January 6, 2012

Bears Kick Off Stretch of 16 Straight ECAC Hockey Games This Weekend Against Princeton and Quinnipiac

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This Weekend:
Brown begins a stretch of 16 straight ECAC Hockey contests this weekend when it hosts Princeton and Quinnipiac in a pair of 7:00 games. The Bears will be looking to stretch their current three-game winning streak and climb above .500 for the first time since mid-November when Brown was 3-2-0. Brown will also be looking to move up in the ECAC Hockey standings, as the Bears are currently in 11th place. That placing is deceiving, however, as Brown (and Yale) has played the fewest League games with just six so far this season.

This Date Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 11-8-0 in games played on January 6th, including a 2-0-0 record against Princeton. The two games against the Tigers were played in 1962 at home (3-2) and in 1990 on the road (4-2). Brown is 7-2-0 in home games played on January 6th, includng a 5-1-0 record at Meehan Auditorium. All-time, Brown is 8-12-2 on January 7th, including a 5-4-1 record in home games. Brown has never faced Quinnipiac on January 7th.

Last Time Out: The Bears won their third straight game, and second in a row by a 5-2 score, on Sunday January 1st, defeating cross-town rival Providence, 5-2, in the 26th Annual Mayor's Cup. It was Brown's first win in the series with PC since the 2006-07 season. After falling behind, 2-0, Brown stormed back with five straight goals, including three in the final 8 minutes of the second period, to come back for the win. Freshman Ryan Jacobson, this week's ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week, led the team with two goals, both on the power play, and an assist, while freshman Matt Lorito also had three points with a goal and two assists. Senior Jack Maclellan earned 1st star honors with a goal, the game-winner, and an assist. He has now scored in four straight games and has had the game-winning goal in each of the last three games. Brown's other goal was scored by junior Chris Zaires, who tallied his first of the season to get Brown on the board at 12:47 of the 2nd. Senior Mike Clemente earned the win with 28 saves, including 12 in the final 20 minutes.

Brown vs. Princeton: This weekend will mark the 154th meeting all-time, and the second meeting this season, between Brown and Princeton as the Bears will face the Tigers three times during the regular season for the fourth year in a row. Brown holds an 81-64-8 advantage over Princeton in the all-time series, which dates back to a 4-4 tie during the 1899-1900 season. The Tigers had recently won eight straight contests over Brown, starting with a 4-3 win in the 2007 playoffs, before Brown snapped the winning streak with a 3-1 victory in Providence on December 4, 2009. Under head coach Brendan Whittet, Brown has a 3-3-0 record over Princeton. Senior Jack Maclellan is Brown's statistical leader against the Tigers with eight points (4g, 4a) in 10 career games, while sophomore Garnet Hathaway (1g, 3a) and junior Chris Zaires (4a) each have four points in four and seven games, respectively.

Scouting Princeton: Princeton enters the Brown game with an overall record of 4-9-4 after posting matching 3-3 ties against Northeastern and Niagara at the Mariucci Classic last weekend. The Tigers are looking to end a five-game winless streak. Princeton has played the most league games of the 12 and is ninth in the ECAC standings with a 3-7-1 mark. Sophomore Jack Berger is the team's leading scorer with seven goals and six assists for 13 points. Berger also leads the team with three power play goals. Classmate Andrew Calof has 11 points on four goals and seven assists. Defenders Micahel Sdao and Derrick Pallis are next on the score sheet with 10 and nine points, respectively, with Pallis leading the squad in assists with eight. Sophomore Sean Bonar has made 13 starts in goal and has a 2.94 goals against average and an .899 save percentage. Junior Mike Condon has made four starts and has a 2.92 GAA and a .911 save
percentage. The pair split games at the Mariucci Classic.

Brown vs. Quinnipiac: Brown and Quinnipiac, met four times in 2010-11, playing to a pair of ties during the regular season (3-3 in Providence & 2-2 in Hamden), before the Bobcats posted a pair of 4-0 wins in the first round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs to improve to 10-4-2 in the all-time series with the Bears. Prior to the ties last season, the two teams had split the regular season series in each of the previous two seasons. The Bobcats won the first-ever meeting between teh two schools (3-2, ot) in January 2006. Junior Chris Zaires (3a, 6 games) in Brown's statistical leader against Quinnipiac, while three other players all have two career points - sophomore Dennis Robertson (2g, 4 games), senior Jeff Buvinow (2g, 7 games), and sophomore Mark Hourihan (1g, 1a, 4 games).

Scouting Quinnipiac: The Bobcats enter Friday night's contest at Yale with an 11-7-4 record and a 3-4-3 mark in the ECAC. Quinnipiac opened the second half of the year with a tie (2-2) and a loss (4-1) at Nebraska-Omaha on December 30th and 31st. The tie on the 30th stretched the Bobcats' unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2) at the time, a streak that followed a stretch of six games where Quinnipiac went 0-4-2 from November 4-19. The Bobcats are led by junior Jeremy Langlois (12g, 8a), who also leads the team with 6 power play goals and two game-winning goals in 21 games. Sophomore Connor Jones adds 19 points (5g, 14a) in 19 games, while sophomore Kellen Jones (5g, 10a), freshman Matthew Peca (4g, 11a), and senior Scott Zurevinski (4g, 11a) all have 15 points in 18, 21, and 22 games, respectively. Two other players have reached double digits in scoring, while an additional 16 have posted at least one point. Junior Eric Hartzell has played the majority of time in net this season and has earned a 2.08 GAA with a .912 save percentage in 14 games (5-4-4). Senior Dan Clarke has appeared in nine games and has a 2.05 GAA and a .901 save percentage with a 6-3-0 record.

Brown/Dunkin' Donuts Center to Host 2013 NCAA Regional: Brown will host the 2013 NCAA Men's Hockey East Regional at Providence's Dunkin' Donuts Center, marking the ninth NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament competition in Providence, but first since 2003. The Dunkin' Donuts Center, formerly known as the Providence Civic Center, has hosted the Frozen Four six times, and this will be the third time it has hosted regional competition. Game dates have not been finalized, but will be held between March 29-31, 2013. The regional winner earns a trip to the 2013 Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA (April 11-13).

Multimedia: Brown is in its fifth 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 regular season away games will be shown live via America One. Cost to view the games is $8.00 per day or fans can purchase a hockey season pass (all Brown men's & women's games) for a fee of $75.00. 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, five other games will also be broadcast on WPRV AM-790, including the home game against Princeton. 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 third 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. During the regular season last year, he helped lead the Bears to a 9th-place finish in the ECAC Hockey standings, Brown's highest finish since 2005. 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).

Farnham Nominated for Hockey Humanitarian Award: Senior assistant captain Bobby Farnham has been nominated for the 2012 Hockey Humanitarian Award. Given each season to an NCAA college hockey player, male or female, Division I-III, who best exemplifies personal character, a commitment to studies, and significantly contributions to his/her larger community.

Maclellan Named Pre-Season All-League: Senior Jack Maclellan was named Pre-Season All-ECAC Hockey in a vote by the 12 ECAC Head Coaches. A Second Team All-ECAC honoree a year ago, Maclellan is coming off a junior season in which he led Brown with 17 assists and 31 points, despite missing the last six games of the year with a foot injury.

Maclellan A Candidate for 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award: Senior Jack Maclellan was named a candidate for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Presented annually to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across ten different sports, the acronym "CLASS" stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®. One of 20 candidates for the 2012 Men's Hockey Award, Maclellan is one of three senior student-athletes from the Ivy League and ECAC Hockey, joining Dartmouth's Doug Jones and Cornell's Keir Ross. The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot.