PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown has played a grueling schedule thus far with seven of 10 games coming against teams that have at least received votes in the national polls. The 2010 portion of the Bears' slate comes to a close as the squad hits the road this weekend. The team looks to snap a three-game skid with games against Quinnipiac and Princeton. After a tough loss to St. Lawrence two weeks ago, the Bears (2-6-2, 1-3-2 ECAC Hockey) were edged in one-goal games in the Mayor's Cup against Providence and at Northeastern.
For the second time in three games, a goal with under a minute left to play made the difference for Brown last Friday, but this time it did no go in favor of the Bears. Providence scored the go-ahead goal with just 59 seconds left to put PC up 3-2 and take the 16th annual Mayor's Cup game.
In Sunday's matchup at Northeastern, the Bears first road game since October, a late Brown rally came up just short as the Bears scored with just over two minutes remaining to close within one of Huskies. Brown nearly knotted up the game just 30 seconds later when a Bear goal was called off after review and allowed the Huskies to hold on for the 2-1 win.
Sophomore Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) has been locked in as of late, as she has scored three goals in the past two games. Jolin lit the lamp twice in the Mayor's Cup and scored Brown's lone goal at Northeastern.
Freshman Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) has shown that Brown now has two solid goaltenders along with sophomore Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario). Moore was phenomenal in Boston on Sunday, as she stopped 44 shots and kept the Bears in the game throughout.
Quinnipiac earned its second-ever Nutmeg Classic Tournament championship with wins over Sacred Heart and Yale on November 26 and 27. Tournament MVP Kate Wheeler contributed two goals and three assists over the weekend, while freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was also honored by being named to the all-tournament team. Babstock tallied a team-record two goals and four assists in Friday's 9-1 victory over Sacred Heart. In addition to Wheeler being named the Nutmeg Classic Tournament MVP, she was also selected as the ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Tuesday, Nov. 29. This was the third Player of the Week selection for Wheeler this season. The Oakville, Ontario native has scored a career high eight goals this season and is tied with her career high of 10 assists in a season. Her 18 points are good for second on both the team and in the ECAC in total points. She ranks eighth in the league in goals, third in assists, and first in plus/minus with an overall plus-19 mark.
Friday's contest will be the 13th time the two squads will face each other. In their last meeting on February, 20, 2010, Quinnipiac defeated Brown 8-1 in its final regular season contest. Seven different Bobcats scored in the victory, while freshman goaltender Victoria made 30 saves on the evening to earn her 17th victory as a starting goaltender.
Princeton opens a stretch of six-straight home games this weekend when it entertains Yale and Brown at Hobey Baker Rink. It will be a busy weekend of hockey at Baker Rink as both women's games will be the front end of doubleheaders with the men's team. Princeton enters the weekend looking to snap a six-game winless streak over the past three weekends. The Tigers are 0-5-1 in the span with the lone tie a 2-2 draw with 10th-ranked Harvard on Nov. 13. Last weekend Princeton fell twice at fifth-ranked Boston University.
The Tigers are 32-29-2 all-time against the Bears and 15-13-0 in games played at Baker Rink. Last season each team won in the other's building. The Tigers posted a 5-0 shutout in Providence but Brown defeated Princeton 4-3 in overtime late in the season. Paula Romanchuk and Sasha Sherry each had a goal and assist in the win.
Next Time on the Ice
The Bears will not see the rink until 2011 when Brown hosts Boston University at Meehan Auditorium on January 2, at 2 p.m.
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