Bears Open 2011 Calendar Year with Rematch against #10 Boston University in Shillelagh Tournament Opening Round

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This Weekend: 
The Bears open up the 2011 calendar year with the first two of five straight road games, as Brown will travel to Harvard, Dartmouth and Yale after this weekend's Shillelagh Tournament. The games against Boston University and either Minnesota State or Notre Dame also mark the final two non-league games of the season for Brown, as the Bears play 16 ECAC Hockey contests over the next two months. Brown is in search of its first win in six weeks, as the Bears last posted a victory on November 20th (3-2 at Cornell). Since that win, the Bears have gone 0-2-3, most recently posting a 4-4 tie with Providence on December 7th. Saturday afternoon's game against BU marks the second game this year against Brown and the Terriers, who played to a 4-4 draw on November 27th in Boston. Brown's opponent on Sunday, either Notre Dame or Minnesota State, will be an unfamiliar one for the Bears, who have faced Notre Dame just once, in the 3rd place game of the 1997 Mariucci Classic, and Minnesota just twice, in a two-game series in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in January of 1999. 

Last Time Out: Trailing, 3-1, after two periods, and 4-2, early in the third, the Bears battled back with a pair of goals in the game's final five minutes, both scored by junior Jack Maclellan, to post a 4-4 tie in the 25th annual Mayor's Cup. The game was the third tie in five games for Brown, which saw senior Harry Zolnierczyk and freshman Dennis Robertson also score in the game. Rookie Matt Wahl also had a strong game, posting three assists, while junior Mike Clemente stopped 35 shots. Brown was 1-7 on the man-advantage and 6-7 on the penalty kill. 

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, five away games will be shown live via America One, including both games of this weekend's Shillelagh Tournament. 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 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).

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. 

These Dates Historically Speaking: All time, Brown has played 4 total games on January 1st and has posted a 1-2-1 record. The Bears are 1-0-0 in home games played on January 1st, 0-0-1 in away games played on January 1st, and 0-2-0 in neutral site game played on this date. Three of the four games were part of Holiday Tournaments, as Brown played in the 1954 and 1959 RPI Tournaments and in its own Tournament in 1965. In games played on January 2nd, Brown holds a 7-10-1 record. Brown is 3-3-0 at home, 2-7-1 in away games, and 2-0-0 in neutral site games, winning games at the 1954 RPI Tournament and the 1993 Maine Dexter Classic. Other Holiday Tournaments that Brown has participated in on January 2nd include the 1958 and 1959 RPI Tournament, the 1965 Brown Tournament, and the 2009 Dodge Holiday Classic. 

Brown vs. Boston University: Brown and Boston University have met 80 times since the 1926-27 season with BU leading the all-time series, 57-20-3. Since BU left the ECAC for Hockey East, the two teams have only met four other times, with BU posting a 3-0-1 record in those games. After not facing each other for 13 years, dating back to November 1997, the two teams met earlier this year when they played to a 4-4 tie on November 27th at BU. Brown was leading that game, 2-0 early and 4-3 late, but BU battled back to earn the tie. The Bears' last win came in 1979, a 3-2 overtime decision at Meehan Auditorium. Brown head coach Brendan Whittet is 0-0-1 against Boston University as a head coach, having also 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, who like Whittet is coaching at his alma mater, is 16-2-1 all-time against Brown in 38 seasons with the Terriers. 

Scouting Boston University: The Terriers enter this weekend's tournament following a 4-1 loss to RPI on December 11th. Since the tie with Brown on November 27th, BU has gone 1-3-0, dropping a pair of games to Boston College and defeating Northeastern, in addition to the loss to RPI. Sophomore Alex Chiasson leads the team with 18 points (6g, 12a) and shares the team lead with 12 assists, while junior David Warsofsky (5g, 12a) and freshman Sahir Gill (4g, 12a) have 17 and 16 points, respectively. Warsofsky leads the team with three power play goals, while Chiasson's three game-winners is a team-high. Junior Kieran Millan has seen the majority of time in net this year and has posted a 2.85 GAA and a .912 save percentage in 14 games (5-2-5). Classmate Grant Rollheiser has a 3.98 GAA and a .885 save percentage in five games (3-2-0).

Brown vs. Minnesota State:
Brown and Minnesota State have met just two other times, dating back to a two-game series in Mankato in January of 1999. Brown won both games, taking a 3-0 decision in the first game, before earning an 8-3 victory in the second game. Neither Brown head coach Brendan Whittet nor Minnesota State head coach Troy Jutting, both of whom are coaching at their respective alma maters, have faced each other in their careers.   

Scouting Minnesota State: The Mavericks enter this weekend's tournament following a pair of losses to North Dakota on December 10th (4-3) and 12th (4-2). The loss on the 10th snapped a four-game winning streak, during which time Minnesota State swept both UMass-Lowell (8-3 & 3-2) on the road and Minnesota (3-2 & 2-1) at home. Minnesota State is led by a pair of senior defensemen, Kurt Davis, who has 14 points (5g, 9a) in 18 games, and Ben Youds, who has 12 points (4g, 8a) in 17 games. Junior Justin Jokinen leads the team with six goals, while junior Michael Dorr has a team-high three power play goals. Of the 24 players who have appeared in at least one game this year, 23 have posted at least one point, including both goalies. Sophomore Phil Cook leads the goalies with a 3.11 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 14 games (5-7-2), while junior Austin Lee has a 3.17 GAA and a .889 save percentage in six games (1-1-2). 

Brown vs. Notre Dame: Brown and Notre Dame have meet just one other time, facing each other in the third place game of the 1997 Mariucci Classic. The Irish won that game, 5-1, scoring the first five goals of the game, including four in the second period, before Brown got on the board. Neither Brown's Brendan Whittet nor Notre Dame's Jeff Jackson has ever faced each other.   

Scouting Notre Dame: The Irish enter this weekend's tournament following a 10-2 victory over Canisius on Wednesday evening, their second straight win after posting a 5-2 victory over Northern Michigan before the break on December 12th. Notre Dame is led by freshman T.J. Tynan, who has 27 points (13g, 14a) in 20 games, including three power play goals and two game-winners. Senior Ryan Guentzel adds 23 points (6g, 17a) in 20 games, while freshman Anders Lee has 20 (11g, 9a), also in 20 games. Sophomore Mike Johnson has seen the majority of time in net this season and has posted a 2.60 GAA and a .903 save percentage in 16 games (9-4-2). Freshman Steven Summerhays has played in five games (3.71 GAA; .828 save percentage), while classmate Joe Rogers has played in one game (3.00 GAA; .889 save percentage). Notre Dame will be looking to capture its third consecutive Shillelagh Tournament Title after defeating Minnesota-Duluth in the 2009 Title Game and North Dakota (in a shootout) last season. 

Pictured: Chris Zaires '13 ranks second on the team with 8 assists. Photo by DSPics.net.