November 27, 2010

Bears to Face 2nd of Four Straight Ranked Opponents; Saturday at #2 Boston University

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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 against Providence. Other remaining games to air on WPRV AM-790 include both Harvard games and the home game against Yale. 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 second straight non-league game against a team from Hockey East, after facing New Hampshire on Tuesday night. Today's game marks the first time since November 1997 that Brown and Boston University have met and will be the first of two games against the teams this season, as they will face each other in the First Round of next month's Shillelagh Tournament. Tonight's game also marks just the fourth meeting between the two squads since Boston University joined Hockey East in 1984. Having nearly defeated #6 UNH on Tuesday, Brown is in the midst of a difficult stretch, where its final five games of the semester are against teams currently ranked in the National polls. After tonight's game against the 2nd-ranked Terriers, the Bears will host games against Union (currently ranked #13), RPI (currently ranked #17), and Providence (currently receiving votes).

Last Time Out: Brown was less than two minutes away from earning a 5-3 win at #6 New Hampshire, as the Wildcats scored twice in a span of 11 seconds to force a 5-5 tie with the Bears on Tuesday night. Junior leading scorer Jack Maclellan helped lead the Bears with three assists, while senior captain Harry Zolnierczyk scored two goals and assisted a third in the tie. Sophomore Chris Zaires, junior Bobby Farnham and senior Jeremy Russell also scored in the tie, while junior Mike Clemente posted a season-high 36 saves. Combined with a pair of wins at Colgate and Cornell, the tie stretched Brown's unbeaten streak to three games. Trailing, 1-0, to start the second period, Brown opened the second with three goals in the first five minutes to take a 3-1 lead. After UNH came to within 3-2, Brown answered to lead, 4-2, after two periods. The Wildcats again closed the deficit to a goal, 4-3, but Zolnierczyk's second of the night gave the Bears a 5-3 advantage with about 10 minutes left, which is how it remained until UNH scored its fourth goal with 1:53 left and the tying goal 11 seconds later. Brown was held scoreless on its only power play chance, while UNH finished the night 1-5 on the man-advantage.

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 nine total game on November 27th and has posted a 5-4-0 record. The Bears are 3-1-0 in home games played on 11/27 and 2-3-0 in away games played on this date. The only opponents Brown has faced in games played on November 27th are Providence (1953), Boston College (1978), Maine (1979), Clarkson (1981), Yale (1984), Air Force (1987), Union (1994), Harvard (1999), and St. Lawrence (2004). Brown's wins were against Providence, Boston College, Union, Harvard, and St. Lawrence, most recently defeating the Saints on the road in 2004.

Brown vs. Boston University: Brown and Boston University have met 79 times since the 1926-27 season with BU leading the all-time series, 57-20-2. Since BU left the ECAC for Hockey East, the two teams have only met three other times, all BU wins, and have not faced each other since November 1997, an 8-1 BU victory. The Bears' last win came in 1979, a 3-2 overtime decision at Meehan Auditorium. Brown head coach Brendan Whittet has never faced Boston University as a head coach, though he has been involved in two Brown-BU matchups as a player, during his sophomore (L, 8-2 in 1992) and junior (L, 2-1 in 1993) seasons on the Brown team. Boston University head coach Jack Parker is 16-2 all-time against Brown in 38 seasons with the Terriers.

Scouting Boston University: The Terriers are coming off a home-and-home split with then #7 UNH with each team winning in its own rink. New Hampshire claimed a 5-2 victory in Durham on Friday night, handing BU its first loss of the season, before the Terriers came back with a 4-2 win Saturday evening. Alex Chiasson led BU with 2 points (1g, 1a) in the win, including a short-handed game-winning goal, while Corey Trivino tallied a pair of assists. Grant Rollheiser earned the win with 41 saves, including 17 in the second period. Chiasson is one of three Terriers with 12 points so far this season, as the sophomore has 4 goals and 8 assists through 10 games. Chris Connolly leads the team with 5 goals and adds 7 assists, while Sahir Gill also has 4 goals and 8 assists. Kieran Millan has played the majority of time in net, and has posted a 2.25 GAA and a .932 save percentage in 9 games (559:00) with a 4-1-4 record. Rollheiser has played in three games (179:16) and has a 2.34 GAA and a .931 save percentage.

Pictured: Harry Zolnierczyk '11. Photo by DSpics.net.