February 4, 2011

Bears Return Home to Face #17 Dartmouth

Tonight: With the non-league portion of the schedule now complete, Brown is  in the midst of 16 straight ECAC Hockey contests (8 to go), having posted a 3-5-0 record in the first eight. The Bears host Dartmouth this evening to close out the regular season series with the Big Green and then close out the Harvard-Dartmouth travel pairing on Tuesday, February 22nd, against the Crimson. After dropping three straight games, Brown will look to get back in the win column and gain momentum for the final eight games and final push for home ice.

Winter White Out: Friday's game against Dartmouth marks the Winter White Out. The first 500 fans will receive a free Brown Athletics t-shirt courtesy of Coca-Cola. All fans are encouraged to wear white to the game.
   
Last Time Out: After posting four straight weekend splits, the Bears were swept last weekend, falling to #10 RPI (3-0) and #12 Union (4-2). Friday's shutout to the Engineers marked the first time the Bears have been shutout this season, as a pair of Engineer power play goals in the first period were enough for the win. The next night against the Dutchmen, junior Jack Maclellan's 14th goal of the year tied the score at 1-1 early in the second period, but Union rattled off three straight goals to take a 4-1 lead into the final 20 minutes. Junior Bobby Farnham scored his fifth of the year to bring  the Bears to within two, but that was as close as Brown could get. Junior Mike Clemente recorded 17 saves on 19 shots against the Engineers. Freshman Marco DeFilippo started against Union on Saturday and made 12 saves on 15 shots, before giving way to Clemente, who stopped 15 of 16 shots.

This Date Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 4-9-2 in games played on February 4th, including a 1-0-1 record in games played against Dartmouth on 2/4. All-time, Brown is 3-5-2 in home games played on this date, including a 2-3-2 record at Meehan Auditorium.

Brown vs. Dartmouth: This weekend will mark the 140th meeting in the rivalry between Brown and Dartmouth. The Bears swept the season series from Dartmouth in 2007-08 (for the first time since 1997-1998), but the Big Green earned the season sweep in 2009-10 and earned three points last year with a 9-4 win in Hanover and a 5-5 tie in Providence. Combined with a 3-1 win earlier this season in Hanover, Dartmouth is now 13-2-2 against the Bears since February 22, 2003. The Big Green lead the all-time series, which began on February 22, 1928 with a 15-0 Dartmouth victory, by a 69-63-8 margin. Junior Jeff Buvinow is Brown's statistical leader against Dartmouth with 2-4-6 totals in five career games, while senior Harry Zolnierczyk (2g, 3a) and junior Jack Maclellan (1g, 4a) each have five points in six and five career games, respectively.

Scouting Dartmouth: The Big Green are coming off a three-point weekend during which they tied Cornell, 2-2, and defeated Colgate, 7-3. In fact, Dartmouth has lost just once, a 5-1 decision at RPI on January 22nd, dating back to the last meeting between Brown and Dartmouth on January 8th, as the Big Green is 5-1-1 in its last 7 games. Senior Scott Fleming leads the team in scoring with 23 points (11g, 12a), including a team-high four power play goals and two game-winning goals, while seniors Adam Estoclet (8g, 10a) and Matt Reber (4g, 14a), and junior Doug Jones (4g, 13a) all have 18 points on the season. Freshman Matt Lindblad shares the team lead for power play goals with four, while senior Joe Stejskal shares the team lead with two game-winning goals. Junior James Mello has seen the majority of time in net this year and has posted a 2.13 GAA and a .930 save percentage in 17 games (10-3-3). Junior Jody O'Neill has appeared in five games (3.55 GAA; .861 save %), while freshman Cab Morris has played in one game (4.00 GAA; /810 save percentage).

Maclellan for Hobey: Junior assistant captain Jack Maclellan, who leads the Bears in scoring with 30 points (14g, 16a) in 21 games, is among the nominees for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Maclellan, who has posted at least one point in 18 of Brown's 21 games, enters the Harvard-Dartmouth games ranked 6th in the nation with 1.43 points per game, 9th nationally with 0.67 goals per game, 25th nationally with 0.84 assists per game, and 3rd in the nation with two short-handed goals. An assistant captain this year, Maclellan has 70 career points (31g, 39a) in 87 games. Fans can vote for their choice once every 24 hours and as many times as they like at www.hobeybakeraward.com. When online voting closes, the votes are tabulated and the results carry a weight in the final selection process of the Hobey finalists and winner.

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 the Clarkson & St. Lawrence trip in February. Free audio for all home games and select away games will also be available. In addition to Brown's normal audio broadcasts on Brownbears.com, six other games will also be broadcast on WPRV AM-790, possibly including the February 22nd game against Harvard. 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 ald 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.

Jack Maclellan and Matt Wahl Earn All-Tournament Honors: Following Brown's second place finish at Notre Dame's Shillelagh Tournament (6-1 win over #10 Boston University; 7-3 loss to Minnesota State), junior Jack Maclellan (2g, 1a) and freshman Matt Wahl (2a) were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

Harry Zolnierczyk Named ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Player of the Week: Following Brown's split with #1 Yale (L, 5-2; W, 3-2), which snapped Yale's winning streak at 10 games and handed the Bulldogs their first ECAC loss of the season, senior Harry Zolnierczyk was named ECAC Player of the Week. The Bears' second leading scorer had 4 points (2g, 2a) in the pair of games, including a short-handed goal that in the first game, that tied the score at 2-2, and the game-winning goal with 46 seconds left in regulation in the come-from-behind win in the second game. He also had the primary assist on both goals in the victory, and was +3 for the weekend.

Pictured: Marc-Antoine Carrier '14. Photo by DSPics.net.