PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After a wild opening weekend that saw freshman Maddie Woo (Plymouth, Mass.) score the overtime game winner and senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) make a career-high 54 saves against RIT, the Brown women's ice hockey team is primed to start ECAC Hockey play at No. 5/5 Clarkson on Friday at 7 p.m. The Bears then finish their trip to the North Country at St. Lawrence on Saturday at 3 p.m.
LIVE VIDEO BROADCASTS
Both of this weekend's contests will feature live streaming video. Clarkson will provide pay-per-view coverage via America One Sports, while the St. Lawrence stream will be broadcast live in HD.
LAST TIME OUT
Brown split a non-conference series last weekend against the Tigers of RIT at Ritter Arena to start the 2013-14 season with a 1-1 record. The Bears dropped Friday's season opener despite a second period goal by junior Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) and 32 saves by Moore. Brown returned the favor the following day, however, and topped the Tigers 2-1 after Woo snuck in the deciding marker 3:13 into overtime on assists from freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.) and senior Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario). Moore stood on her head to make 54 saves, a mark that stands as the third-highest single game total in the country so far this season.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The Golden Knights of Clarkson enter the week ranked fifth in the country in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls. The preseason favorites to win the ECAC, Clarkson stands at 6-2-1 overall and 1-1 in ECAC action after falling to No. 3/4 Cornell, 6-3, and topping Colgate, 2-0, over the weekend. The Golden Knights roared out of the gate with five straight wins to start the season, including a 12-1 trouncing of RIT on opening day.
Senior Carly Mercer is Clarkson's top point-getter so far with 13 points on four goals and a team-best nine assists, while sophomore Erin Ambrose is the leading goal scorer with seven markers, four of which came on power play opportunities. Twelve different players have scored goals for the offensively-diverse Golden Knights to help them outscore opponents 33-14 and hold the ECAC's third-best goals-per-game average of 3.67.
Senior goaltender Erica Howe has stood between the pipes for all but 20 minutes this season and proves hard to beat with a .931 save percentage and 1.49 goals against average. Howe's two shutouts are tied for fourth in the nation, while her goals against clip ranks seventh in the country.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
St. Lawrence holds a 2-6 record overall and 1-1 mark in conference play after dropping three of its last four games. The Saints defeated Colgate, 3-0, in their ECAC debut last Friday but then dropped a 6-4 slugfest to the Big Red of Cornell the following day. Three players in Mel Descrochers, Rylee Smith and Brooke Webster share the team lead with three goals each, while Dayle Wikinson paces the Saints with eight points on two goals and six assists.
In net, sophomore Giulia Mazzocchi has seen most of the time with five starts and six appearances. Mazzocchi has racked up 143 saves for a .899 percentage while allowing 3.12 goals per game, but has yet to enter the win column with a 0-5-0 record. Junior goalie Carmen MacDonald protected the net for both St. Lawrence wins en route to a 2-1-0 record and holds a 3.07 goals against average.
Head Coach Amy Bourbeau seeks her first win against each opponent at the helm of the Bears, having surrendered to the Golden Knights and Saints four times each since the 2011-12 season.
Brown is 4-13-1 overall against Clarkson dating back to Nov. 19, 2004. The Bears prevailed, 2-1, in the inaugural meeting but have lost five straight games since last topping the Golden Knights, 1-0, on Jan. 12, 2007. Last season, Brown went toe-to-toe with the NCAA Tournament participants and twice took the 28-game winners to the brink en route to 2-1 losses.
In the 43rd meeting between the two squads, the Bears look to change their recent fortunes against the Saints after losing 18 consecutive contests. Harking back to Jan. 13, 1984, when St. Lawrence out-dueled Brown in a wild 7-6 overtime showdown, Brown has not beaten the Saints since winning 3-0 in the ECAC Quarterfinals on Mar. 4, 2004. Most recently, the Bears fell 4-1 at St. Lawrence before surrendering 4-3 at home. Junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) scored a goal in each of last year's setbacks and has potted a team-best five goals between this weekend's opponents over her career.
Brown hits the ice at Meehan Auditorium for the first time this season when the Bears host No. 8/9 Quinnipiac on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Fans who can't make it to the game can watch live video at Brownbears.tv.