Brown Closes Out Semester at Home Against #12 Union and Rensselaer
This Weekend: Brown will close out the first semester against ECAC rivals Union, ranked #12 in the current polls, and Rensselaer. The games are the final contests for Brown until December 29th when they take part in the UConn Hockey Classic. The Bears look to get back in the win column after falling to #13 Yale, 4-3, last Saturday in New Haven. Free audio and live stats as well as video ($8) will be provided for both games. Friday's contest against Union is also available locally in the Providence area on AM 790.
Promotions This Weekend: Brown is running a student appreciation night on Friday against Union, where the first 200 students will receive free food. On Saturday, members of the Brown team will be on the ice post-game for a skate with the Bears.
Coming Up: Brown will take a three-week break for exams and the holidays and returns to the ice on December 29th against Minnesota State in opening round action of the UConn Hockey Classic. The Bears will face either American International or the host Huskies on December 30th to round out the 2012 calendar year.
Last Weekend: Brown held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 against #13 Yale on Saturday evening, but ultimately the Bulldogs' won, 4-3, in a game largely decided by special teams as all four of Yale's goals came on the man-advantage. After junior Dennis Robertson gave Brown a 1-0 lead with his first of the season just past the 10-minute mark of the opening period, senior Chris Zaires tallied his second of the year at 14:00 to double the Bears' lead. Yale got one back before the end of the first period, but sophomore Matt Harlow scored his first career power play goal five minutes into the second frame to give the Bears a 3-1 lead. Yale closed out the middle stanza with three unanswered power play goals, including two in a span of 34 seconds with under three minutes remaining before the break. Brown outshot Yale, 14-6, in the last 20 minutes, but did not net the equalizer. In all nine different Bears tallied one point, including sophomore leading scorer Matt Lorito, who earned his 10th point of the year with an assist on Harlow's goal. Junior Marco De Filippo recorded 33 saves.
Brown vs. Union: This weekend marks the 44th meeting between Brown and Union, dating back to a 3-2 Union victory on December 30, 1989. The Bears hold a 21-12-10 series advantage over the Dutchmen, including a 9-5-5 record in the past 19 meetings after sweeping the season series in 2011-12. Since the 2009-10 season, when the current seniors were freshmen, Brown holds a 2-2-2 record. Sophomore Massimo Lamacchia is Brown's statistical leader against Union with 1-2-3 totals in two career games, while senior Chris Zaires has 1-2-3 totals in five career games. Junior Dennis Robertson adds three assists in three career games.
Scouting Union: The Dutchmen, ranked 12th in the current USCHO.com poll, enter the Brown-Yale weekend following a 4-0 loss to Quinnipiac and a 4-4 tie with Princeton on November 30th and December 1st, respectively. Union is 2-1-1 in its last four games after sweeping Penn State in a non-league series, 2-0 and 4-1, on November 24th and 25th. After opening with a 4-1 loss to Merrimack, the Dutchmen went 6-0-1 in their next seven games, before dropping a 3-2 decision to Dartmouth on November 10th leading up to the series against the Nittany Lions. Senior Kyle Bodie leads six different double digit scorers with 16 points (3g, 13a) in 13 games, while senior Wayne Simpson is right behind with 15 points (7g, 8a) in 13 games. Sophomore Shayne Gostisbehere leads the team with three power play goals, while Bodie leads the Dutchmen with two short-handed goals and Simpson has a team-high three game-winning goals. Junior Troy Grosenick has played the majority of time in net this season and has a 2.26 GAA with a .918 save percentage in 10 games (5-2-2).
Brown vs. Rensselaer: This weekend will mark the 84th meeting between Brown and RPI, dating back to a 5-0 Brown win during the 1951-52 season. The Engineers currently lead the all-time series, 55-21-7, including a season sweep in each of the last two years. Brown's last win over RPI came during the 2009-10 season, when the current seniors were freshman. The two teams split the regular season that year with each team winning in its own rink. The Bears then faced RPI in the first round of the playoffs, eliminating the 6th-seeded Engineers in three games with wins in game #1 and game #3. The split during the 2009-10 regular season marked the first time in four seasons that Brown earned a win over RPI in the regular season, as the Engineers were 7-0-1 from January 2006 through February 2009, including sweeping the season in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Senior Chris Zaires (2g, 1a in 7 games) and junior Dennis Robertson (1a in 4 games) are the only current members of Brown's team to have recorded a point against RPI.
Scouting Rensselaer: The Engineers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over Mercyhurst on November 16th and have gone 2-1-1 in its last four games, defeating Mercyhurst, 4-1, tying Princeton, 2-2, and falling to Quinnipiac, 3-1. After opening with a 1-0-2 record with a win and a tie against Ferris State and then a tie against Minnesota State, RPI fell in five straight games, including an overtime loss to Minnesota State, leading up to the Mercyhurst series. Rensselaer is led by sophomore Jacob Laliberte, who has 12 points (5g, 7a) in 10 games. Senior Nick Bailen (4g, 6a) and sophomore Matt Neal (3g, 7a) have also reached double digits in scoring with 10 points each in 12 games. Bailen leads the team with three power play goals, while three different players have each scored one game-winning goal. RPI has used three goalies almost equally with senior Bryce Merriam (311:26) edging sophomore Scott Deibold (214:44) and freshman Jason Kasdorf (203:36) in minutes played. Merriam has a 3.47 GAA with a .889 save percentage and a 1-3-1 record.