PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's ice hockey team (3-11-1, 2-8-0 ECAC) will head to New Haven, Connecticut today for the first game in a home-and-home series with the squad from Yale (2-14-1, 1-8-1 ECAC). The Bears are currently in a tie with the Colgate Raiders for ninth place in the ECAC hockey standings with four points, while the Bulldogs are locked with the Union Dutchwomen in the 11th place spot with three points. With playoff berths granted to the top eight teams in the league and the bottom half of the standings separated by just five points, this weekend's contests, the 78th and 79th between the two Ivy League schools, will play a crucial role in Brown's push to the post-season.
The Bears will take on the Bulldogs at Ingalls Rink at 7:00pm tonight, before welcoming the team to Meehan Auditorium on Saturday for a 7:00pm match-up immediately following the men's game against the Harvard Crimson. Brown fans who would like to follow the action from home for either game can do so with live stats, audio or video, all of which can be accessed through the women's ice hockey schedule page on brownbears.com. Additionally, fans can follow the team on Twitter at BrownWHockey for in-game updates over the course of the weekend.
Brown vs. Yale
Series record: 63-12-2, Brown
Current streak: two wins
First meeting: 2/4/76 (Brown, 2-0)
Last Brown win: 1/24/12 (4-1)
Last Yale win: 2/15/11 (4-2)
Last tie: 12/9/07 (2-2)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Yale: 2-0-0
A Look at Brown: After completing its non-league schedule with a win and a loss against the University of Maine Black Bears in early January, Brown returned to league action last weekend, taking on #5/6 Clarkson and St. Lawrence at Meehan Auditorium. While the Bears suffered one-point defeats in each game, they were able to prove their defensive mettle while also generating offensive plays, battling each team down to the wire. After scoring just 10 goals in 11 first semester games, Brown has tallied 12 in the first four games of 2013. Senior co-captain Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) leads the team in scoring with eight points (4g, 4a), while sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) has netted a team-high five goals. Sophomore Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) and senior co-captain Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) have also contributed impressively, each tallying three goals and four assists for seven points. Defensively, Jolin and Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) have each blocked 25 shots, while junior goaltender Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) continues to impress between the pipes. She started against the Golden Knights last weekend, allowing only two goals in 60 minutes of play, before playing in relief against the Saints, stopping all but one of the shots that she faced in 27:49 of action. Moore has made 247 saves for save percentage of .936, seventh best in the nation, and a GAA of 1.81, the 10th best in Division I women's hockey.
A Look at Yale: The Bulldogs enter the weekend in the midst of a four game losing streak, falling most recently to Clarkson, 1-0, and St. Lawrence, 5-1, at home last weekend. Two freshmen lead the Yale offense, as Janelle Ferrara (6g, 4a) and Kate Martini (3g, 7a) have tallied a team-high ten points. Ferrara's six goals also lead the team, while Martini's seven assists make her their most prolific helper. Sophomore Jaimie Leonoff has played all but one game in net for the Bulldogs, making 591 saves for a save percentage of .922 and a GAA of 3.10.
Looking Ahead: After Saturday's game against Yale, Brown will conclude the month of January with two home games against Colgate and Cornell. The Bears will take on the Raiders on Friday, January 25 at 7:00pm before squaring off against the Big Red at 4:00pm on Saturday, January 26.