February 17, 2012

Bears Close Out Regular Season Home Schedule with Harvard and Dartmouth

This Weekend: In the midst of a stretch of 16 straight ECAC Hockey contests and looking to snap a six-game winless streak, the Bears return home this weekend to host Ivy rivals Harvard and Dartmouth. The Bears will celebrate senior day on Saturday night following the conclusion of the Dartmouth game. Despite falling to last place in the League standings, the Bears can still finish as high as fifth place pending results of the last four regular season games. Earlier this season, the Bears were swept by Dartmouth and Harvard, falling to the Big Green, 6-2, and to the Crimson, 3-1.

These Dates Historically Speaking: All-time, Brown is 6-12-1 in games played on February 17th, including a 4-6-1 record at home and a 3-5-1 record at Meehan Auditorium. Brown and Harvard have met two other times on February 17th, a 10-0 Harvard victory in 1932 and a 6-6 tie in 2007. All-time, Brown is 10-12-2 in games played on February 18th, including a 5-7-0 record in home games and a 3-6-0 record at Meehan Auditorium. Brown and Dartmouth have met two other times on February 18th, a 3-2 Dartmouth win in 1949 and a 5-0 Brown win in 1995.

Last Time Out: The Bears were swept for the third consecutive weekend, falling in a road series to #13 Cornell (5-2) and Colgate (7-6). On Friday against the Big Red, Cornell erased a 2-0 deficit with five straight goals to post its first win over the Bears in four tries. Freshman Matt Lorito gave Brown a 1-0 lead with his 4th of the year with three seconds left in the first period, while classmate Ryan Jacobson increased the lead to 2-0 less than a minute into the second period. Senior Mike Clemente recorced 27 saves in net. The next night against the Raiders, the two teams played a wild affair, combining for 13 goals scored by 13 different players. Senior Jack Maclellan led Brown with four points (1g, 3a), while sophomore Garnet Hathaway tallied three points (1g, 2a) and junior Richie Crowley had a pair of points (1g, 1a). Other goal scorers for Brown were Jeff Buvinow, Matt Harlow, and Dennis Robertson. Sophomore Marco De Filippo made five saves on 12 shots, while Clemente stopped 16 of 18 in relief. 

Brown vs. Harvard: Brown and Harvard have met 159 times, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 105-42-12. 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 6-4-3 in the past 12 meetings, including a 4-3-2 record in the last nine games. 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 in February, 2010. The two teams split the season series again in 2010-11 with Brown earning a 4-3 win in Cambridge and Harvard posting a 2-1 win in Providence. The Bears have 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. After a 3-1 loss in Cambridge earlier this season, the Bears will need at least a tie on Friday night to keep that streak alive. Senior Jarred Smith leads current members of the team against Harvard with 2-2-4 totals in nine career games, while senior Jeff Buvinow has three goals in seven career games. Junior Chris Zaires (1g, 2a - 6 games) and sophomore Matt Wahl has (3a - 3 games) both have three career points.

Scouting Harvard: The Crimson are currently 8-7-10 overall and are coming off a 3-2 win over Northeastern in Monday's consolation game of the Beanpot. In its last ECAC contest, Harvard played to a 2-2 tie with RPI, it's 10th tie of the season. Harvard is led by senior Alex Killorn, who has 31 points (16g, 15a) in 25 games, including a team-high 8 power play goals and three game-winning goals. Junior Danny Biega is second on the team in scoring with 26 points (7g, 19a) in 25 games, while junior Marshall Everson has also reached at least 20 points with 24 (9g, 15a) in 24 games. Freshman Steve Michalek has played the majority of time in net for Harvard and has earned a 3.03 GAA with an .899 save percentage in 23 games (7-6-8). Sophomore Raphael Girard has appeared in seven games (1-1-2) and has a 2.53 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

Brown vs. Dartmouth: This weekend will mark the 143rd meeting in the rivalry between Brown and Dartmouth and the third meeting this year after the Big Green earned a 2-1 win over the Bears in the 2011-12 season-opener and then a 6-2 win in Hanover in late January. Brown swept the season series from Dartmouth in 2007-08 (for the first time since 1997-1998), but the Big Green have posted a 7-0-1 record in the past eight games with a pair of sweeps (2008-09 & 2010-11) and three points in 2009-10 (a 9-4 win in Hanover and a 5-5 tie in Providence). Combined with the non-conference win earlier this year, Dartmouth is now 16-2-2 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 72-63-8 margin. Senior Jeff Buvinow is Brown's statistical leader against Dartmouth with 2-6-8 totals in eight career games, while senior Jack Maclellan has six points (2g, 4a) in eight career games.

Scouting Dartmouth: The Big Green enter Friday's game at Yale following three straight losses and an 0-4-2 record in their last six games. Last weekend, Dartmouth was swept at home by Union (5-1) and RPI (2-1). Dartmouth is led in scoring by four different players - sophomore Eric Robinson (10g, 7a), freshman Tyler Sikura (9g, 8a), senior Doug Jones (7g, 10a), and sophomore Matt Lindblad (3g, 14a) - who all have 17 points on the season. Three different players lead the team with two power play goals each, while Sikura leads the team with three game-winning goals. Senior James Mello has seen the majority of time in net for Dartmouth and has earned a 3.15 GAA and a .893 save percentage in 14 games (5-7-1). Senior Jody O'Neill has appeared in seven games (1-3-2) and has posted a 2.57 GAA and a .917 save percentage, while sophomore Cab Morris has played in six games (3-2-1) and has a 3.10 GAA and a .890 save percentage.