March 4, 2005
The Brown men's ice hockey team had three athletes selected to the 2005 All-Ivy Men's Ice Hockey team, all earning Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors. Senior Les Haggett (Norwood, NY) is making his second straight appearance on the All-Ivy team, while senior Mike Meech (Coquitlam, BC) and freshman Sean Hurley (Rutland, VT) are first time honorees.
A Second Team selection a year ago, Haggett currently leads the Bears with 25 points (11g, 14a). Bruno's captain, he became the first Brown player to reach the 100-career point mark since 1996 when he earned an assist against Dartmouth last weekend. He has consistently been ranked among the top scorers on the team in each of the past two seasons, and will finish among the top scorers again this season.
Meech had a break-through season this year, notching 11-9-20 numbers, while leading the team with six power-play goals. His 20 points is 10 more than his previous career-high, while he is just two points shy of eclipsing his three-year career total of 21 points. Head Coach Roger Grillo added an "A" to Meech's sweater mid-way through the season for what his leadership both on and off the ice.
Hurley made an immediate impact on the Bears' blueline, which featured three freshmen and only one senior. He led all defensemen in scoring with 17 points (2g, 15a), which ranked fourth overall on the team, and is tied for the team lead among rookies. His 17 points is also the most by a freshman defenseman at Brown since John Slonim '81 notched 20 points during the 1977-1978 campaign.
The Bears finished the regular season with a 14-12-3 record, earning their fourth straight season with at least 14 wins, and their third straight winning season. The sixth seed in the ECACHL Playoffs, Brown will host 11th-seeded Rensselaer in a best-of-three First Round series, March 4, 5, and if necessary, 6. All three games will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Meehan Auditorium.