Bears Primed for Big Weekend; Host Colgate and No. 2 Cornell

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's ice hockey wraps up its three-game homestand this weekend when the Bears host two ECAC Hockey foes in Colgate and No. 2 Cornell. It will be the first time this season that Brown plays each team. The Bears host Colgate at 7 p.m. on Friday night before taking on the No. 2 team in the land at Meehan Auditorium on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

BEAR COUNTRY

Brown has faced grueling schedule in the first half of the season with eight of its 12 opponents receiving votes in the national poll and five cracking the top 10.

It does not get any easier however, as four of the Bears' first six games back from the break come against teams that are ranking in the top five. Brown was topped by No. 3 Boston University on Sunday, Jan. 2 and now faces No. 2 Cornell on Saturday before traveling to No. 5 Mercyhurst next weekend for a doubleheader.

Even with a grueling slate, the Bears can move into a tie with Colgate for the final ECAC playoff spot with a win over the Raiders on Friday.

For the first time since opening day, the Bears will be back to full strength. Rookie goaltender Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) will return from a one-game absence while senior captain Samantha Stortini (Sudbury, Ontatio) will be available to play for the first time since the Nov. 6 matchup with Sacred Heart.

Sophomore Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) continues to be the Bears main offensive threat, leading the team with five goals, seven points and 27 shots.

Rookie defender Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Onatrio) has proven she can do it all, playing staunch defense while leading the team with five assists this season.

Brown's defensive style has not affected second-year goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) as she has posted some solid all-around numbers. Jamieson has accounted for both Bear wins this season and one of its ties. She has also posted a 2.75 goals against average and .924 save percentage while stopping 256 stops in 479:32 minutes played this season.

Scouting Colgate

The Raiders are coming off a 4-4 tie with Syracuse on Tuesday, Jan. 4 in its final non-conference game of the season. Sophomores Jenna Klynstra (Edmonton, Alta.) and Brittany Phillips (Lauder, Man.) recorded three points each for Colgate (6-12-1, 3-5 ECAC). Klynstra had two goals and one assist, while Phillips had three assists. Freshman Rachel Walsh (Calgary, Alta.)and classmate Jocelyn Simpson (Shorewood, Ill.) also registered one goal apiece, with Walsh also adding an assist for two points. 

Phillips continues to lead the team with 20 points from seven goals and a team-high 13 assists. She is followed by Klynstra and senior Jessi Waters (Menlo Park, Calif.). Klynstra has a team-high nine goals and 8 assists for 17 points while Waters has 11 points off one goal and 10 assists.

Brown leads the all-time series with the Raiders 9-8-1. Colgate has won the last three meetings, most recently a 4-3 win over the Bears in Providence, R.I. The Raiders have a 3-5-1 record on the road against Brown.

Scouting Cornell

Cornell closed out the fall semester with a 13-1 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in ECAC Hockey action, skating to a 3-1 win against St. Lawrence and a 3-0 victory against Clarkson on Dec. 3-4 at Lynah Rink before taking a five-week break for exams and holidays.

The second-ranked team in the nation, Cornell has posted the nation's third-best scoring offense and top scoring defense. For the year, six different players are averaging at least one point per game, led by junior Rebecca Johnston and freshman Brianne Jenner, who both have 20 points through 12 games this season. Jenner has a team-best 11 goals this year, including a pair of game-winners, while Johnston leads the team with 12 assists.

In goal, junior Amanda Mazzotta has been outstanding, recording a 13-1 record with a 0.91 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage and four shutouts. Cornell has also excelled on special teams, ranking tied for first in the nation in power play percentage (25.9 percent, converting on 15-of-58 chances) and first in penalty killing percentage (95.8 percent, 46-of-48 chances).

The Big Red will be shorthanded for this weekend's series at Yale and Brown, as five players have been called into the Canadian U22 National Team camp for this week's MLP Cup in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Juniors Catherine White and Chelsea Karpenko, sophomores Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau and freshman Jessica Campbell have each been selected to the roster and will participate for Canada.

Cornell and Brown are tied in the all-time series, 34-34-8, with Cornell having claimed the victory in each of the last five meetings between the two programs. The Big Red swept last season's series. Brown's last win in the series came on Jan. 30, 2007, in Providence, R.I., a 3-0 victory. 

Next Time on the Ice

After wrapping up its three-game homestand this Saturday, the Bears begin a five game road trip starting with a midweek matchup with Ivy League foe Yale on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. From there, the team will take the eight-hour trip up to Mercyhurst for a two-game set on Jan. 14-15. The road trip concludes with weekend games on Jan. 21 and 22 at St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

Pictured: Senior tri-captain Samantha Stortini