November 18, 2010

Bears Travel to Colgate-Cornell After 13 Days Off

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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, including next Tuesday's game at New Hampshire. Other remaining games to air on WPRV AM-790 include both Harvard games, the home game against Yale, and a non-league game against Providence. Video for single games can be purchased for $7, or fans can purchase 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/

Colgate Game on TV: This Friday's game at Colgate will air live on Time Warner Cable Sports. Fans can watch the game live in the local Colgate area. The game will also be rebroadcast on Saturday, November 20th, at 12:00 noon on the NHL Network.

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 a tough four-game road stretch, during which Brown will play four games away from Meehan in a span of nine days. In addition to the always challenging ECAC Hockey trip to Hamilton and Ithaca, where Brown has won just five (Colgate) and 13 (Cornell) games all-time, the Bears will also face New Hampshire (currently ranked #7) and Boston University (currently ranked #2) on the road in a pair of non-league games next week. Coming off a weekend off, the Bears are still in search of their first League win of the season, having earned a single point two weeks ago with a 3-3 come-from-behind tie with Quinnipiac. Brown has been hampered by injury during the early going, but is expected to be at full-strength this weekend with the return of junior Jarred Smith, who was injured in the season opener at Yale, and highly-regarded freshman Marc-Antoine Carrier, who has yet to debut.   

Last Time Out: The Bears earned a single point two weeks ago, coming back from a 3-1 deficit with a pair of third-period goals to earn a 3-3 tie with Quinnipiac. The next night against Princeton, Brown held a 2-0 first-period lead, but the Tigers rallied, outscoring Brown, 4-1, the rest of the way to earn the 4-3 win. The Bears were led by senior David Brownschidle, who had two goals and an assist in the two games,  his first two games of the season, while sophomore Chris Zaires tallied three assists over the weekend. Senior Harry Zolnierczyk and junior Jack Maclellan both had a goal and an assist over the weekend, while freshmen Garnet Hathaway and Mark Hourihan both tallied a pair of assists for the first points of their careers. Junior Mike Clemente earned the tie on Friday with 29 saves, while freshman Marco De Filippo posted 30 saves in the loss to the Tigers.  

These Dates Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 1-5-0 in games played on November 19th, including an 0-4-0 record in away games. In games played on November 20th, Brown is 2-8-0 all-time, including a 2-6-0 record in away games. Brown has faced Colgate and Cornell just one time on these dates, during the 1993-94 season, when head coach Brendan Whittet '94 was a senior on the hockey team. The Bears dropped a 6-5 decision to Colgate, in overtime, on Friday night, before earning a 7-3 win over Cornell on Saturday night. Like this year, the games were played on the road that season.

Brown vs. Colgate: Friday night's game between the Raiders and the Bears marks the 74th meeting between the two teams in a series that began on March 8, 1935, a 1-0 Brown victory. Colgate leads the all-time series, 49-18-5. However,  Brown has gone 2-3-3 in its last eight games against the Raiders. Last year, Colgate posted a season sweep over the Bears with a 5-3 win in Providence and a 6-2 win in Hamilton. Brown's last win over the Raiders came on January 23, 2009 when the Bears posted a 4-1 victory, their first win in Hamilton since 2/19/93. Brown would earn three points against Colgate in 2009 with a 3-3 tie in Providence. Junior Jack Maclellan leads all Brown players against Colgate with four points, all assists, in four games, while junior Jarred Smith has two goals in four games. Junior Bobby Farnham (4 games) and sophomore Chris Zaires (2 games) each have two career assists.

Scouting Colgate: The Raiders enter the weekend with Brown and Yale having dropped a pair of ECAC Hockey games at home to Princeton (4-3) and Quinnipiac (3-1). The losses were the second and third straight for Colgate, which also fell to St. Lawrence (4-1) on November 6th, one day after tying Clarkson (4-4). Senior Brian Day currently leads the Raiders with 7 points (4g, 3a) in eight games, while junior Austin Smith (2g, 4a), sophomore Robbie Bourdon (2g, 4a), and senior Francois Brisebois (1g, 5a) each have six points in eight games. Junior Alex Evin has seen the majority of time in net this year and has posted a 2.70 GAA with a .905 save percentage in seven games (422:36). Freshman Eric Mihalik has played in one game (58:31) and has a 3.08 GAA with a .889 save percentage.

Brown vs. Cornell: Cornell leads the all-time series with Brown, which began with an 8-2 Brown win on February 21, 1959, by a 68-39-5 margin. The Big Red have earned a season sweep (including 6-0 and 5-3 wins last year) over the Bears in each of the past three seasons. The Big Red extended their current winning streak over Brown to seven games with a 3-0 win over the Bears in the 2010 ECAC Hockey semifinals. Brown's last win over Cornell came during the 2006-2007 season when the Bears snapped Cornell's five-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory in Ithaca. Brown posted its best year against Cornell in recent history during 2003-2004, when the Bears earned three points against the Big Red, claiming a 3-3 tie in Ithaca and a 2-1 overtime win in Providence. Sophomore Jeff Buvinow is Brown's statistical leader against the Big Red with three assists in five career games, while a trio of players, senior David Brownschidle (6 games), junior Jarred Smith (5 games), and sophomore Chris Zaires (3 games) each have one career goal.

Scouting Cornell: After opening the season with three straight losses, Cornell has gone 2-1 in its previous three games, with a 6-1 win over Clarkson, a 4-1 win over Quinnipiac, and a 2-1 overtime loss to Princeton. Last Saturday against the Tigers, it took an extra attacker goal by Mike Devin with nine seconds left to force overtime, as a Princeton goal in the 18th minute of play during the opening period nearly stood as the game's only goal. The Tigers would prevail at the 2:35 mark of overtime to close out their weekend sweep. Freshman Dustin Mowrey currently leads the Big Red with five points (3g, 2a) in six games, while five other players have tallied four points so far this year, including sophomore Nick D'Agostino (5 games) and junior Locke Jillson (6 games), who both have a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Cornell's goaltending duties have been roughly split between freshman Andy Iles and junior Mike Garman, who each have a 1-2-0 record. Iles has a 2.15 GAA and a .932 save percentage in four games (194:56), while Garman has a 3.28 GAA and a .886 save percentage in three games (164:29).

Pictured: Jack Maclellan '12, who leads the Bears with 6 points. Photo by DSPics.net.