"Bears Showing Their Teeth"

Jan. 10, 2005

Bears Showing Their Teeth

Brown exceeds expectations with seven-game unbeaten streak.

Jan. 6, 2005

By Elliot Olshansky

Quick, name the hottest team in the ECAC Hockey League.

To be sure, it's a tough question. The closing months of 2004 saw Vermont emerge from nowhere to run off an 11-game unbeaten streak, only to see it end against Harvard. The Crimson have been a dynamo in their own right, as the team's play has been a revelation under the guidance of new head coach Ted Donato. However, as league play resumes this weekend, an unlikely squad is riding the conference's longest current unbeaten streak: the Brown Bears.

The Bears were picked to finish seventh in the ECAC by the coaches and eighth by the media in the preseason polls. Many thought that they wouldn't keep up after the graduation of Hobey Hat Trick goaltender Yann Danis, not to mention leading scorer Brent Robinson and top defenseman Scott Ford. The Bears seemed to confirm that assessment when they started the season with a five-game winless streak.

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