February 22, 2011

Men's Ice to Host Harvard in First of Three Straight Home Games

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Tonight:
Heading into the final three games of the season, which are all at home for Brown, the Bears are still alive for one of the two remaining home ice slots for the ECAC Hockey playoffs, along with Clarkson, Quinnipiac & St. Lawrence. Brown enters tonight's game against Harvard sitting in ninth place in the standings - three points behind 7th-place Clarkson and Quinnipiac and one point ahead of 10th-place St. Lawrence. With tonight's game in hand, Brown (which can finish anywhere from 7-12) will be looking to further distance itself from the Saints and gain valuable ground on both the Golden Knights and Bobcats. After tonight, all 12 teams in the league will be down to their final pair of games in the regular season. Tonight's game is also crucial for the Crimson, who are trying to get out of last place and jump over Colgate. Harvard is assured to be traveling for the first round of the playoffs, but can still finish as high as 9th. Full seeding possibilities are listed below:
Union: 1-2
Yale: 1-2
Dartmouth: 3-6
Cornell: 3-6
Rensselaer: 3-6
Princeton: 3-6
Clarkson: 7-9
Quinnipiac: 7-10
Brown: 7-12
St. Lawrence: 8-12
Colgate: 9-12
Harvard: 9-12

This Date Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 8-13-0 in games played on February 22nd, including a 4-3-0 record at home. The Bears are 0-4-0 against Harvard in games played on February 22nd, all of which were on the road, losing 5-1 in 1955, 4-1 in 1961, 6-5 (ot) in 1964, and 3-0 in 2005.

Brown vs. Harvard: Brown and Harvard have met 157 times, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 103-42-12. Brown won the very first meeting between the two schools in the oldest active collegiate hockey rivalry, winning 6-0, in 1898 on a flooded baseball field in Dorchester, MA. Brown is 6-2-3 in the past 11 meetings, including a 4-1-2 record in the last seven meetings. Harvard snapped a five game winless streak against the Bears, dating back to 2/23/08, when it claimed a 5-2 win in Providence last February. Including Brown's 4-3 win in Cambridge earlier this season, the Bears have now earned at least one point against the Crimson in each of the last five seasons with Harvard's last sweep coming during the 2005-06 campaign. Senior Harry Zolnierczyk leads current members of the team against the Crimson with 4 points (2g, 2a) in 8 games, while four other players have all posted three career points against Harvard, including junior Jeff Buvinow, who has 3 goals in 6 games. Junior Jarred Smith has 1-2-3 totals in 7 games, while seniors Jeremy Russell (9 games) and David Brownschidle (7 games) each add three assists. In all, 14 of Brown's 24 skaters have posted at least one career point against Harvard.

Scouting Harvard: After winning just two of its first 12 games after the New Year (2-10-0), Harvard has gone 2-1-1 in its last four games, including wins over Boston University (5-4) and Cornell (4-3). The Crimson also tied Princeton (4-4) on February 11th and finished this past weekend's trip to Central New York with a 2-1 loss to Colgate. Harvard is led by junior Alex Killorn (12g, 11a) and sophomore Danny Biega (9g, 14a), who both have 23 points in 26 games, while senior Michael Biega adds 19 points (7g, 12a) in 24 games. Killorn also leads the team with five power play goals and three game-winning goals, while Danny Biega has four power play goals and two game-winners. All 22 skaters who have played in at least one game have a point this year. Seniors Kyle Richter and Ryan Carroll have more-or-less split time in net this season with Richter posting a 2.72 GAA and .909 save percentage in 16 games (3-10-1) and Carroll earning a 3.39 GAA and .908 save percentage in 12 games (3-8-0).

Last Time Out: The Bears earned one point at Princeton (L, 7-3) and Quinnipiac (T, 2-2). On Friday night at Princeton, Brown fell behind, 1-0, just 45 seconds in and could never recover, as the Tigers built a 3-1 lead by the end of the first period. Seniors Harry Zolnierczyk and Jesse Fratkin and junior Bobby Farnham scored for Brown, while junior Mike Clemente and freshman Marco De Filippo combined to stop 36 shots. The next night against the Bobcats, Brown allowed two first period power play goals to Quinnipiac, but fought back with a power play goal by freshman Dennis Robertson at the end of the second period. Freshman Mark Hourihan then scored his second goal in three games four minutes into the third period to salvage the tie. Two other freshmen, Matt Wahl and Mike Juola, also had points in the game with assists on Hourihan's goal, while Zolnierczyk and Fratkin assisted the Robertson goal. Clemente recorded 39 saves, including all 27 during the final 45 minutes.  

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: Assistant Captain Jeremy Russell '11, who broke Brown's record for games played in a career with his 128th game on Saturday at Quinnipiac. Photo by DSPics.net.