Brown Primed to Play at Colgate and No. 3 Cornell

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A week after scoring more goals in a game then the team had in nearly 10 years, the Brown women's ice hockey team starts both its road and ECAC Hockey slate this weekend at Colgate and No. 3 Cornell. The Bears head up to Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. to take on the Raiders at 7 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 28, before traveling to Ithaca, N.Y. take on the third-ranked and defending ECAC regular-season and playoff champion Big Red on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. 

A Look at Colgate

The Raiders are coming off a 6-2 loss to No.3 Cornell in their first league game of the season. The team netted two goals in the second period from sophomore Taylor Volpe and freshman Melissa Kueber but it was not enough to topple the Big Red. Colgate now has a 3-3 overall record and a 0-1 league mark. 

Junior Brittany Phillips, who is fifth in the nation in power play goals with three, leads the team with 11 points from five goals and six assists. She is followed by Melissa Kueberwho has six goals and three assists for nine points and is ranked 13th nationally in goals per game. Behind them are sophomore Jocelyn Simpson and freshman Miriam Drubel who have seven and six points respectively. Simpson has one goal and six assists while Drubel has one goal and five assists. 

Senior Kimberly Sass had a career-high performance against #3/3 Cornell on Tuesday, recording 58 saves to become the fourth goalie in program history to have 50 or more saves in a game. Her 58 stops were the fifth most in school history, moving her total number of saves this season to 194. She also continues to sit at fourth in program history in career saves with 1,820.  

The all-time series is tied between Colgate and Brown at 9-9-2 since the teams first met in the 2001-02 season. The Raiders have won four of the last five meetings, tying with Brown 2-2 in overtime in their first matchup last season. Colgate holds a 6-4 advantage at Starr Rink against the Bears, winning the last meeting at home 4-1 on Feb. 12, 2011.

A Look at Cornell

In the last two years, Cornell has evolved into one of the country's top teams. The 2010 season saw the Big Red advance to the NCAA championship game before losing in triple overtime to Minnesota-Duluth, and the team returned to the Frozen Four last year. Cornell returns the vast majority of its team this season. Last year's team went 31-3-1 and won its second consecutive ECAC Hockey tournament.

Early in this season, Cornell has won its only game thanks to four goals from Jillian Saulnier and four assists from Rebecca Johnston.

The Big Red opened the season ranked No. 3 in the USCHO.com national poll. After four weeks of the season, Wisconsin is ranked No. 1 and Minnesota sits at No. 2. The Big Red ended the 2010-11 season at No. 4.

Cornell's season and the career of freshman forward Jillian Saulnier started with a bang, as Saulnier scored four goals on four shots in a 6-2 win at Colgate. Saulnier was set up by Rebecca Johnston three times, and Johnston finished the game with four assists total. Also a big factor in the game was Brianne Jenner, who earned a goal and two assists.Chelsea Karpenko had the other goal for Cornell. Amanda Young had two assists, and Hayleigh Cudmore, Emily Fulton, Lauriane Rougeau and Catherine White notched helpers as well. Amanda Mazzotta stopped 10 of the 12 shots she faced, and the Big Red put up 64 shots on the Raiders.

Cornell holds a slight edge in the series, having two wins more than Brown. Most recently, the Big Red beat the Bears 8-0 on Feb. 11, 2011 and 3-0 earlier in the year to extend its winning streak over Brown to seven games. The last loss for Cornell against Brown came on Jan. 20, 2007.

A New Era For Brown

The winds of change have swept through Meehan Auditorium as new head coach Amy Bourbeau takes the reigns of the program as just the third bench boss in Brown history. Bourbeau joins the Bears after spending the past 14 years as an assistant coach at Princeton University. The first-year coach also brought in two new assistants. Andy McPhee, who was the 2005, 2008 and 2010 NESCAC Coach of the year at Trinity College, and Lucy Schoebel, who was an assistant coach at Wesleyan University in 2010-11 and a two-time Kazmaier Award nominee at Syracuse University.

All For One; One For All

In last Saturday's season-opening win versus Sacred Heart at Meehan Auditorium, not only did the Bears tally 10 goals on the day, the most scored since a 10-1 win at Quinnipiac on Nov. 18, 2003, but 13 different players tallied at least one point. Eight players also had at least two points, with five registering three or more.

Captain's Trick

2011 senior co-captain Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) made her impact on the 2011-12 season immediately as she tallied the first hat trick of her collegiate career. Landry scored the first and second goals of the game in a 10- shutout of Sacred Heart. With just over five minutes to play in the second period, Landry put her third past Pioneer goal-keeping for the hat trick.

Four-Point Day

Sophomore forward Emilie Dolan (Montreal, Quebec) had her coming-out party against Sacred Heart in the season-opener. Dolan played in 29 games as a rookie, but tallied her first collegiate point 4:06 into the second period of the game, on an assist of classmate Jessica Hoyle's (Toronto, Ontario) power play goal. Dolan then put her name in the books three more times. She put in a short-handed goal at 14:57 in the second and then an even-strength blast at 14:55 of the third. Her four-point day was capped on the Bears' 10th goal of the day, which she picked up an assist on.

Immediate Dividends

The Brown rookie class made a strong showing the first game of the season as all six players saw ice time. Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) led the way with three points on three assists, helping on the first two goals of the game. Shannon Flatley (Toronto, Ontario) also registered an assist on the second goal of the game. Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.) also tallied their first points of the season on assists.

Strong Scheduling

It will be another tough ECAC slate and nonconference schedule this season as the Bears will play seven games against teams ranked in the top-10 this year. Brown will also play 11 more against teams that have at least received votes in the national polls.

Senior Leadership

Head women's ice hockey coach Amy Bourbeau has announced that senior defender Paige Pyett (Milestone, Saskatchewan) and senior forward Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) will serve as team captains for the 2011-12 season. Pyett is a former ECAC All-Rookie team selection, while Landry was last season's team scholar-athlete, earning the academic excellence award. 

50th Anniversary of Meehan Auditorium

This season marks the 50th anniversary of Brown's George V. Meehan Auditorium which opened during the 1961-62 season. Brown will feature a special center-ice logo as well as a patch that will be sported on its home and away uniforms. Both the men's and women's team will host a doubleheader on December 3, to celebrate the anniversary. The women will take on Princeton while the men face Yale.