Bears Travel to Colgate and #18 Cornell
This Weekend: Coming off its third weekend split in a row after falling to #11 Dartmouth (4-2) and defeating Harvard (5-2), the Bears make their second of three straight trips to New York this weekend to face Colgate and #18 Cornell, as the teams face off against each other for the first time this season. The Raiders and Big Red are two of four ECAC Hockey opponents who the Bears have yet to face this year, as Brown hosts Quinnipiac and Princeton in the first League games against that duo next weekend. Brown in the midst of a stretch of 15 straight ECAC Hockey contests and will look to climb in the League standings, as the Bears enter the weekend tied with Clarkson for 8th place (8 points), one point behind 7th-place Rensselaer and two points behind 6th-place Cornell. On the flip side, the Bears are also just two points ahead of last-place Harvard, which enters the weekend with six points.
Coming Up: In the midst of a 15-game stretch of ECAC Hockey contests, Brown will return home for three straight games next weekend when it hosts league-leading Quinnipiac (February 1st) and Princeton (February 2nd) in the first ECAC Hockey games this season against that duo. Brown closes the three-game homestand on Saturday, February 9th, when it wraps up the regular season series with Yale, before opening a four-game road swing in New York's Capital District February 15-16.
Last Time Out: Brown is coming off a second consecutive ECAC Hockey split, pushing its conference record to 2-2-2- over its last six ECAC Hockey games. In a 4-2 loss to #11 Dartmouth on Friday night, Brown controlled large portions of play but failed to capitalize on several chances. Sophomore Matt Lorito scored his team-leading 13th goal of the year to tie the game at 1-1 late in the first period, but a Big Green short-handed goal just two mintues later give the visitors a lead they would not relinquish. Dartmouth eventually led 4-1 on an empty net goal late in the game, and Jeff Ryan's first of the year with nine seconds left accounted for the 4-2 final. Battling injury, junior Marco De Filippo started the game and made six saves on eight shots in 20 minutes. Senior Anthony Borelli, who missed the entire week of practice with the flu, came in to start the second period and recorded 15 saves on 16 shots in relief. The next night against Harvard, Brown utilized a four-goal second period, during which the Bears outshot the Crimson, 23-8, to take a 4-2 lead into the final 20 minutes. Lorito led Brown with three assists, while senior Chris Zaires, junior Garnet Hathaway, and Ryan all had 1-1-2 totals. Sophomore Ryan Jacobson (game-winner) and freshman Nick Lappin also scored in the win, while Borelli recorded 26 saves for his fourth win of the year.
Brown vs. Colgate: Friday night's game between the Raiders and the Bears marks the 77th meeting between the two teams in a series that began on March 8, 1935, a 1-0 Brown victory. Colgate leads the all-time series, 51-20-5. However, Brown has gone 4-5-3 in its last 12 games against the Raiders, including a season sweep in 2010-11, Brown's first sweep since the 1992-93 season, with a 5-2 win in Hamilton and a 6-4 win in Providence. Colgate swept the series last year with a 5-3 victory in Providence and a 7-6 win in Hamilton. Brown's pair of wins in 2010-11 was Bruno's best season since earning three points in 2008-09. Senior Chris Zaires has 1-5-6 numbers in five career games, while juniors Dennis Robertson (2g, 3a) and Garnet Hathaway (1g, 4a) each have five points in four games.
Scouting Colgate: The Raiders were swept in a pair of 2-1 games last weekend at Rensselaer and Union, as Friday's loss to the Engineers snapped a five-game winning streak, during which Colgate defeated Clarkson, UMass (twice) and Sacred Heart (twice). The Raiders enter the weekend with seven points and are tied with St. Lawrence for 10th place, just one point behind Brown and Clarkson and one point ahead of Harvard. The Raiders are led by senior Robbie Bourdon and freshman Tylor Spink, who both have 7-13-20 totals in 21 and 22 games, respectively. Freshman Kyle Baun is third on the team with 17 points and leads the Raiders with 10 goals, while freshman Tyson Spink and sophomore Joe Wilson both have 5-11-16 numbers in 21 and 22 games, respectively. Sophomore Spiro Goulakos leads the team with four power play goals, while four different players have each scored two game-winning goals and five different players have each scored one short-handed goal. Freshman Spencer Finney (670:22) and junior Eric Mihalik (661:01) have more-or-less split time in net with Finney playing in 13 games (6-5-1) and Mihalik seeing time in 12 games (5-4-1). Finney leads the team with a 2.15 GAA and a .919 save percentage, while Mihalik has a 2.81 GAA and an .894 save percentage.
Brown vs. Cornell: Cornell leads the all-time series with Brown, which began with an 8-2 Brown win on February 21, 1959, by a 69-42-5 margin. The Big Red had earned a season sweep over the Bears in three straight seasons, but Brown reversed the trend by earning a season sweep of the Big Red in 2010-11 with a pair of 3-2 wins. The season sweep marked the first sweep of Cornell for Brown since the 1994-95 season and was Brown's best season against Cornell since 2003-2004, when the Bears earned three points against the Big Red. The Bears stretched their winning streak against Cornell to three games with a 5-4 win in Providence early last season, but the Big Red earned the split with a 5-2 victory in Ithaca. Junior Dennis Robertson leads all Brown players with six career points, all assists, in four career games.
Scouting Cornell: The Big Red enter Friday's game against Yale ranked 18th in this week's USCHO poll with an 8-7-2 record and a 4-4-2 mark in the ECAC. After opening the year with a 7-3-2 record, Cornell has gone 1-4-0 in its last five games, falling to Maine (6-4), Denver (twice), and Rensselaer (3-2) and defeating Union (3-2). All of those games have been away from Lynah Rink, as Cornell last played a home game on December 1st against St. Lawrence, a 5-3 victory, which pushed its home record to 4-1-2. Senior Greg Miller currently leads the team with 16 points (7g, 9a) in 17 games, while sophomore Joel Lowry is second on the team with 13 points (7g, 6a), also in 17 games. Four other players have reached double digits in scoring, including senior John Esposito, who is third with 11 points and leads the team with 8 goals, four power play goals, and three game-winning goals. Junior Andy Iles has played all but 5:49 (empty net) in the goal and has posted a 2.34 GAA and a .913 save percentage in over 1024 minutes.
Pictured: Brandon Pfeil '16. Photo by DSPics.net.