PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's hockey Head Coach Amy Bourbeau has announced the Bears' 29-game schedule for the 2014-15 season, which features a 22-game ECAC slate, 10 Ivy League contests and seven non-conference battles.
Brown's 51st season begins with an eight-game home stand, including a season-opening exhibition tilt against ECAC and Ivy League rival Princeton on Oct. 18. The first official puck drop of the regular season is on Oct. 24 for the first of back-to-back non-league games against RIT. Brown split with the Tigers last season, prevailing in the second game with a 2-1 overtime victory powered by Maddie Woo's (Plymouth, Minn.) game-winner and a courageous 54-save performance by goalie Aubree Moore '14.
ECAC play kicks off at home against defending national champion Clarkson on Oct. 31 and St. Lawrence on Nov. 1. The Bears skated to a 1-1 tie versus the Golden Knights in the opening meeting last season, relying on another spectacular effort in net by Moore to the tune of 53 saves. Brown would score a season-high four goals in a 4-2 victory over the Saints that saw Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) fire in a pair of markers for the first multiple-goal game of her career.
A stint of three non-league games pits Brown against UConn (Nov. 4) and Maine (Nov. 7-8) before the Bears hit the road for an Ivy League showdown at Cornell (Nov. 14) and ECAC action at Colgate (Nov. 15). Brown fought to a 1-1 draw against the Huskies and a 3-3 tie at Maine last year to account for two of the team's five stalemates.
November comes to a close with back-to-back games against crosstown rival Providence, highlighted by the annual Mayor's Cup at Meehan Auditorium on Nov. 28. Brown clutched the Cup for two straight seasons but the Friars snatched it back in 2013 with a 3-2 overtime decision at Schneider Arena. The Bears then cap the calendar year with ECAC contests at Rensselaer (Dec. 5) and Union (Dec. 6) before a month-long holiday break. Brown assembled a weekend sweep of the Engineers and the Dutchwomen last season, including a 51-save shutout by Moore against RPI.
Conference play resumes on Jan. 2-3 when Ivy League foes Harvard and Dartmouth trek to College Hill, followed by ECAC scuffles at Quinnipiac (Jan. 9) and Princeton (Jan. 10). Three home games bring Colgate (Jan. 16), Cornell (Jan. 17) and Yale (Jan. 23) to visit the Bears, followed by a trip to New Haven, Conn., on Jan. 24 to complete the home-and-home against the Bulldogs.
January wraps up at St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Jan. 30-31 before the Bears close their road slate at Dartmouth and Harvard on Feb. 6-7. Four straight home bouts finish the regular season as Brown hosts Union (Feb. 13), Rensselaer (Feb. 14), Princeton (Feb. 20) and Quinnipiac (Feb. 21).