January 11, 2013

Men's Hockey Begins 15-Game League Stretch at Clarkson and St. Lawrence

This Weekend: After completing the non-league portion of their schedule (4-3-0)  with a 7-2 win over AIC at the UConn Hockey Classic, the Bears enjoyed a rare weekend off last Friday and Saturday heading into this weekend's games at Clarkson and St. Lawrence. The brief hiatus gave many players who are nursing injuries the chance to heal, as both Marco De Filippo and Joey de Concilys are expected to be available this weekend. With the majority of the ECAC Hockey schedule remaining, Bown begins its final stretch of League games, 15 straight, on Friday night against the Golden Knights, before facing the Saints on Saturday, as the Bears will close out the regular season series against the North Country duo. Friday's game at Clarkson is Brown's first ECAC Hockey contest since posting a 2-2 tie with RPI on December 8th.

Coming Up: Brown returns home to Meehan Auditorium to host Ivy foes Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend in its only home games during the month of January (aside from the exhibition game vs. the Russian Red Stars). At the end of the month, the Bears return to New York state for their first games this year against Cornell and Colgate.

Last Time Out: Brown easily handled the Russian Red Stars in an exhibition game, 7-1, on Wednesday, January 2nd.  Senior Jeff Ryan led the Bears with 4 points (3g, 1a), while freshman Joe Prescott had 3 points (1g, 2a). Other players with multiple points included freshman Brandon Pfeil (2a), sophomore Massimo Lamacchia (1g, 1a), junior Mark Hourihan (2a), and senior Marc Senecal (2a). Senior Anthony Borelli stopped 25 of 26 shots, before giving way to junior walk-on Joe Mello, who made one save in 3:07 of action. In their last NCAA game, a 7-2 win over AIC, the Bears were led by Pfeil, who had 4 points (1g, 3a), while sophomore Matt Harlow had a three-assist night and Prescott scored the first two goals of his career. Lamacchia and freshman Nick Lappin also had multiple-point games with 1-1-2 numbers, while Borelli recorded 25 saves.   

Brown vs. Clarkson: Brown and Clarkson have met 81 times, with the Golden Knights leading the all-time series, 58-15-8, including a 1-0-2 record since last season. In 2011-12, the Bears earned a 2-2 tie in Potsdam, but the Golden Knights posted a 3-1 victory in Providence, while the teams played to a 3-3 tie earlier this season in Providence on the strength of a pair of goals from junior Mike Juola. Brown won the first-ever meeting, 6-5, in a neutral site game played at St. Lawrence on 12/20/52. Clarkson dominated Brown in the early part of the series, winning 13 straight games from 1981-1987 and going 21-0-5 from 3/7/92-11/30/01. Since the 2001 game, Brown has found some success, earning a 7-12-3 record, including sweeping the series (for the first time since 2004-05) with a pair of 3-2 wins in 2009-10. Senior Richie Crowley is Brown's statistical leader against the Golden Knights with four points (all assists) in six career games, while classmate Chris Zaires has 1-2-3 totals in six career games.

Scouting Clarkson: Like Brown, the Golden Knights have played just seven ECAC Hockey contests and enter the weekend tied for sixth in the standings with a 3-3-1 record. Clarkson has dropped three straight games, falling to Mercyhurst, 3-1, in its final game of 2012, before opening the 2013 calendar year with a pair of losses (2-1 & 6-2) to UMass-Lowell. Clarkson's last win was a 3-1 victory over St. Lawrence (non-league) on December 8th. The Golden Knights are led by junior Allan McPherson, who has 16 points (4g, 12a) , while junior Jarrett Burton adds 13 points (7g, 6a). Three other players have reached double digits in scoring, while an additional 17 have posted at least one point. Sophomore Joe Zarbo leads the team with four power play goals, while junior Will Frederick has a team-high two game-winning goals. Freshman Greg Lewis has seen the majority of time in net this year and has a 2.84 GAA with a .901 save percentage in 17 games (4-8-4). Senior Cody Rosen has appeared in three games (121:52) and has a 3.94 GAA with a .869 save percentage, while freshman Andrew Hunt has played in one game (64:49), earning a 2.78 GAA with a .897 save percentage.

Brown vs. St. Lawrence: Brown and St. Lawrence have met 76 times, with the Saints leading the all-time series, 39-27-10. St. Lawrence won the very first meeting, 6-3, on 12/19/52. In the early part of the series, St. Lawrence dominated Brown, winning eight straight games from 1981-1985 and going 10-0-2 from 2/13/87-1/9/93. Since the 1993 game, Brown has earned a 21-14-8 record, including a 13-9-5 record since the 2001-2002 season. In addition, with the 3-3 tie in Providence earlier this year, the Bears have earned at least one point against the Saints in 21 straight seasons, winning at least one game in 15 of the past 20 years. Senior Chris Zaires is Brown's statistical leader against the Saints with six (3g, 3a) points in eight career games, while junior Garnet Hathaway has 2-2-4 totals in four career games.

Scouting St. Lawrence: The Saints enter Friday night's game against Yale following a weekend split with RIT as Saturday's 4-3 win over the Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak for St. Lawrence. The Saints enter the weekend tied with Brown and RPI for 10th place in the ECAC with four points. St. Lawrence is currently led by junior Greg Carey (12g, 14a) and senior Kyle Flanagan (9g, 17a), who both have 26 points. Four other players have reached double digits in scoring with an additional 12 have posted at least one point. Carey also leads the team with six power play goals, while Flanagan leads the team with two game-winning goals. Junior Matt Weninger has played all but 38:51 in net this season and has earned a 2.80 GAA with a .909 save percentage in 19 games (8-9-2).