PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A day after the "Blizzard of 2011" the Brown women's ice hockey team makes the 10-hour trek to Erie, Pa. The Bears will take on Mercyhurst in a two-game set. The first game will take place tomorrow afternoon, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. with the second game also being played at two on Saturday, Jan. 15.
After a month-long layoff for exams and the holiday season, the Bears returned to the ice on Jan. 2, opening a three-game homestand in which Brown went 0-2-1. Bruno was supposed to begin its five-game road trip yesterday at Yale, but record snow fall in the Connecticut area forced officials to postpone the game until February 15.
Now, the Bears begin a four-game trip, taking on Mercyhurst (two games), Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
Brown has also faced a grueling schedule in the first half of the season with nine 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 five games back from the break come against teams that are ranking in the top five. Brown was topped by No. 3 Boston University on Jan. 2 and fell to No. 2 Cornell this past Saturday. Bruno now travels to No. 5 Mercyhurst this weekend for a doubleheader.
The Bears are back to full strength with the return of senior captain Samantha Stortini (Sudbury, Ontario). Stortini missed seven games with a hip injury and returned this past weekend.
Sophomore Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) continues to be the Bears main offensive threat, leading the team with five goals, eight points and 40 shots.
Rookie defender Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) has proven she can do it all, playing staunch defense while leading the team with six 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 two of its ties. She has also posted a 2.68 goals against average and .922 save percentage while stopping 321 stops in 604:32 minutes played this season.
In the Lakers last game, freshman Christine Bestland scored two goals, including the game-winner, and junior Hillary Pattenden posted 16 saves to earn her second shutout of the season, as the No. 4/5 Mercyhurst College women's hockey team defeated Syracuse, 6-0. The Lakers, completing their fifth series sweep of the season, stretched their record to 16-4-0 on the season and 7-0-0 in league play.
Mercyhurst saw three of its players honored earlier this week for their play in a two-game sweep of College Hockey America opponent Syracuse. Senior captain Meghan Agosta was tabbed CHA Player of the Week, junior Hillary Pattenden earned the title of goaltender of the week and freshman Christine Bestland was honored as rookie of the week.
All three players helped the Lakers defeat Syracuse by the scores of 5-2 and 6-0 last weekend at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Agosta scored three goals and dished out two assists in the sweep. In Friday's 5-2 victory, Agosta had a hand in four of the five goals, as she scored twice and helped out on two others. She then followed up the game with her 22nd goal of the season, short-handed, in the 6-0 shutout on Saturday.
Pattenden recorded both victories, including her second shutout of the season and eighth career perfomance at Mercyhurst. She stopped 16 shots and allowed one even-strength goal on Friday before recording 16 stops again in a 6-0 blanking on Saturday.
Bestland totaled three goals on the weekend, including both game-winners. She scored twice on Friday and found the back of the net once in the shutout on Saturday.
Next Time on the Ice
The Bears' four-game road trip concludes with weekend games on Jan. 21 and 22 at St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
Pictured: Freshman defender Jenn Nedow