November 14, 2013

Women’s Hockey to Travel to Union, RPI for ECAC Weekend Slate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Upstate New York is the destination for the Bears for the second time in three weekends as the Brown women's hockey team heads to Union (4-8-0, 1-3-0 ECAC) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (3-7-1, 2-2-0 ECAC) on Saturday at 3 p.m. for a pair of ECAC contests. The Bears, now 1-4-1 overall and 0-3-1 in league play, look to snap a four-game winless streak and earn their first victory since shocking RIT in overtime on Oct. 26.

LIVE VIDEO BROADCASTS

Both contests will feature live streaming video so fans unable to attend can catch the action. The Union game will be broadcast on Unionathletics.tv, where fans can purchase a one-game pass for $7.95. Saturday's tilt at RPI features free video and streaming audio via WRPI 91.5 FM. Also, live stats will be provided for both games with play-by-play and statistical updates.

LAST TIME OUT

The Bears suffered back-to-back defeats to No. 7 Quinnipiac and Princeton in their opening weekend at Meehan Auditorium. Brown stood deadlocked with the nationally-ranked Bobcats after one period thanks to junior Sarah Robson's (Mississauga, Ontario) first goal of the season, but the visitors struck for markers in each of the last two periods to earn their eighth win of the year.

Similarly, a goal by junior Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) left Brown tied 1-1 with the Tigers after one period, but a three-goal outburst by Princeton in the third spelled a 5-2 loss for the Bears. Freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.) picked up her first collegiate marker in the setback to bump her team-leading total to four points this season.

SCOUTING THE DUTCHWOMEN

The Dutchwomen battle with Brown on Friday in a contest that will snap a three-game losing streak for the victor. Union's offense centers around Courtney Turner, who ranks in the top-20 in the ECAC in scoring with four goals and six assists for 10 points. Turner shares the team lead in goals with Christine Valente and Kathryn Tomaselli, while Turner and Ashley Johnston have a pair of power play goals each.

Shenae Lundberg has started all 12 games in net for Union and allows 3.12 goals per contest. Defensively, the Dutchwomen have struggled on special teams, having killed only 68.3 percent of power plays for the second-lowest rate in the ECAC. The Bears, who have scored on 21.8 percent of man-up opportunities, will look to strike when Union players head to the penalty box.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS

Coming off a 3-0 shutout of Colgate, the Engineers lean on Laura Horwood for points (3 g, 4 a, 7 pts), while Lauren Wash has also lit the lamp three times this season, including the game-winner against then-No. 7 Harvard.

In net, Kelly O'Brien has the league's sixth-best goals-against average (2.23) in 10 appearances, but Brianna Piper has thrived in a reserve role and boasts a 1.80 gaa and .923 save percentage in just under 100 minutes of action.

SERIES HISTORY

The Bears have fared well against both of this weekend's opponents with an all-time series record of 13-2-3 against Union and a 5-6-3 mark against RPI. Brown is unbeaten versus the Dutchwomen under Head Coach Amy Bourbeau's watch (3-0-1), while the Bears are 2-1-1 against the Engineers over the past two seasons and won the last meeting 5-2.

Senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) has played some of her best hockey in a Brown uniform against Union and RPI with a combined eight points on five goals and three assists between the ECAC foes. Brown's active reigning points leader commandeers a pack of five Bears with at least three combined points against the two squads, including five for Robson (2 g, 3 a, 5 pts) and four for senior captain Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) (2 g, 2 a, 4 pts).

Nedow's co-captain Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) owns solid numbers between the pipes versus Union and RPI as well, posting a 3-1-3 record and stopping 95 percent of shots sent her way. Moore plays particularly stingy defense against the Dutchwomen and has allowed less than a goal per game in four career appearances.

UP NEXT

Brown opens up an extended break from ECAC play with a non-conference battle against UConn on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Meehan Auditorium at 7 p.m.