The Bears open ECAC and Ivy League action this weekend at Harvard (Friday) and Dartmouth (Saturday). The games are the only two road contests during the month of November for Brown, as it will host five straight home games before returning to the road on December 1st at Yale. Saturday's game at Dartmouth marks the second game in a week against the Big Green after the two teams faced each other last Saturday in the Championship game of the Ivy Showcase. Dartmouth prevailed, 4-0.
Coming Up: The Bears return home next weekend to host St. Lawrence and Clarkson in a League weekend Friday and Saturday, before taking a break from ECAC action to host Army, Providence and Holy Cross.
Last Time Out: Brown split a pair of games last weekend in the sixth annual Ivy Showcase. The Bears opened their season with a 2-1 win over Princeton on Friday, before falling to Dartmouth, 4-0, on Saturday. In Friday's victory, sophomore Matt Lorito and freshman Nick Lappin both scored their first goals of the season, while junior Marco De Filippo recorded 24 saves as well as an assist on Lorito's goal. The next night against Dartmouth, the Big Green scored a pair of power play goals and an empty net goal to defeat the Bears, 4-0. De Filippo recorded 29 saves.
All-Time in ECAC Hockey Openers: Since the first official season that the ECAC sponsored hockey, 1961-62, Brown has a 17-27-7 record in ECAC openers. Brown's last win in a League opener came at the start of the 2003-04 season when the Bears earned a 2-0 vic- tory at Harvard on November 2. Brown has faced Harvard in 16 League-opening games and is 5-10-1. The last time the two teams faced each other in a League opener was that game in 2003-04.
Brown vs. Harvard: Brown and Harvard have met 160 times, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 105-42-13. Brown won the very first meeting between the two schools in the oldest active collegiate hockey ri- valry, winning 6-0, in 1898 on a flooded baseball field in Dorchester, MA. Brown is 6-4-4 in the past 13 meetings, includ- ing a 4-3-3 record in the last 10 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 Bears have earned at least one point against the Crimson in each of the last six seasons with Harvard's last sweep coming during the 2005-06 campaign. Last year, Brown fell to Harvard, 3-1, in Cambridge, and earned a 3-3 tie with the Crimson in Providence. Senior Chris Zaires (1g, 2a - 5 games) and junior Matt Wahl (3a - 3 games) both have three career points against Harvard.
Scouting Harvard: The Crimson are are currently 1-0-0 on the season after posting a 5-0 win over Bentley in their season opener. Current ECAC Rookie of the Week Jimmy Vesey led the team with 2-1-3 totals, while Alex Fallstrom had a goal and two assists. Other goal scorers included Marshall Everson and Luke Greiner. Raphael Girard earned the shutout with 31 saves, including 14 in the second period. Harvard was 1-2 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill against the Falcons.
Brown vs. Dartmouth: Saturday's game against Dartmouth will mark the 145th meeting in the rivalry between the two teams, dating back to 1927-28. Dartmouth leads the all-time series by a 74-63-8 margin and has posted a 9-0-1 record in the last 10 games, including three victories last season and a 4-0 win last week. Brown's last sweep of the Big Green came during the 2007-08 season. Senior Chris Zaires is Brown's statistical leader against the Big Green with 2-2-4 numbers in seven career games.
Scouting Dartmouth: The Big Green enter the weekend following a 1-0-1 weekend against Yale (T, 2-2) and Brown (W, 4-0) in the 2012 Ivy Showcase last weekend. Matt Lindblad currently leads the team with three points, all assists, while Eric Robinson has a team-high two goals. Tyler Sikura and Tim O'Brien also have tow points with a goal and an assist each. Cab Morris earned the tie against the Bulldogs with 18 saves, while Charles Grant recorded 24 saves in the shutout win over Brown.