November 4, 2011

Brown Continues Four-Game ECAC Hockey Road Swing at Princeton and Quinnipiac

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's hockey continues a four-game ECAC Hockey road swing this weekend when the squad travels to take on Princeton on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., before facing Quinnipiac on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. at Messa Rink. The Bears (1-1-1) will look to add to its conference point total after securing one point with a 1-1 tie against Colgate. The Princeton game will be head coach Amy Bourbeau's first return to the home of the Tigers, since taking over at the helm of the Bears. Bourbeau spent 14 years as an assistant at Princeton. 

A Look at Princeton

The Tigers are 2-1-1 on the season and undefeated in ECAC play with a 1-0-1 mark, defeating Union and tying Rensselaer on the road last weekend. Sophomore Sally Butler is the team's leading scorer with three goals and two assists for five points. Linesmates Olivia Mucha and Denna Laing each have four points. Juniors Kelly Cooke and Corey Stearns along with senior Paula Romanchuk have two points apiece. Senior Rachel Weber has made 97 saves on 105 shots for a 1.99 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

Princeton owns a 34-29-2 advantage in the all-time series with Brown, which began in 1980. The Tigers won both meetings last year, earning a 4-0 shutout at home and a 4-2 win on the road.

A Look at Quinnipiac

The Bobcats skated to a 5-1 win over ECAC Hockey opponent Union in their last game at Messa Rink. With the win, Quinnipiac improved to 2-0 in ECAC Hockey action and 3-5 overall.

Quinnipiac has been ranked as high as No. 9 in the USCHO collegiate rankings and are led by reigning ECAC Rookie and Player of the Year Kelly Babstock, who has seven points in eight games played (four goals, three assists). Junior Brittany Lyons is second on the team with six points (two goals, four assists).

Junior goalie Victoria Vigilanti anchors the defense with a 2.62 goals against average and a .903 save percentage over seven games. She has made 177 saves thus far.

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.

A "Backbone" Performance

Brown picked up its first ECAC Hockey point of the season in the team's first conference game at Colgate on Friday, Oct. 28, thanks to sophomore netminder Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.). Moore made 37 stops in a 1-1 overtime tie against the Red Raiders and was awarded the teams "Golden Skate" award, given to the team's top star. Coach Bourbeau crediting Moore, saying she was indeed the "backbone" of the team in that game.

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 ten games (six different opponents) against teams that have been ranked in the top-10 this year. Brown will also play eight 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.