PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's ice hockey team (4-12-1, 3-9-0 ECAC) will welcome the Colgate Raiders (6-14-3, 1-8-3 ECAC) and the Cornell Big Red (14-4-0, 10-2-0 ECAC) to Meehan Auditorium this weekend to kick off another round of ECAC action in Providence. With the bottom five teams in the league separated by three points as they vie for a spot in the play-offs, this weekend's contests will play a crucial role in determining the Bears' route to the post-season.
Brown will take on Colgate at Meehan Auditorium at 7:00pm on Friday before squaring off against Cornell at 4:00pm on Saturday. Brown fans who would like to follow the action from home can do so with live stats, audio or video, all of which can be accessed through the women's ice hockey schedule page at brownbears.com. Additionally, fans can follow the team on twitter at BrownWHockey for in-game updates over the course of the weekend.
A Look at Brown: Brown enters the weekend on the heels of a win over its travel partner, Yale. After falling to the Bulldogs, 3-2, at Ingalls Rink on Thursday night, the Bears rallied, earning a 2-1 win in the teams' Saturday night match-up at Meehan Auditorium. As a unit, Brown has experienced an offensive surge in the second-half of the season, scoring 16 goals in the first six games of the new year. Senior co-captain Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) leads the team in total points with ten, while her six goals is also a team-high. She is followed closely by her co-captain Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) who has eight points (4g, 4a), as well as Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario - 2g, 5a) and Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY - 3g, 4a), both with seven. Eighteen different Bears have notched at least one point so far. Defensively, junior Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) and senior Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) continue to split time between the pipes for the Bears. Moore has started in 10 games, making 267 saves for a save percentage of .930 and a GAA of 1.93. Jamieson has stopped 189 shots in seven games, for a save percentage of .913 and a GAA of 2.76. The defensive unit has blocked 240 shots, with junior Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) contributing a team-high 27 blocks.
Brown vs. Colgate
Series record: 11-9-3, Brown
Current streak: Brown, two wins
First meeting: 11/3/01 (Brown, 2-0)
Last Brown win: 10/27/12 (4-1)
Last Colgate win: 2/12/11 (4-1)
Last tie: 10/28/11 (1-1)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Colgate: 2-0-1
The Last Time Out Vs. Colgate: Brown took on the Colgate Raiders is their opening weekend of competition for the 2012-2013 season, earning a 4-1 victory and their first league win of the year at Starr Rink in Hamilton, NY. The Bears took an early 3-0 lead over the home team, with Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario), Polenska and Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) scoring their first goals of the season before Colgate responded with a power play goal from Taylor Craig, their lone tally of the contest. Ariana Rucker (Oakton, VA) added one more for the Bears, securing the victory. Moore made 26 saves in her first appearance in goal, allowing only one goal in 60 minutes of play.
A Look at Colgate: Colgate travels to Providence after a tough weekend of competition against St. Lawrence and Clarkson at Starr Rink. On Friday night, the Raiders fell to the Golden Knights, 3-1, before skating to a 1-1 tie with the Saints on Saturday afternoon. Two seniors lead the team in scoring, with Brittany Phillips (8g, 7a) and Jenna Klynstra (4g, 11a) each tallying 15 points. Phillips also leads the team in goals scored with eight, while Klynstra has notched 11 assists, a team-high. Freshman Ashlynne Rando has played 18 games in goal for Colgate, making 466 saves for a GAA of 3.27 and a save percentage of .896.
Brown vs. Cornell
Series record: 41-34-8, Cornell
Current streak: Cornell, 12 wins
First meeting: 2/25/72 (Brown, 2-1)
Last Brown win: 1/20/07 (3-0)
Last Cornell win: 10/26/12 (2-0)
Last tie: 11/10/07 (2-2)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Cornell: 0-5-0
The Last Time Out Vs. Cornell: After falling to the Big Red in two games in last season's ECAC quarterfinals, the Bears traveled to Ithaca to open their season against Cornell, then ranked second in the country, at Lynah Rink. Brown kept the game close for 60 minutes, as the two teams skated to a scoreless first period and Jamieson allowed only one goal in 59:50 of play. The Big Red scored an empty net goal in the last seconds of the game to earn a 2-0 win over the Bears, but Brown's play in their opening contest was nothing short of impressive.
A Look at Cornell: Cornell, currently ranked fourth in both national polls, has won their last three games, most recently defeating Clarkson, 3-1, in Ithaca, and will take on the Yale Bulldogs in Connecticut before traveling to Providence. Brianne Jenner, the most recent ECAC Player of the Week, is the team's leading scorer, tallying a team-high 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 total points. Jillian Saulnier has added 27 points to the offense, notching a team-high 20 assists. Lauren Slebodnick, the ECAC Goalie of the Week, has played 15 games in net for the Big Red, making 305 saves for a GAA of 1.71 and a save percentage of .924.
Looking Ahead: The Bears will take to the road next weekend for the first of four games away from Meehan Auditorium, journeying to Hamden, Connecticut on Friday, February 1 for a 7:00pm game against the Quinnipiac Bobcats before heading to Princeton, New Jersey to take on the Princeton Tigers at 4:00pm on Saturday, February 2.