This Weekend: Brown will close out a three-game homestand with a single game against its travel partner, ninth-ranked Yale, on Tuesday evening at 7:00. Originally scheduled for Saturday night at 7:00, the game was moved to Sunday evening and then postponed to Tuesday due to travel restrictions. The game is the final home contest during the month of February, as the Bears won't return home until the final weekend of the regular season, March 1st and 2nd against Cornell and Colgate. The Bears will look to avenge a 4-3 loss to the Bulldogs in New Haven when Yale erased a 3-1 deficit with three straight power play goals in the first meeting between the Ivy rivals this year. Brown will look to gain some separation from a pack of five teams (Clarkson, Colgate, Princeton, and RPI in addition to Brown) who are all tied for sixth place with 13 points; one behind fifth-place St. Lawrence and three ahead of 11th-place Cornell. However, the other four teams have a game in hand over the Bears, though all 12 ECAC Hockey teams will have played 16 league contests following this weekend.
Promotions Tuesday: The department of athletics is sponsoring several promotions for Tuesday's pivotal game against the Bulldogs with big prizes on the line for Brown students. As part of Faculty-Staff Night, Brown employees can receive up to four free tickets to the game by visiting the Brown ticket office at the Pizzitola Sports Center and showing their Brown ID card. Student promotions for Tuesday's game include:
- Freshmen Appreciation Night - Brown freshmen can enter a raffle to win an iPad Mini
- Chuck-a-Puck for all Brown Students - Brown students can enter a FREE chuck-a-puck competition for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Paragon.
- Greek Battle (potentially) - The Greek houses at Brown will compete to make the most creative banner supporting the team. The winning fraternity or sorority will receive a $100 gift card to Paragon.
Coming Up: In the midst of a 15-game stretch of ECAC Hockey contests, Brown will make its third straight trip to the Empire State next weekend when the Bears travel to the Capitol District to face Rensselaer and Union, opening up a four-game road trip. The Bears play their final two road contests of the regular season, at Princeton and Quinnipiac, the following weekend, before returning home for their last two games of the regular season against Cornell and Colgate on March 1st and 2nd.
Last Time Out: After posting three straight ECAC Hockey weekend splits, the Bears earned three points at home last weekend with a 1-1 tie with #2 Quinnipiac and a 5-1 win over Princeton. Senior Anthony Borelli recorded a career-high 38 saves in Friday's tie with the Bobcats, before stopping 22 of 23 the next night against the Tigers. In the tie with Quinnipiac, freshman Brandon Pfeil's second goal of the year gave Brown a 1-0 lead late in the second period, but Quinnipiac converted a power play less than three minutes later to tie the score at 1-1, which is how it would remain through the end of regulation and overtime. Both goalies recorded at least 30 saves with Brown firing 31 shots on Quinnipiac's Eric Hartzell. The next night against Princeton, the two teams were tied, 1-1, through the midway point of the game. However, Brown opened the score up, scoring three goals in a span of 61 seconds during the second period. Junior Jake Goldberg's first goal of the year, on the power play, gave Brown a 2-1 lead, while senior Marc Senecal scored his first of the season just 22 seconds later to give Brown a 3-1 lead. Junior Garnet Hathaway scored his first of two goals 49 seconds after Senecal's tally, capping the run and giving Brown a 4-1 lead. Hathaway added his second of the night with just over eight minutes left in regulation to account for the 5-1 final. Freshman Mark Naclerio and junior Mark Hourihan both had two assists in the win, as Naclerio stretched his consecutive game point-scoring streak to four games. Brown dominated the game throughout, building a 50-23 shot advantage over the Tigers, including a 21-5 margin in the decisive second period.
Brown vs. Yale: Yale leads the all-time series with Brown, which dates back to the 1897-1898 season, by a 92-73-8 margin, including winning 16 of the last 20 games between the two programs. In fact, dating back to December 9, 2006, the Bulldogs had won 11 straight contests, a streak that was snapped in March 2010 when Brown earned a 3-2 win in game #1 of the ECAC Quarterfinal series. The Bears would go on to claim the series with a 1-0 victory in game #3. Since that series, the two teams have played some spirited games. For the past two seasons, the teams have split the regular-season series with each team winning in its home rink. Yale won the first meeting between the two schools this season, coming from from a 3-1 deficit to earn a 4-3 victory. Senior Chris Zaires is Brown's statistical leader against the Bulldogs with 2-5-7 numbers in 11 career games, while junior Dennis Robertson adds 3-3-6 totals in six career games.
Scouting Yale: The Bulldogs are coming off their second straight weekend split, falling to #2 Quinnipiac on Saturday night, 6-2, after defeating Princeton, 4-2, on Friday. The weekend followed a split at Cornell (W, 3-2, ot) and Colgate (L, 4-1) the weekend before, as Yale has gone 2-2-0 in its last four games. The loss to Colgate on January 26th was Yale's first loss in almost a month, as the Bulldogs had gone 5-0-1 from in its first six games during the month of January after falling to Holy Cross, 5-4, to close out the 2012 calendar year on December 30th. Junior Kenny Agostino leads the team in scoring with 27 points (12g, 15a), while senior Antoine Laganiere (12g, 11a) and senior Andrew Miller (10g, 13a) are tied for second on the team with 23 points. Seven other players have reached double digits in scoring, while an additional nine have posted at least one point. Laganiere leads the team with six power play goals, while four players on the team - Agostino, Laganiere, Miller, and junior Jesse Root - share the team lead with two game-winning goals. Senior Jeff Malcolm has seen the majority of time in net and has a .918 save percentage with a 2.48 GAA in 19 games (11-4-2). Senior Nick Maricic has appeared in six games (2-2-1) and has a .869 save percentage with a 3.61 GAA.