Brown's Playoff Fate Rests on Two Games at Meehan Auditorium This Weekend
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND - After earning its first weekend sweep in four years a week ago, the Brown women's ice hockey team (6-18-1, 5-15-0 ECAC) will conclude the 2012-2013 regular season at Meehan Auditorium this weekend with games against the Princeton Tigers (10-15-2, 5-13-2 ECAC) and the Quinnipiac Bobcats (17-10-4, 11-6-3 ECAC). The contests will determine the play-off fates of both the Tigers and the Bears, as neither team has secured a berth in the post season coming into tonight's game. Currently, Princeton sits in the eighth spot in the ECAC standings with 12 points, with Brown lurking just two points behind in tenth. A win for the Bears tonight would move them into a tie with the Tigers going into the final game of the regular season.
The team's quest to make the playoffs and the battle for the eighth spot in the ECAC was chronicled in a USCHO.com article published yesterday. To read the article, click here.
Brown will take on Princeton tonight at 7:00pm before facing off against Quinnipiac on Saturday at 4:00pm. Following the Bears' game against the Bobcats, the team will celebrate Senior Day by honoring the five members of the class of 2013 with a special on-ice presentation. Brown fans who would like to follow the action from home can do so with live stats or video, both 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: The Bears have been busy for the past seven days, playing three league contests and earning four points. They completed the season sweep over Union last Friday night with a 2-1 win before defeating Rensselaer on Saturday, 5-2. Brown also traveled to #5 Harvard on Tuesday for a make-up game, falling to the Crimson, 5-2. Senior co-captain Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic), the reigning ECAC Player of the Week, leads the team in all offensive categories, scoring eight goals and adding ten assists for a total of 18 points. Junior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) has also been a strong offensive presence with 12 points (5g, 7a), while senior co-captain Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) and sophomore Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) have each earned 11 points. Junior Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) has made 16 starts in net for the Bears this season, stopping 407 shots for a save percentage of .921 and a GAA of 2.28, while Vella and junior Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) have each blocked 38 shots to lead the team's defense.
Brown vs. Princeton
Series record: 40-32-2, Princeton
Current streak: Princeton, five wins
First meeting: 2/18/75 (Brown, 2-1)
Last Brown win: 2/19/10 (4-3)
Last Princeton win: 2/2/13 (6-1)
Last tie: 2/9/08 (2-2)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Princeton: 0-3-0
A Look at Princeton: The Tigers experienced considerable success last weekend at Hobey Baker Rink, earning a 4-1 win over #7 Clarkson before falling, 4-2, to St. Lawrence. The Tigers are lead in scoring by Corey Stearns, who has tallied five goals and a team-high 26 assists for 31 points this season. Kelly Cooke has notched 15 goals, a team-high, while also contributing 10 helpers, while Sally Butler has added 15 points to the offense. Kimberly Newell has made 24 starts between the pipes, saving 724 shots for a save percentage of .915 and a GAA of 2.97.
Last Time Out Against Princeton: In the team's first meeting of the season on February 2, the Tigers earned a 6-1 win at Hobey Baker Rink. Princeton took an early lead, as Molly Contini scored at 5:46 of the first period to put the team up, 1-0. Brianna Leahy added a goal of her own before the end of the first stanza, but Laurie Jolin scored a power play goal at the start of the second to bring the Bears within one. The Tigers responded with a goal just over a minute later, and proceeded to score three more over the course of the game to grab the win. Contini earned a hat trick for Princeton in the contest. Aubree Moore made 26 saves in the loss, while Kimberly Newell had 24 stops in the win.
Brown vs. Quinnipiac
Series record: 7-5-3, Quinnipiac
Current streak: Quinnipiac, two wins
First meeting: 11/18/03 (Brown, 10-1)
Last Brown win: 2/21/09 (3-1)
Last Quinnipiac win: 2/1/13 (5-0)
Last tie: 11/15/11 (1-1)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Quinnipiac: 0-2-1
A Look at Quinnipiac: The Bobcats struggled at home last weekend, tying St. Lawrence, 1-1, on Friday before losing to #7 Clarkson, 1-0, on Saturday. Quinnipiac is led in scoring by Kelly Babstock, who has notched a team-high 28 goals as well as 24 assists for 52 points this season. Nicole Kosta is the team's most prolific helper with 27 assists, while three additional players have scored more than 20 points. Victoria Vigilanti has started 25 games for the Bobcats, making 534 saves for a save percentage of .914 and a GAA of 1.98.
Last Time Out Against Quinnipiac: When the Bears and Bobcats met on February 1 at High Point Solutions Arena at TD Bank Sports Center, Quinnipiac walked away with a 5-0 win over Brown. The team got out to an early lead, scoring three goals in the first period, and then added a goal in each of the next two periods to cap the win. Nicole Connery and Kelly Babstock each had two tallies in the win. Katie Jamieson made 33 saves for the Bears, while Victoria Vigilanti made 12 for the Bobcats.