Brown Returns to Meehan For Pivotal ECAC Hockey Weekend Against St. Lawrence and Clarkson

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After concluding its non-conference schedule last week, the Brown women's ice hockey team returns to Meehan Auditorium for the first time since December 3, with a pivotal league weekend against St. Lawrence and Clarkson on the docket. The Bears (5-5-6, 2-4-3) are currently tied for the eighth in the conference standings while SLU and Clarkson are seventh and fifth, respectively. The Bears take on the Saints at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 13, before facing the Golden Knights on Saturday, January 14, at 4 p.m.

Brown Athletics in conjunction with the deparment of Marketing & Promotions and the Ticket Office feature two promotions this weekend for fans. Friday is Faculty & Staff night. Employees are entitled to four free tickets to the game. To claim your tickets, call 401-863-2212 before the game. On Saturday, kids 12-and-under who wear their favorite hockey jersey will recieve free admission.

A Look at St. Lawrence

The Saints (11-7-3, 5-4-1) boast 11 ECAC Hockey points on the season, three ahead of the Bears. St. Lawrence has been on a roll as of late, winning their past five games, including wins over nationally ranked squads Boston College and Northeastern. SLU has not allowed more than three goals on the season.

St. Lawrence is lead by the trio of Karell Emard, Kelly Sabtine and Rylee Smith, who each have at least 20 points this season. Sabatine leads the squad with eight goals, while Emard leads in assists with 15.

In net, Carmen MacDonald has made 14 starts and boasts an 8-4-2 record, with a 2.35 goals-against average a .921 save percentage.

A Look at Clarkson

With a return to ECAC Hockey play, Clarkson looks to regain the form which made the Golden Knights one of the hottest teams in the country closing out the 2011 portion of the schedule. Seeing its first action in 24 days and without leading scorer, sophomore Jamie Lee Rattray Clarkson struggled to start the New Year, dropping two games in Boston against a pair of Top-10 ranked teams. Last Thursday, the Green and Gold lost to seventh-ranked Northeastern, 5-2, and then fell to fourth-ranked Boston College, 3-2, on Friday.

Led by senior captain Katelyn Ptolemy and senior assistant captain Danielle Boudreau Clarkson owns a 12-6-4 overall record its tied for fourth in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 6-3-1 league mark. The Knights, who have won their last three conference games and six of their last seven in league play, are one point behind third-place Princeton and seven points away from ECAC Hockey leader Quinnipiac. Clarkson, however, has four games in hand over both the Tigers and Bobcats. 

Selected ECAC Goaltender of the Month for both October and November, sophomore Erica Howe has posted all-star numbers this season. Playing in all but 47 minutes in the Clarkson goal through the first 22 games, Howe boasts a 1.76 goals against average (6th in the nation), a .926 save percentage (13th) and is tied for second in the NCAA in shutouts with five. Howe backstops Division I's second-ranked penalty-kill 89.2% (83-93). 

Brown's Dynamic Duo

Brown boasts a .500 record and if the ECAC Hockey playoffs started today, the Bears would be in, large in part to Bruno's goaltending duo. Both junior Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) and sophomore Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) have been outstanding between the pipes. Both netminders are in the top five in the conference in goals-against average and save percentage. Jamieson is fifth with a 1.97 GAA and third with a .941 save percentage. Moore leads the league with a .945 save percentage and stands third with a 1.85 GAA.

Pierri's Third Period Goal Helps Bears to OT Tie Against UConn

Brown extended its unbeaten streak to three games on Saturday, January 7, at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, skating to a 1-1 overtime tie with UConn. Brown trailed in the game for all but 12:13, as the Huskies scored just two minutes into the contest. The Bears were able to find the equalizer late however, as senior Jacquie Pierri (Montclair, N.J.) came up with the clutch score at 10:07 in the third period.

Bourbeau Featured in Providence Journal

Brown women's ice hockey head coach Amy Bourbeau was interviewed by Providence Journal writer Mark Divver and was featured on the front page of the January 6 sports section. Coach Bourbeau discusses the challenges of becoming a first-year head coach and about the early success that the program has had thus far. Fans can visit ProvidenceJournal.com for the online edition.

A First Since 2007

For the first time in five years, the Brown women's hockey team picked up a victory over Yale. On Wednesday, January 4, at Ingalls Rink, the Bears saw nine different players tally at least one point, as the Bruno was victorious, 4-1. Freshman Janice Yang (West Port, Conn.) tallied two goals in the game to help Brown back to .500 on the season as well as take hold of the eighth spot and final playoff position in the ECAC. 

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.

48 Stops

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.

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.