PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – In spite of the impending blizzard, the Brown women's ice hockey team (4-16-1, 3-13-0 ECAC) will take on the Dartmouth Big Green (12-7-4, 7-6-3 ECAC) in an evening contest at Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire. The ECAC game is a crucial in determining the Bears' ability to continue into the post-season, as the team currently sits in 11th place in the league standings, four points shy of the final play-off spot.
Brown will take on Dartmouth at 5:00pm on Friday, two hours earlier than originally scheduled due to the anticipated snow accumulation. 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 enter the evening on the heels of a tough road series, as the squad fell to Quinnipiac, 5-0, and Princeton, 6-1, in its games last weekend. Brown's last victory took place at Meehan Auditorium on Saturday, January 19, when the team beat the Yale Bulldogs, 2-1. Senior co-captain Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) currently leads the team in both scoring and goals, with 12 points on seven goals and five assists, but she will not be making the trip to New Hampshire, as she is currently fulfilling duties with the Czech Republic's National Team. Her classmate and co-captain Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal), has tallied ten points on the season, scoring the Bears' lone goal last weekend to bring her season-total to five. Junior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) is the team's most prolific helper, contributing six assists. Brown depends equally upon two goalies, as junior Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) and senior Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) have each started several games in net. Moore has made 327 saves to accumulate a .916 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA in 12 starts, while Jamieson has stopped 245 shots to build a save percentage of .901 and a GAA of 3.17 in nine starts. Defensively, junior Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) leads the team in blocked shots, keeping an impressive 35 attempts from ever reaching the net.
Brown vs. Dartmouth:
Series Record: 39-29-8, Dartmouth
Current streak: Dartmouth, thirteen wins
First meeting: 1/13/79 (Brown, 4-3)
Last Brown win: 3/3/06 (4-2)
Last Dartmouth win: 11/3/12 (1-0 OT)
Last tie: 2/4/06 (3-3)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Dartmouth: 0-3-0
The Last Time Out Vs. Dartmouth: The Bears and the Big Green have not met since the early weeks of the season, when Dartmouth earned a 1-0 win at Meehan Auditorium on November 3, 2012. After a hard-fought but scoreless first period, Dartmouth capitalized on a power play opportunity to score the game-winning goal at 15:01 into the second period. Just eight seconds into the Bears' penalty, the Big Green's Camille Dumais found the back of the net, shooting on a rebound before Moore could get back to the post. Sasha Nanji was credited with the assist on the goal. Moore made 22 saves in the loss, while Dartmouth's Katie Milligan stopped all 19 of the shots that she faced.
A Look at Dartmouth: The Big Green have hit a bit of a rough stretch in the season, entering the weekend with either a loss or a tie in their last four contests. Most recently, the team skated to a 2-2 tie with Harvard on Friday, February 1 in Hanover, New Hampshire. Senior Reagan Fischer leads the team in scoring with 24 points and her 13 goals are also a team-high. Classmate Camille Dumais is right on her heels with 23 points on 12 goals and 11 assists, while freshman Laura Stacey has notched a team-high of 13 assists. Junior Lindsay Holdcroft has played between the pipes in 21 of Dartmouth's contests, making 462 saves for a save percentage of .908 and a GAA of 2.19.
Snow Storm Shakes Things Up: Brown was originally scheduled to travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts after this evening's contest to take on the Harvard Crimson, but the game has been moved to Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00pm due to Winter Storm Nemo. Prior to that game, the Bears will welcome the Union Dutchwomen and the Rensselaer Engineers to Meehan Auditorium for two ECAC contests. Brown will face-off against Union at 7:00pm on Friday, February 15 before taking on Rensselaer at 4:00pm on Saturday, February 16.