January 18, 2013

Men's Ice Hosts #11 Dartmouth and Harvard in Only Two January Home Games

This Weekend: Coming off a weekend split at Clarkson (W, 3-2) and St. Lawrence (L, 3-2),  the Bears host #11 Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend in their only home contests during the month of January. Brown is in the midst of a stretch of 15 straight ECAC Hockey contests and will look to climb in the League standings. The Bears enter the weekend tied with Harvard and St. Lawrence for ninth place with six points. The trio is just one point behind seventh-place Colgate and Clarkson and two behind sixth-place Cornell.

Saturday is Youth Hockey Day: With the 4:00 start on Saturday for the Bears' game against Harvard, Brown will provide free admission for all youth hockey players (12-and-under) who are wearing their hockey jersey. The Bears will also sign autographs at the conclusion of the game on Saturday afternoon. 

Coming Up: In the midst of a 15-game stretch of ECAC Hockey contests, Brown will make its second of three consecutive trips to New York next weekend when it travels to Colgate and Cornell for the first meeting this season against the Upstate New York duo. The Bears return home the first weekend of February and will open a three-game homestand against league-leading Quinnipiac on February 1st before hosting Princeton (2/2) and Yale (2/9).     

Last Time Out: Brown is coming off a split at Clarkson (W, 3-2) and St. Lawrence (L, 3-2) as the Bears earned their first ECAC Hockey victory of the season with Friday's win over the Golden Knights. The 3-2 win over Clarkson marked Brown's first win over the Golden Knights in Potsdam since January 23, 2010 and was just the sixth road victory over Clarkson all-time. Saturday's loss to the Saints was the sixth one-goal decision of the season for Brown, which is now 2-4-0 in those games and has also played to four ties. In last weekend's series in the North Country, sophomore Ryan Jacobson scored a pair against Clarkson, while sophomore Matt Lorito scored both goals against St. Lawrence. Sophomore Matt Harlow (1g, 1a), freshman Mark Naclerio (2a) and junior Matt Wahl (2a) all had two-point games against the Golden Knights, while senior Chris Zaires and junior Dennis Robertson both had one assist against the Saints. Naclerio also had a big weekend in the faceoff circle, going 12 of 15 on Friday and 11 of 15 on Saturday. Senior Anthony Borelli was solid both nights with 34 saves on Friday and 30 on Saturday.

Brown vs. Dartmouth: Friday's game against Dartmouth will mark the 146th meeting in the rivalry between the two teams, dating back to 1927-28. Dartmouth leads the all-time series by a 75-63-8 margin and has posted a 10-0-1 record in the last 11 games, including three victories last season and a pair of wins earlier this season; 4-0 in Providence and 2-1 in Hanover a week later. Brown's last point in the series was a 5-5 tie on February 6, 2010, during head coach Brendan Whittet's first season. Brown's last win was a 5-4 victory at Dartmouth on February 22, 2008. Senior Chris Zaires is Brown's statistical leader against the Big Green with 2-2-4 numbers in eight career games.

Scouting Dartmouth: The Big Green, ranked 11th in the current USCHO.com poll, enter the Brown-Yale weekend following a 3-2 win over travel partner Harvard. The victory snapped a three-game slide, during which Dartmouth dropped one-goal decisions to UMass (3-2), Quinnipiac (3-2, ot), and Princeton (2-1). Dartmouth sits in third place in the ECAC Hockey standings and is tied with Yale and Union with 11 points, two behind second-place Princeton and 12 behind League-leading Quinnipiac. Dartmouth is led by sophomore Tyler Sikura, who has 22 points (8g, 14a) in 16 games, while junior Matt Lindblad adds 18 points (7g, 11a) in 15 games. Junior Eric Robinson (8g, 5a) and senior Dustin Walsh (5g, 5a) round out the top four scorers on the team. Sikura and Robinson lead the Big Green with three power play goals, while Sikura has a team-high two short-handed goals and Robinson has a team-high three game-winning goals. Junior Cab Morris and freshman Charles Grant have more-or-less split time in net. Morris has a 1.98 GAA and a .921 save percentage in nine games (6-2-1), while Grant has a 2.40 GAA and a .916 save percentage in seven games (3-3-1).

Brown vs. Harvard: Brown and Harvard have met 161 times, with the Crimson leading the all-time series, 106-42-13, including a 3-2 win in Cambrdige earlier this year. 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 6-5-4 in the past 14 meetings, including a 4-4-3 record in the last 11 games. The Bears will nead at least a tie on Saturday night to keep their streak of consecutive seasons with at least one point, currently at six, against Harvard alive. 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 (2g, 2a - 6 games) and junior Dennis Robertson (4a - 5 games) both have four career points against Harvard to lead current members of the team against the Crimson.

Scouting Harvard: The Crimson enter the Brown-Yale weekend following a 3-2 loss to travel-partner Dartmouth on Saturday evening. The Crimson were mired in a 0-5-1 skid spanning from November 17-January 5th. However, a mid-week upset of Beantown rival Boston University, 6-5 in overtime, got Harvard back in the win column on January 9th. The Crimson currently sit in a three-way tie (with Brown and St. Lawrence) for ninth place in the ECAC Hockey standings with six points, just one point out of seventh place and two points out of sixth. Harvard is led by senior Alex Fallstrom (3g, 7a) and sophomore Tommy O'Regan (2g, 8a), who both have 10 points in 13 and 14 games, respectively. Freshman Jimmy Vesey (6g, 3a) rounds out the top three scorers with nine points in 11 games. Freshman Brian Hart leads the team with two power play goals, while sophomore Colin Blackwell has scored Harvard's only short-handed goal. Five different players have each scored one game-winning goal. Junior Raphael Girard has seen the majority of time in net this season and has a 3.18 GAA and a .906 save percentage in 14 games (5-8-1).   

Pictured: Mark Naclerio '16 has led Brown in the faceoff circle in each of the Bears' last five games. Photo by DSPics.net.