December 7, 2009

Mike Clemente Named ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week

PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown men's hockey sophomore goalie Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) has been named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week for the week ending December 6. With the honor, it marks the third straight week that a Brown player has received one of the three League awards, as freshman Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) was named Rookie of the Week on November 23 and junior Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) was named Player of the Week on November 30.

Clemente was instrumental in leading the Bears to a 3-0-0 week, with wins over Harvard (4-1), Princeton (3-1), and #4 Quinnipiac (2-1). Clemente stopped 100 of 103 shots in the three games, while allowing just a single goal in each game. Brown held 2-1 leads late in all three games and Clemente's late-game composure was critical to the Bears' success, especially against both Harvard and Quinnipiac, which both held a two-player advantage for the final minute of play.

On Tuesday against Harvard, he made 43 saves on 43 shots, including all 18 in the first period, allowing Brown to take a 1-0 lead in the game. On Friday against Princeton, he made 36 saves on 37 shots, including all 21 he faced during the first two periods, while helped Brown take a 2-0 lead into the final period. On Saturday night against the fourth-ranked Bobcats, Clemente needed to make just 22 saves, thanks in large part to the aggressive play of the Bears' defense, which blocked an additional 16 shots. Most impressive in that game as the fact that the Bobcats came in averaging four goals-per-game. Clemente became the first goalie this season to limit Quinnipiac to less than three goals, as the Bobcats had scored at least there goals in each of their previous 14 games.

For the week, Clemente posted a 1.00 GAA and a .971 save percentage, while helping Brown move from 12th in the ECAC to its current position of 7th. In 11 games, he currently has a 2.79 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

Brown returns to action tomorrow night, Tuesday December 8, when it hosts AIC in a 7:00 p.m. non-league contest. It is Brown's final game of the semester and final home game until January 29th. It also marks the final game for Brown's toy drive. Any fan that brings a new, unwrapped toy to the game will receive one free ticket per toy donated.