Brown Men's Hockey 2010-11 Season Outlook

Under the direction of second-year head coach Brendan Whittet '94, the Brown men's ice hockey team is set to begin its 86th season of collegiate competition. Year two of the revitalization and reemergence of the hockey program is in full swing and the Bears are eager to begin the new season. Having established the core ideology as a program, while setting a foundation built on principles of pride, intensity, determination, commitment and teamwork last year, Brown will look to build upon that in 2010-11.

Whittet and his staff are building a brotherhood of men and a family that is willing to sacrifice absolutely anything for the success of the team. Helping to lead Brown this year are senior captain Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT), senior assistant captains David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ) and Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB), as well as junior assistant captain Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB). With their experience and leadership, 2010-11 promises to be an exciting season. The new brand of Brown hockey is played at a high level of competitiveness and effort. The Bears are gritty, aggressive, relentless and confrontational with unwavering physical and mental toughness.

While the foundation has been laid and the core players remain the same, 10 new faces join the Bears this season, all of whom are expected to contribute and play big roles this season.

GOAL
Returning: 2; Lost: 1; Newcomers: 1

Brown’s goaltending duties will be handled primarily by junior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA), who has played in 53 games over the past two seasons. Clemente should be challenged by both sophomore Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY), who appeared in four games as a rookie in 2009-10, and newcomer Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy).

Clemente led Brown last year in all categories, playing in 35 of 37 games, while starting 32. He posted a 12-15-4 record, including one shutout, and led the team with a .902 save percentage after stopping 934 of 1036 shots. In four appearances last year, including two starts, Borelli posted a .889 save percentage, stopping 88 of the 99 shots he faced.

De Filippo comes to Brown after playing at the Kent School A New England All-Star and Kent School MVP, the 6-2 goalie posted a .947 save percentage to lead the NEPSIHA.

DEFENSE
Returning: 5; Lost: 6; Newcomers: 3

Though the Bears lost six defensemen from last year’s team, only two of the six played regularly on the blueline in 2009-10. Four of Brown’s five returning defenseman made significant contributions last season, including three who have played in every game of their careers – senior Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB), junior Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ), and sophomore Richie Crowley (Canton, MA).

Russell, a second-year assistant captain, will be expected to lead the defense this year after having played in all 102 games during his career. With all three members of the Class of 2014 expected to contribute this year, Russell’s leadership will be paramount to helping Brown reduce its goals against average this year. A consistent defenseman, Russell has also contributed offensively and enters his final season with 29 career points (5g, 24a).

Buvinow and junior classmate Michael Wolff (Walpole, MA) will help Russell anchor the Bears’ defensive corps. Buvinow has been Brown’s most offensive-minded defenseman in each of his first two seasons and led the defense in scoring for the second straight year in 2009-10 with 25 points (7g, 18a). A vital part of Brown’s top power play unit, Buvinow was named First-Team All-Ivy for his efforts, after earning Second Team All-Ivy in 2009. Wolff has played in 57 career games and is a valuable asset on the blueline, having posted two assists and 40 penalty minutes in 35 games last year.

Sophomore Richie Crowley (Canton, MA) will look to continue his solid contributions to the Bears’ blueline after playing in all 37 games last season. Crowley garnered seven assists and 18 penalty minutes, while pairing mostly with Wolff as part of Brown’s third defensive pair. Sophomore Evan Atkinson (White Rock, BC) will compete for more ice time this season after appearing in four games during 2009-2010. 
      
Brown's blue line will be bolstered by the addition of three talented freshmen, including Marc-Antoine Carrier (St. Michel-de-Bellechasse, QUE), Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, BC) and Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL).  Carrier, ranked 113th on the 2010 Central Scouting draft list, posted 19 points (6g, 13a) for Northwood Prep during the 2009-10 season. Robertson was named the Langley Chiefs (BCHL) co-top-defenseman in 2009-10 after scoring 34 points (9g, 25a) in 53 games.  Wahl played last season with the Omaha Lancers (USHL), notching six assists and finishing with a +11 rating.  All three will look to immediately challenge for a spot in the lineup. 

    
FORWARD
Returning: 11; Lost: 4; Newcomers: 6

In Whittet’s first season at the helm, Brown’s forwards experienced a renaissance, as nearly every forward posted career high numbers. Most notably was the offensive output from junior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) and senior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT). For Brown to be successful this season, the duo must not only maintain their level of production but also continue to make improvements as the Bears look to climb to the top of the ECAC Hockey League.

Maclellan and Zolnierczyk finished the 2009-10 season as Brown’s top two scorers with 34 and 33 points, respectively. They were part of a trio of 30-point scorers, as Brown had three players with at least 30 points for the first time since 1993-94. Both are also vital aspects of Brown’s special teams and will look to lead the team once again in both man-up and man-down situations.  

Seniors Jesse Fratkin (Burnaby, BC) and David Brownschidle (Lawrenceville, NJ) will also look to elevate their level of play from last season.  Fratkin posted career-high's last season with 7 goals and 10 assists in 34 games.  Brownschidle, who scored 2 goals and 2 assists last season, should continue to be a stalwart penalty killer and will be relied upon more heavily in the face-off circle.

Juniors Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) and Jarred Smith (Pepper Pike, OH) should contribute more consistently to the Bear's offense this season.  Farnham tallied 3 goals and 8 assists last season.  His speed and tenacity make him an offensive threat and a valuable penalty killer.  Smith, who scored 9 points on 5 goals and 4 assists last season, will continue to use his strength and aggression to help establish the Bear's presence in the offensive zone.

Sophomore Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) will continue to be a valuable member of the Bear's offense.  Having played in all but one game last season, Zaires earned 24 points on 9 goals and 15 assists, leading his class in scoring.

Sophomores Marc Senecal (Thunder Bay, ONT) and Francis Drolet (Lachine, QUE) gained valuable experience last year and will look to contribute more this season. Senecal played in 23 games and earned 7 points (2g, 5a), while Drolet posted four points (3g, 1a), including one power play goal and one game-winning goal, in 25 games. Classmates Jeff Ryan (Media, PA), who had one assist in 22 games, and Trevor Smyth (Calgary, ALB), who appeared in five games, will look to challenge for more time this season.

Six highly-touted players make up the Class of 2014, all of whom are expected to see quality ice time this season. Mike Borge (Somerset, MA) comes to Brown following his high school career at Hotchkiss, where he was named MVP after leading the team in scoring with 33 points (14g, 19a) in just 21 games. Jake Goldberg (Langhorne, PA) is a big power forward who is a goal scorer. A two-time New England Prep All-Star, Goldberg led Berkshire in scoring in both 2009 and 2010. Another big power forward, Garnet Hathaway (Kinnebunkport, ME) led Philips Andover in scoring in 2010 with 17 goals. Mark Hourihan (Lynnfield, MA) joins the Bears after scoring 34 goals for Noble & Greenough during the past two seasons. Mike Juola (Lake Forest, CA) brings great skill and vision to Brown, having finished the 2010 season ranked 2nd in the NAHL in scoring (77) while a member of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Jimmy Siers (Mt. Prospect, IL) comes to Brown after spending the previous two seasons in the USHL. He finished his junior career with the Waterloo Blackhawks last year, playing in 33 games and posting 11 points and 80 penalty minutes.