Men's Hockey to Face Yale Saturday Night in New Haven
This Weekend: The Bears face Yale in their only
game this week and will wrap up the regular-season series with the
Bulldogs looking for their first win over Yale in 11 tries. Brown's
only win over Yale with the current class of seniors came during
their freshman season; a 3-2 overtime win in December of 2006.
Since then, Yale has reeled off 10 straight wins, including a 6-5
overtime victory earlier this season.
Last Time Out: Brown dropped a 9-4 decision to Dartmouth last Friday, in the first meeting between the two schools this season. The Big Green got out to a 3-0 first-period lead and extended that lead to 4-0 before junior Harry Zolnierczyk got the Bears on the board. Another Dartmouth goal made it 5-1 at the end of two periods, but freshman Marc Senecal scored Brown's second of the night 11 seconds into the third for a 5-2 score. The two teams combined for three more goals over the next three-and-a-half minutes, with Dartmouth answering every Brown score with a goal of its own. After the Big Green held an 8-3 lead with 5:46 remaining, Zolnierczyk scored his second of the night and first career power play goal to cut the lead in half. Dartmouth would add its own power play marker with 2:09 left for the 9-4 final. Sophomore Jack
Maclellan also scored in the loss, while sophomore Mike Clemente (17) and senior Dan Rosen (14) combined for 31 saves.
Coming Up: Brown closes out a stretch of six straight road games next weekend with a trip to the North Country on January 22nd and 23rd. The games at Clarkson and St. Lawrence also mark the return of regular weekend (Friday-Saturday) games for the Bears, who will have played just a single game in the two weekends prior to the trip . Following the trip to the North Country, Brown
returns home for a pair of League games against RPI and Union on January 29th and 30th, its first home games since December 8th.
This Date Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 5-7-1 in games played on January 16th. The Bears are 2-6-0 in away games and 3-1-1 in home games played on this date. In addition, Brown is 0-2-0 against Yale in games played on January 16th, falling 3-2 (ot) in 1954 and 10-1 in 1929.
Brown vs. Yale: Yale leads the all-time series with Brown, which dates back to the 1897-1898 season, by an 86-69-8 margin, including five straight wins last year and 10 straight wins dating back to December 9, 2006 when Brown earned a 3-2 overtime win. Senior Jordan Pietrus is Brown's statistical leader against the Bulldogs with 7 points (3g, 4a) in 10 career games, while senior Devin Timberlake (2g, 2a) and junior Harry Zolnierczyk (2g, 2a) both have four points in eight career games.
Scouting Yale: The Bulldogs are 2-1-1 in 2010 and enter Saturday night's game following Tuesday night's 3-2 loss at Harvard. Yale opened the year with a 6-1 victory over Ferris State in the first round of the Badger Showdown and then tied host Wisconsin, 2-2, in the Championship game. A 4-2 victory over Dartmouth last Sunday stretched Yale's unbeaten streak to 5 games (4-0-1), dating back to a 7-4 win over Quinnipiac on December 4th. The streak was snapped in Tuesday's loss to the Crimson, which saw Harvard score three second-period goals to erase a 1-0 deficit. Yale is led by sophomore Brian O'Neill, who has 20 points (8g, 12a) in 16 games, while junior Broc Little (12g, 6a) and senior Sean Backman (11g, 7a) both have 18 points in 16 games. Senior Thomas Dignard (4g, 13a), freshman Andrew Miller (16g, 3a), senior Mark Arcobello (5g, 9a), and junior Denny Kearney (5g, 9a) have all also reached double digits in scoring. Yale goaltending duties have mostly been split between three goalies with freshmen Nick Maricic (373:59) and Jeff Malcom (358:32) seeing the majority of the time. Maricic leads the Bulldogs with a .909 save percentage, while Malcom leads the team with a 2.18 GAA.