November 24, 2012

Bears Host Providence and Holy Cross in Pair of Afternoon Games Saturday and Sunday

This Weekend: In the midst of a three-game non-league stretch, Brown will close out its five-game homestand by hosting Providence and Holy Cross, two teams receiving votes in this week's USCHO poll, in a pair of 4:00 games Saturday and Sunday. In Saturday's contest against the Friars, the Bears look to defend the Mayor's Cup trophy, as the teams will play in the 27th annual battle for City bragging rights. In Sunday's game against the Crusaders, Brown will look to avenge last year's 2-0 loss in Worcester.

Promotions This Weekend: Providence Mayor Angel Taveras will be on hand Saturday to present the Mayor's Cup trophy to the winning team. Sunday's game against Holy Cross is Bruno's Cubs Day. All Bruno's Cubs members will receive complimentary admission to the game.

Coming Up: Brown returns to ECAC Hockey action next weekend when it travels to New Haven for the first half of the season series with travel partner Yale. The Bears will close out the first semester at home against Union and Rensselaer December 7th and 8th.

Last Time Out: Brown stretched its unbeaten streak to three games (1-0-2) with a 3-0 victory over Army, its first shutout in the regular season since  March 1, 2008, a 2-0 win over Union. With a 25-save performance by junior Marco De Filippo, he earned Brown's first shutout since a 3-0 victory over St. Lawrence in the third place game of the ECAC Championship on March 20th, 2010. In addition to the shutout by De Filippo, sophomore Matt Lorito led the offense with Brown's first hat trick since November 28, 2009 when Jesse Fratkin '11 scored three times in an 8-1 victory over UConn. Lortio's hat trick came on the strength of three special teams goals, as the Bears' leading scorer notched a pair of power play goals and scored once short-handed. It marked his first career hat trick, his first career game-winning goal, his first career power play goal, and his first career short-handed goal.   

Brown vs. Providence: Brown and Providence, Rhode Island's only Division I hockey teams, have met 91 times, with the all-time series tied at 44-44-3. Brown snapped a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) with the Friars by winning last year's annual game, 5-2, at Schneider Arena. On March 1, 1927, Brown defeated the Friars, 4-1, at the Rhode Island Auditorium in the first meeting between Brown and Providence. The two teams had alternated wins for four seasons (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) with Providence's 8-0 win in the 2007-2008 season sparking a stretch of three straight wins for the Friars, which was snapped with a 4-4 tie in 2010-11. Although the all-time series between the two programs is tied, Providence holds a 14-9-3 lead in the Mayor's Cup series. There have only been six overtime games in the all-time series, with five of the six, and the only three ties, coming in Mayor's Cup games. Brown is 2-1-3 in overtime contests against the Friars.

Scouting Providence: The Friars enter Saturday's game following a 2-0 loss to Quinnipiac on Tuesday evening. Providence is 1-3-0 in its last four games, having dropped a pair of Hockey East games at Vermont (2-0) and at UMass (4-0), before earning a 6-2 win over Northeastern at home on November 16th. After opening the year with a 1-2-1 record, Providence went on a three-game winning streak, defeating Maine (3-2, 3-0) and Vermont (3-2), before its current 1-3-0 stretch. The Friars are currently led by senior Myles Harvey, who has eight points (all assists) in 11 games, while sophomore Ross Mauermann (4g, 3a), freshman Mark Jankowski (4g, 3a), and freshman Paul de Jersey (2g, 5a) all have seven points in 11 games. Mauerman leads the team with two power play goals, while five different players have each scored one game-winning goal this year. Freshman Jon Gillies has played all but 23 minutes in goal and has recorded a 2.04 GAA with a .923 save percentage in 645:35.

Brown vs. Holy Cross: Brown and Holy Cross have met six times, with the Bears leading the all-time series, 4-2-0. The Crusaders picked up their second win in the all-time series last year with a 2-0 victory in Worcester, the first game of the six played at Holy Cross. The game was the first meeting in eight years, as the two teams last faced each other in the Championship Game of the 2004 UConn Hockey Classic, a 5-2 Brown win. The series began in 1927-1928, a 4-1 Brown victory. Holy Cross picked up its first win in the series, 3-1, the following year. The two teams also met recently in 2003, a 4-2 Bears' win. Prior to 2003, the two teams had not faced each other since 1950.

Scouting Holy Cross: The Crusaders are 3-0-1 in their last four games with wins over Bentley (4-3), Sacred Heart (6-3) and RIT (7-3), and a tie with RIT (3-3).  Holy Cross' last loss was a 7-0 defeat at Air Force, as the Crusaders split a weekend series with the Falcons in Colorado, winning the opening game, 3-2. Holy Cross is led by senior Kyle Fletcher, who has 12 points (6g, 6a) in 10 games, while senior Brandon Nunn  is second on the team in scoring with 9 points (5g, 4a) in seven games. Four other players have recorded 8 points -  junior Adam Schmidt (5g, 3a), senior Rob Linsmayer (3g, 5a), freshman Castan Sommer (3g, 5a), and senior Evan Zych (8a). Fletcher leads the team with three power play goals, while Schmidt leads the team with three game-winning goals. Sophomore Matt Ginn has played all but 60:16 of the season in net and has posted a 2.75 GAA with  a.909 save percentage.

Pictured: Marco De Filippo '14. Photo by DSPics.net.