November 5, 2010

Bears Welcome Quinnipiac & Princeton to Meehan for Home Opening Weekend

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Multimedia:
Brown is in its fourth year of a partnership with America One (previously B2 Networks) to handle all video and audio streaming needs. Video and audio, called by Mike Rubin '00, for all 12 of Brown's home games will be streamed live over the internet. In addition, three away games will be shown live via America One. Free audio for all home games and select away games will also available. In addition to Brown's normal audio broadcasts on brownbears.com, six other games will also be broadcast on WPRV AM-790, beginning with this Saturday's contest against Princeton. Other games to air on WPRV AM-790 include both Harvard games, the home game against Yale, and non-league games against UNH and Providence. Video for single games can be purchased for $7, or fans can  buy a season-long hockey pass (all men's & women's games) for $75. Fans can also follow all Brown home games on livestats, available at http://livestats.prestosports.com/brown/

Brendan Whittet '94: Brown alum Brendan Whittet, class of 1994, returns for his second season as Brown's bench boss. A 15-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, Whittet guided the Bears to one of their most successful seasons in recent history in his first season at the helm. Under Whittet's guidance, Brown won 13 games, the most since winning 16 during the 2004-05 season. The Bears improved in nearly every facet of their game offensively, while advancing to the ECAC Hockey Championship Tournament for the first time since 2003. A former defenseman for the Bears, Whittet is the 15th head coach in the 111-year history of the Brown men's hockey program and the 4th Brown hockey alum to coach the team, joining Wescott E.S. Moulton '31 (1948-52), Donald F. Whiston '51 (1953-55), and J. Allan Soares '60 (1971-74).

This Weekend: The Bears open the ECAC Hockey portion of their schedule with a pair of home games against Quinnipiac and Princeton, the only two games to be played at Meehan Auditorium during the month of November. Brown will look to build on its season-opening weekend during which the Bears posted a 2-1 victory over Princeton on Saturday afternoon on the strength of 28 saves from rookie goalie Marco De Filippo and goals from senior Jesse Fratkin and junior Jack Maclellan. Brown has a rare weekend off next weekend and then will hit the road for what will be a challenging four-game stretch to close out the month of November. The Bears face Colgate and Cornell in New York on November 19-20 and then face New Hampshire and Boston University in a pair of non-league games, both on the road, during the week of Thanksgiving.  

All-Time in Home Openers: Since Brown's first season in 1897-98, the Bears are 36-40-5 in home opening games. Brown's last win in a home opener came at the start of the 2007-08 season when the Bears earned a 5-2 victory over Colgate on November 9th. In home opening games played at Meehan Auditorium, Brown is 21-25-3. Quinnipiac has never served as Brown's home opening opponent.   
All-Time Home Opening Results:
2/1/1899: at Brown 2, at Harvard 1
1/14/1900: at Brown 6, MIT 2
1/23/1901: Harvard 1, at Brown 0
1/15/1903: at Brown 7, Hope HS 2
1/7/1905: Hope HS 3, at Brown 2
1/12/27: Yale 9, at Brown 1
12/15/27: at Brown 3, Norwich 1
12/18/28: at Brown 7, Norwich 1
12/20/29: BU 5, at Brown 3
1/9/31: at Brown 3, Middlebury 0
1/4/32: St. Mary's 3, at Brown 0
1/6/33: at Brown 4, UMass 3
12/15/33: at Brown 3, MIT 2
12/14/34: at Brown 4, MIT 2
12/13/35: at Brown 7, MIT 3
12/11/36: at Brown 5, MIT 0
12/10/37: MIT 3, at Brown 2
12/8/38: at Brown 4, MIT 3
12/4/47: Harvard 10, at Brown 5
12/14/48: Harvard 4, at Brown 3
12/6/49: Boston College 7, at Brown 1
11/30/50: at Brown 20, Windsor Hockey 1
1/2/52: US Olympic Team 7, at Brown 1
12/4/52: BU 6, at Brown 5
11/27/53: at Brown 12, Providence 4
12/2/54: at Brown 4, BU 3
12/2/55: at Brown 5, BU 3
11/30/56: BU 8, at Brown 3
12/7/57: at Brown 1, Boston College 1 (ot)
12/5/58: at Brown 3, Tufts 2
12/2/59: Providence 8, at Brown 2
12/6/60: Amherst 5, at Brown 4
MEEHAN AUDITORIUM OPENS
12/2/61: Northeastern 4, at Brown 3
12/1/62: at Brown 7, Bowdoin 3
11/30/63: at Brown 5, Bowdoin 2
12/2/64: BU 3, at Brown 1
12/4/65: at Brown 3, Colby 1
12/7/66: Boston College 6, at Brown 3
11/28/67: at Brown 5, Northeastern 5 (ot)
11/30/68: at Brown 3, Providence 2
12/2/69: at Brown 3, BU 1
12/5/70: at Brown 3, Cornell 2
12/1/71: BU 3, at Brown 0
12/6/72: at Brown 9, Boston College 4
12/1/73: at Brown 4, Princeton 2
11/29/74: Brown 9, at Ohio State 3
12/5/75: at Brown 7, Cornell 2
11/30/76: Boston College 7, at Brown 5
11/22/77: at Brown 8, Princeton 3
11/20/78: St. Lawrence 6, at Brown 2
11/30/79: at Brown 5, Cornell 3
11/23/80: Harvard 5, at Brown 3
12/5/81: at Brown 3, Rensselaer 2
11/21/82: at Brown 10, Army 4
12/3/83: at Brown 4, Harvard 4 (ot)
11/27/84: Yale 4, at Brown 3
11/15/85: at Brown 4, Dartmouth 2
11/21/86: Rensselaer 6, at Brown 4
11/13/87: Harvard 5, at Brown 0
11/18/88: Vermont 7, at Brown 2
11/10/89: at Brown 5, Dartmouth 5 (ot)
11/16/90: Rensselaer 5, at Brown 3
11/22/91: Yale 7, at Brown 6
11/7/92: Harvard 3, at Brown 2
11/7/93: Harvard 5, at Brown 4 (ot)
11/5/94: at Brown 4, Harvard 3
11/4/95: Harvard 7, at Brown 2
11/2/96: Harvard 5, at Brown 3
11/14/97: at Brown 3, Yale 2 (ot)
11/13/98: Colgate 3, at Brown 2
10/30/99: Harvard 1, at Brown 0
11/3/00: Harvard 3, at Brown 0
11/16/01: Colgate 3, at Brown 2
11/2/02: at Brown 4, Harvard 0
11/14/03: at Brown 6, Yale 0
10/29/04: at Brown 2, Harvard 2 (ot)
11/4/05: Colgate 5, at Brown 0
11/3/06: Cornell 3, at Brown 2
11/9/07: at Brown 5, Colgate 2
10/31/08: Princeton 4, at Brown 1
11/13/09: Colgate 5, at Brown 3

Whittet's Home Openers (0-1): 11/13/09 vs. Colgate (L, 5-3)

Last Time Out: The Bears earned a split last weekend at the Ivy Showcase at Yale, falling to the host Bulldogs, 7-4, on Friday, and earning a 2-1 win over Princeton on Saturday. All games count in Brown's overall record, but do not count towards ECAC or Ivy League standings. Brown was led by junior Jack Maclellan, who had four points (1g, 3a) in the two games, including a career-high three assists against Yale and the game-winning goal against Princeton. Senior Harry Zolnierczyk had a three-point weekend (1g, 2a), while freshman Dennis Robertson led Brown with two goals. Senior Jesse Fratkin and junior Jeff Buvinow also had a pair of points over the weekend with a goal and an assist, while freshman Jake Goldberg earned his first career point with an assist on Robertson's first career goal against Yale. In addition to Robertson and Goldberg, six other members of the class of 2014 made their collegiate debuts, including defenseman Matt Wahl, forwards Mike Borge, Garnet Hathaway, Mark Hourihan, and Jimmy Siers, and goalie Marco De Filippo, who made 28 saves on 29 shots in Brown's win over Princeton.  

These Dates Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 1-3-0 in games played on November 5th, including a 1-2-0 record at home. In games played on November 6th, Brown is 1-2-1 all-time, including an 0-1-0 record in games played at home.  

Brown vs. Quinnipiac: Brown and Quinnipiac split the season last year with each team winning at home. The Bears claimed a 2-1 victory in Providence, while the Bobcats earned an 8-3 win in Hamden, marking the second straight year that the two teams split the season series. Quinnipiac leads the all-time series with Brown by an 8-4-0 margin. The Bears and the Bobcats met for the first time at Quinnipiac in January of 2006 with Quinnipiac claiming a 3-2 win in overtime. Brown earned the season split with the Bobcats in 2006, with a 5-3 win in Providence to close out the regular season. The two teams split the season series again in 2006-07, with each team winning in its home rink for the second straight year, before the Bobcats would win four straight games, two of which were in the ECAC playoffs, during the 2007-08 season. Seniors David Brownschidle (2g, 1a) and Jeremy Russell (1g, 2a) lead all Brown players against Quinnipiac with 3 career points in eight and six career games, respectively. Classmate Harry Zolnierczyk adds 2 points (1g, 1a) assists in 6 career games.

Scouting Quinnipiac: The Bobcats enter the Brown game following a 5-2 loss at St. Cloud State, which snapped a three-game winning streak. After opening the season with a series split with Ohio State (W, 2-1/L, 4-0), Quinnipiac went on to win three in a row with victories over Bentley (3-2), Holy Cross (3-1), and St. Cloud State (4-2). The Bobcats are led by freshman Kellen Jones, who has 6 points (3g, 3a) in six games, while junior Yuri Bouharevich and freshman Connor Jones each have five points on one goal and four assists. Seven other players have scored at least one goal, while an additional seven have posted at least one point on the young season.  Junior Dan Clarke has seen the majority of time in net for Quinnipiac and has posted a 2.61 GAA with a .902 save percentage in five games (3-2-0). Sophomore Eric Hartzell has played in one game, the Bobcats' win over St. Cloud, allowing two goals on 23 shots.  

Brown vs. Princeton: The Bears have already faced the Tigers this season, winning a non-league game against Princeton, 2-1, last Saturday as part of the Ivy Showcase in the 150th meeting all-time between the two programs. Brown holds an 80-62-8 advantage over Princeton in the all-time series, which dates back to a 4-4 tie during the 1899-1900 season. The two teams played six straight overtime games, with Brown posting a 1-2-3 record in those contests, before Princeton earned a victory in regulation, 4-3, in the final meeting between the two schools during the 2006-2007 season to clinch that year's ECAC First Round series. Following that win, Princeton won six straight games to stretch its winning streak over Brown to seven contests. The Bears snapped the Tigers' winning streak at eight games with a 3-1 victory in Providence on December 4, 2009, as Brown is 2-2-0 against the Tigers under head coach Brendan Whittet. Junior Jack Maclellan is Brown's statistical leader against the Tigers with six points (3g, 3a) in seven career games, including scoring the game-winning goal last Saturday. Senior Jesse Fratkin has three points (2g, 1a), including a goal last Saturday, in seven career games, while junior Jeff Buvinow adds three assists in seven career games.

Scouting Princeton: Princeton dropped a pair of 2-1 decisions last weekend at the Ivy Shootout at Yale to open the season. Princeton fell to Dartmouth on Friday and Brown on Saturday. Matt Arhontas scored both of Princeton's goals, evening the opening game at 1-1 before Dartmouth scored in the third period, and giving Princeton an early 1-0 lead in the second game. In both games, the Tigers surrendered an early third period goal that proved to be the game winner. Freshman Andrew Calof assisted on both of the goals for his first two collegiate points. In total, eight Princeton freshmen made their college debuts over the weekend, including goaltender Sean Bonar, who made 27 saves in the loss to Dartmouth. Mike Kramer and Derrick Pallis also had assists over the weekend.