Bears and Crimson Set to Clash Tonight

Tonight: After a two-game hiatus from ECAC Hockey action, Brown will face Harvard in a League game this evening, the Bears' final road contest of the semester. The game also marks the start of a tough stretch where Brown will play 4 games in a span of 8 days to close out the 2009 calendar year.

Last Time Out: Brown stormed out to a 5-0 first-period lead and never looked back en route to an 8-1 win over UConn on Saturday night. Junior Jesse Fratkin led six different goal scorers with his first career hat trick, while freshmen Francis Drolet and Marc Senecal each scored their first career goals. Senior Sean McMonagle, sophomore Jack Maclellan, and freshman Chris Zaires also scored in the victory. Brown spread the assisting around as well, led by senior Devin Timberlake with three, his first career multi-assist game. Juniors Jeremy Russell and Sean Connauton, and Zaires all added two assists, while senior Jordan Pietrus, juniors Harry Zolnierczyk and Tyler Fernandez, sophomore Bobby Farnham, freshman Richie Crowley, and Maclellan all added one assist. For Connauton, Fernandez, and Crowley it was their first career points, while Farnham picked up his first point of the season. Sophomore Mike Clemente picked up his first win of the season with 24 saves, including 12 in the first period.

Coming Up: Brown will close out the semester with three home games in five days. The Bears host Princeton and #4 Quinnipiac on Friday and Saturday night, before hosting AIC in a non-league tilt on Tuesday, Decemebr 8.

This Date Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown has played 14 total games on December 1st and has posted a 6-7-1 record. The Bears are 4-5-0 in home games played on 12/1 and 2-2-1 in away games played on this date.

Brown vs. Harvard: Brown and Harvard have met 154 times, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 102-40-12. Brown won the very first meeting between the two schools in the oldest active collegiate hockey rivalry, winning 6-0, in 1898 on a flooded baseball field in Dorchester, MA. Brown is 4-1-3 in the past eight meetings, including a 2-0-2 record last season with a pair of shutouts (1-0 and 2-0) in the ECAC First Round series. The wins in the playoffs marked the first time in Harvard's 109-year history that the Crimson had been shutout in back-to-back games by an American University. Harvard's last win in the series came on February 23, 2008 when the Crimson earned a 2-1 victory in Cambridge. Brown was 1-0-1 during the 2006-07 campaign. Senior Aaron Volpatti is Brown's statistical leader against Harvard with 5 points (1g, 4a) in 7 career games, while senior Jordan Pietrus (1g, 2a) and junior Jeremy Russell (3a) each add three points.

Scouting Harvard: After opening the season with a 5-3 victory over Dartmouth, Harvard has gone 0-6-2 in its last eight games, including dropping its past two, 6-5 to BU and 6-2 to Dartmouth. The Crimson are led by junior Michael Biega with 10 points (3g, 7a), while sophomore Alex Killorn (5g, 4a) and freshman Louis Leblanc (3g, 6a) are tied for second on the team with 9 points. 10 other players have tallied at least one point, while 7 other players have scored at least one goal. Junior Kyle Richter has seen the majority of time in net (365:14) and has posted a 3.94 GAA and a .893 save percentage. Junior Ryan Carroll has also seen significant time between the pipes (179:36) and has a 4.34 GAA with a .856 save percentage.

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