PROVIDENCE, R.I. –Brown women's ice hockey opens 2012 on Wednesday night at Ingalls Rink against ECAC Hockey and Ivy League-rival Yale at 7 p.m. After 27 days away from the ice for exams and the holiday season, the Bears will look to pick up a conference point to take over sole possession of eighth place in league play and improve on their 4-5-5, 1-4-3 ECAC record.
A Look at Yale
Yale (1-14-0, 1-7-0 ECAC Hockey) can move out of 12th place in the conference standings and up to a tie for 10th with a win Wednesday night. The Bulldogs' last game, Dec. 3, was a frustrating 3-2 overtime loss to Quinnipiac, the team that is currently atop the ECAC Hockey standings. The Bulldogs held a 2-1 lead until the Bobcats tied it on an extra attacker goal with five minutes left, then won it 2:49 into overtime.
Three players -- senior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), freshman forward Stephanie Mock (Cape Coral, Fla.) and sophomore forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.) -- enter the second half of the season tied for the team lead in points with seven. Raines, who led Yale in points last year with 19, has scored four of her five goals this year on the power play.
Early Points for Bruno
Through just half of the season, the Bears have already doubled their point total from last season. Brown boasts wins over Union and Providence College, while picking up ties at Quinnipiac, at Maine (twice), RPI and at Colgate. Bruno also has five ECAC league points and is currently tied for the final playoff spot with Colgate.
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.
10 Goals for the Second Time
For second time in just over a month and a half, Brown netted 10 goals in a game, both times coming against Sacred Heart. The Bears were victorious on opening day at Meehan Auditorium and closed out the 2011 slate with another 10-0 win. Senior forward Vika Mykolenko (Kharkiv, Ukraine) was the start of the game, leading the way with five points (2 G, 3 A).
Toe-to-Toe with No. 4
Brown hosted the No. 4 team in the nation on Sunday, Nov. 27, taking on Boston College. The Bears skated right with the Eagles for entire game, but ultimately fell 3-1. Bruno got a wicked slapshot goal from junior forward Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic), who had recently rejoined the team after training for two weeks with the Czech Republic National Team.
Mayor's Cup Champs
The Bears took back the Mayor's Cup at Providence College on Nov. 25, with a 2-1 at Schneider Arena. The win versus the Bears crosstown rival was especially important for coach Bourbeau, who returned to her alma mater for the first time since becoming a head coach.
Unbeaten in Maine
Brown made the trek up North on Nov. 18 & 19, and came home with two points, picking up ties on each day versus Maine in the "Battle of the Bears." Bruno got three players with multiple point nights in the a 4-4 overtime tie on Friday night before junior goalie Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) made 31 saves for her second shutout of the season.
Three-Point ECAC Weekend
Bears not only picked up their first ECAC Hockey win on Nov. 12, in a 1-0 win over Union, but made it a three-point weekend with a 2-2 tie against RPI. Brown got the game-tying-goal from rookie Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) in the third period against the Engineers at Meehan Auditorium on Friday night. The next day, senior co-captain Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) tallied the game-winning goal with 72 seconds left in the contest versus the Dutchwomen.
Junior goalie Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) was sensational in Brown's 2-2 at Quinnipiac on Saturday, Nov. 5. Jamieson faced a barrage of shots against one of the top teams in the ECAC this season and made 48 saves in an impressive performance, which gave the Bears their second conference point of the season. Rookies Shannon Flatley (Toronto, Ontario) and Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.) tallied their first career goals in the effort.
A Close Return
For the first time in 14 years, Amy Bourbeau was not on the home bench in Baker Rink. Bourbeau returned to Princeton after serving her long tenure as the assistant coach for the Tigers, but this time as the head coach of the Bears. Brown went toe-to-toe with Princeton for the entire game, but a power play goal by the Tigers' Olivia Mucha proved to be the difference in the 1-0 contest. Sophomore goaltender Aubree Moore (Bowie Md.) was once again stellar in net for Brown (1-2-1, 0-2-1), making 28 saves, 19 in the final period.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.