2/9/08 (2-2)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Princeton: 0-2-0
A Look at Princeton: After taking a lengthy hiatus for exams, the Tigers played a non-league contest on Tuesday night, triumphing over Penn State, 3-0. Corey Stearns currently leads the team in scoring, contributing four goals and 19 assists for a total of 23 points, while Kelly Cooke has added a team-high 11 goals and six assists for 17 points. Sally Butler and Brianna Leahy have also scored in the double-digits, registering 12 and 10 points respectively. Kimberly Newell has started in net for 18 of Princeton's games, making 543 saves for a GAA of 3.14 and a save percentage of .910.
Looking Ahead: The Bears will play their final two road games of the regular season next weekend, competing in two crucial ECAC and Ivy League contests. Brown travels to Hanover, New Hampshire on Friday, February 8 to take on the Dartmouth Big Green at 7:00pm before heading to Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday, February 9 to skate against the Harvard Crimson at 3:00pm.