November 23, 2010

Bears Face #6 UNH Tonight in Durham

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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 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/

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).

Tonight: The Bears play their first non-league game of the season against a team from a difference conference, as Brown has played a pair of non-league games against ECAC & Ivy opponents Yale and Princeton. Today's game marks the first time since November 2007 that Brown and UNH have met. New Hampshire, ranked 8th in the country at the time, earned a 5-2 win. Then sophomore, Jordan Pietrus '10, scored both goals for the Bears. Tonight's game also marks the beginning of a difficult stretch for Brown, which will play five games against teams currently ranked in the National polls to close out the semester. After tonight's game against the 6th-ranked Wildcats, the Bears will face BU (currently ranked #2) on the road, and host games against Union (currently ranked #13), RPI (currently ranked #17), and Providence (currently receiving votes).

Homecoming: Tonight's game at UNH marks a homecoming of sorts for current Brown assistant coach Mark White. A defenseman for the Wildcats, White played in 133 career games (8g, 17a) at UNH, graduating in 2001. The game is also being played roughly an hour away from the hometown of rookie forward Garnet Hathaway, who hails from Kennebunkport, Maine.

Last Weekend: Following a period of 13 days between games, the Bears posted a weekend sweep of Colgate (5-2) and Cornell (3-2) on the road over the weekend. Not only were the wins the first two ECAC Hockey wins of the year for Brown, they also marked the first road sweep of the Colgate-Cornell trip since the 1992-93 season, when head coach Brendan Whittet '94 was a junior on the team. Saturday night's win over the Big Red also marked the first victory over Cornell for all but one of the current members of the team, as the Big Red had won 7 straight games entering the most recent tilt. Senior Jeremy Russell, who missed the entire 2007-08 season  with an injury, had been the only Bear to have been a part of a team to beat Cornell, during the 2006-2007 when he was a freshman. That road trip has not been easy for the Bears in recent history, as Brown was 5-28-2 all-time at Colgate and 13-37-3 all-time at Cornell.

Brown welcomed the return to the lineup of junior Jarred Smith, who was injured in the season opener at Yale. In addition, highly-regarded freshman Marc-Antoine Carrier made his career debut after missing the first four games with illness. Brown's special teams were the difference against Colgate, as the Bears scored twice on the power play and added a short handed goal, while going a perfect 5-5 on the penalty kill. The next night against Cornell, team defense prevailed, as the Bears limited the Big Red to just 12 shots over the final 40 minutes, after giving up 10 in the opening 20. Several  different players stepped up to help lead the team to the sweep, as Brown's goals were scored by 8 different players and 12 different players posted at least one point. Freshman Dennis Robertson was the only player to have points in both games with a power play goal, his 4th of the year, and an assist against Colgate, and an assist against Cornell. Other players with multiple points on the weekend included junior Jeff Buvinow (2a against Colgate), junior Bobby Farnham (1g, 1a against Colgate), senior Jesse Fratkin (1g, 1a against Cornell), junior Jack Maclellan (1g, 2a against Colgate), sophomore Chris Zaires (1g, 1a against Colgate), and Smith (2a against Cornell). Game-winning goals were scored by Farnham (Colgate) and Fratkin (Cornell), while freshman Matt Wahl scored his first career goal against the Big Red. Junior goalie Mike Clemente posted 48 saves on the weekend, including 28 against Colgate. He gave up just one even-strength goal, as three of the four goals were scored with the opponent skating an extra attacker.

Mike Clemente Named ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Goalie of the Week: In Brown's weekend sweep at Colgate and Cornell, Clemente posted 48 saves, a .923 save percentage, and a 2.00 GAA, while allowing only one even-strength goal. Clemente helped lead Brown to its first road sweep over the central-New York duo since 2/93, its first win over Cornell since 1/07, and its first  regular season road sweep since 1/05. He recorded 28 saves on Friday against the Raiders with 20 the next night against the Big Red.

This Date Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown has played seven total games on November 23rd and has posted an 1-5-1 record. The Bears are 1-1-1 in home games played on 11/23 and 0-4-0 in away games played on this date.  The only opponents Brown has faced in games played on November 23rd are: St. Louis (1973), Harvard (1980), Rensselaer (1985), Alaska Anchorage (1990), Princeton (1991), Michigan (1996), and Cornell (2002). Brown's lone win was against Princeton, while the tie came against Alaska Anchorage.  

Brown vs. New Hampshire: Brown and New Hampshire have met 34 times, with the Wildcats leading the all-time series, 20-13-1, including winning each of the last seven meetings. Brown has won only once in away games, a 3-1 victory on January 22, 1930. Only two members of current Brown team have ever faced New Hampshire with seniors David Brownschidle and Jesse Fratkin playing on the fourth line in the last meeting between the two squads on November 24, 2007. Brown's last victory over New Hampshire came on December 1, 1987 when the Bears edged the Wildcats, 4-3. During the all-time series, New Hampshire has picked up some lopsided decisions, winning four times by more than 7 goals, including an 11-3 victory in the Championship Game of the 2001 Badger Showdown in Wisconsin. Brown head coach Brendan Whittet has never faced New Hampshire as a head coach, while UNH bench boss, Dick Umile is 5-0-0 all-time against Brown in his 21st season with the Wildcats.  

Scouting New Hampshire: The Wildcats are coming off a weekend split in a home-and-home series with Boston University, as each team won in its home rink. After losing its season opener at Miami, 6-3, UNH went 6-0-3 over its next nine games, including Friday night's 5-2 win over the Terriers.  The Wildcats nearly stretched their nation-leading unbeaten streak to 10 games on Saturday night, leading 2-1 midway through the second period, but BU scored three times in a span of nine minutes to come from behind and claim the 4-2 win. UNH is led by a trio of seniors, who have already reached double digits in scoring, including Paul Thompson, who has 15 points (6g, 9a), Phil DeSimone, who has 14 points (4g, 10a), and Mike Sislo, who has 11 points (5g, 6a). Thompson leads the team in both goals and power play goals (3), while DeSimone leads the team in assists. Junior Matt DiGirolamo has played all 11 games in net for the Wildcats and all but 3:15 of the season, for which the net has been empty. In 671:45, DiGirolamo boasts a 2.50 GAA and a .918 save % with 313 saves and one shutout.

Pictured: Dennis Robertson '14. Photo by DSPics.net.