Feb. 25, 2005
Providence, RI - The women's ice hockey team (12-13-2, 9-8-1) will play in their final home weekend series Friday February 25 and Saturday February 26. The Bears will take on Vermont and #3 Dartmouth with playoff seedings at stake. Saturday's game against Dartmouth will mark the final home competition for Brown's five graduating seniors Katie Guay, Jessica Link, Amy McLaughlin, Krissy McManus and Kerry Nugent. The five will be recognized shortly after Saturday's match-up with the Big Green.
Coming into this final weekend senior Jessica Link (Clifton Park, NY) has settled back into her point scoring ways, leading the Bears with 23 points on ten assists and a team leading 13 goals. Link had a strong showing in the game against #5 St. Lawrence last weekend netting the tying and winning goal to hand the Saints their first home loss of the season. Freshman O'Hara Shipe (Anchorage, AK) was a wall in net for Brown recording 26 saves and stopping two key breakaways to preserve the win for the Bears.
The ECACHL playoff picture is still unclear, only having spots four and eight clinched by Yale and Clarkson. Dartmouth, Harvard and St. Lawrence will all be battling for the top three spots in the conference while Brown, Princeton and Colgate try to gain leverage in the 5-6-7 spots. If Princeton sweeps Union and both Brown and Colgate win out, then Princeton finishes fifth, Colgate sixth and Brown seventh due to head-to-head results between the three teams. If just Princeton and Brown win out, then Princeton gets the No. 5 seed based on superior head-to-head results. If just Princeton and Colgate win out, then Colgate gets the No. 5 seed based on a superior record against the top four seeds. If Brown and Colgate finish tied below or above Princeton in the standings, then Brown wins the tiebreaker based on a better record against the top four.
The Bears split the weekend series with Vermont and Dartmouth earlier this month dropping to Dartmouth 6-3 and beating Vermont 1-0.