February 22, 2013

Bears Continue Fight for Playoff Positioning This Weekend at Princeton and #1 Quinnipiac

This Weekend: Brown will play at Princeton and #1 Quinnipiac in its final road trip of the 2012-13 regular season. The Bears enter the weekend still in the hunt for home ice for the playoffs and are just two points behind Princeton and Clarkson, who are tied for 7th place. Brown is also four points out of fifth place, where Dartmouth and Yale sit with 19 points. The Bears will also look to maintain positioning over Colgate and Cornell, currently tied for 10th place with 12 points, and 12th-place Harvard (10 points).

Coming Up: The Bears return home next weekend to host Cornell and Colgate in the final two games of the regular season. Brown will recognize its season ticket holders on Friday night and will honor the six seniors on Saturday afternoon. 

Last Time Out: After earning at least two points in their last six ECAC Hockey weekends, the Bears failed to pick up a point in a weekend series for the first time since November 2-3 with last weekend's losses at RPI (5-1) and Union (2-0). In Friday night's loss to the Engineers, special teams would prove to be the difference, as RPI scored three power play goals to open up a 5-0 lead, before freshman Joe Prescott got the Bears on the board early in the third period. Senior Anthony Borelli recorded 28 saves in nearly 45 minutes of action, allowing all five goals, while junior Marco De Filippo stopped all six shots he faced in just over 15 minutes of relief. The next night against Union, the Bears played to a scoreless tie through the midway point of the second period, before conceeding what would prove to be the game-winning goal to the Dutchmen. Borelli was brilliant in goal, stopping a career-high 46 shots, allowing just one goal, but Union clinched the win with an empty-net goal with 19 seconds left in regulation.

Brown vs. Princeton: This weekend marks the 158th meeting all-time between Brown and Princeton. Due to the Ivy Showcase, this season will mark the fifth consecutive year that the two teams will face each other three times during the regular season. Brown holds an 83-65-9 advantage over Princeton in the all-time series, which dates back to a 4-4 tie during the 1899-1900 season. Brown is 2-0 against Princeton this season, after going 1-1-1 against the Tigers in 2011-12, winning the non-league game and going 0-1-1 in League competition. Five of the last seven games between the two teams that have not ended in a tie have been decided by just one goal. Under fourth-year Head Coach Brendan Whittet '94, Brown has earned a 5-5-1 record against the Tigers. Junior Garnet Hathaway is Brown's statistical leader against the Tigers with 3-3-6 totals in seven games, while senior Chris Zaires adds 1-4-5 totals in 10 career games. Three other players have all posted four points against the Tigers. 

Scouting Princeton: The Tigers enter the weekend following a pair of 3-2 losses to Clarkson and St. Lawrence last weekend. Princeton has alternated two wins with two losses each of the last three weekends, dating back to a pair of losses at Brown (5-1) and Yale (4-2) the weekend of February 1-2. The Tigers followed that up with a road sweep at Colgate (4-2) and Cornell (1-0), before dropping the games to the North Country duo. Princeton is led by junior Andrew Calof, who has 31 points (10g, 21a) in 25 games, while sophomore Tyler Maugeri adds 22 points (9g, 13a) in 25 games. Junior Andrew Ammon (7g, 7a) and senior Michael Sdao (7g, 6a) round out the top four scorers, while four other players have all reached double digits in scoring. Sdao and freshman Mike Ambrosia lead the team with four power play goals each, while Calof has a team-high three game-winning goals. Senior Mike Condon has played the majority of time in net (990:57) and has a 2.42 GAA with a .926 save percentage. Junior Sean Bonar has recorded a 3.24 GAA with a .901 save percentage in 518:34.  

Brown vs. Quinnipiac: Brown and Quinnipiac have played 10 games against each other since the 2010-11 season as the teams have faced off in the first round of the ECAC Playoffs in each of the last two years. Last season, Quinnipiac earned three points in regular-season series with a 2-2 tie in Providence and a 4-1 victory in Hamden. The Bears took game one of the best-of-three series, hosted by Quinnipiac, 4-1, but the Bobcats won the next two games, 3-0 and 4-2, to advance to the Quarterfinal Round, ending Brown's season. In 2010-11, the duo played to a pair of ties in the regular season, before Quinnipiac swept Brown in the playoffs with a pair of 4-0 wins in Hamden. Quinnipiac has a 13-5-4 record in the all-time series with the Bears. Earlier this season in Providence, the teams played to a 1-1 tie on the strength of 38 saves, which was then a career-high, from senior Anthony Borelli. Senior Chris Zaires is Brown's statistical leader against Quinnipiac with five points (1g, 4a) in 11 career games, while junior Dennis Robertson has four points (3g, 1a) in nine games.

Scouting Quinnipiac: The Bobcats enter Friday's game with Yale following a 2-1 win over Clarkson last Saturday. Quinnipiac saw its 21-game unbeaten streak come to an end last Friday night, falling to St. Lawrence, 2-1. With four games remaining, the Bobcats have aleady clinched the ECAC Regular Season Title, as they sit in 1st place with 32 points, 11 ahead of second-place RPI. Quinnipiac is led by senior Jeremy Langlois, who has 26 points (11g, 15a) in 29 games, while sophomore Matthew Peca is second on the team with 19 points (9g, 10a). Seniors Jordan Samuels-Thomas (9g, 7a) and Clay Harvey (4g, 12a) round out the top four scorers on the team, while an additional eight players have earned double digits in scoring. Junior Connor Jones leads the team with five power play goals, while Jones, Peca, Samuels-Thomas, and senior Russell Goodman have a team-high four game-winning goals. Senior Eric Hatzell has played the majority of the season in net and has a 1.46 GAA with a .935 save percentage in 29 games (1721:19). Freshman Michael Garteig has appeared in three games (97:49) and has a 2.45 GAA with a .867 save percentage.

Pictured: Dennis Robertson '14. Photo by DSPics.net.