PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ivy League rivals No. 4/5 Harvard and Dartmouth await the Brown women's hockey team this weekend as the Bears (1-11-3, 0-7-1 ECAC) head out on their first ECAC road trip of the New Year. Brown faces off against the Crimson (11-1-2, 7-1-1 ECAC) in Boston on Friday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Hanover, N.H., to battle the Big Green (3-12-0, 2-7-0 ECAC) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Bears hung with No. 3 Cornell for two periods before falling to the league-leading Big Red, 3-1, last Friday. Brown then battled back to within a goal of Colgate but suffered a 3-2 setback on Saturday.
Junior Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) knocked in the game-tying goal off a feed from classmate Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) in the second period, but Cornell answered back with two markers in the third to hand Brown a 3-1 loss. Brown tied the nationally-ranked Big Red at 1-1 at 10:43 in the second, erasing the deficit created by Jillian Saulnier's shorthanded tally midway through the opening frame.
Cornell reclaimed the lead quickly after the opening face off in the third, using a second chance setup for Hanna Bunton, who rocketed in a slap shot for the go-ahead marker. Brown held steady despite trailing 2-1 and survived a cross-checking penalty that put the Bears a man down at 10:28, but Emily Fulton, the country's top point getter, potted an insurance goal with 6:28 left in regulation to pad the visitors' lead.
Yang scored a third period goal for her second marker in as many games to get Brown within a goal of Colgate, but the Raiders held on to beat the Bears, 3-2. Junior Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) tallied the game's first goal on assists from sophomore Hunter Davis (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and freshman Maddie Woo (Plymouth, Minn.). At 14:13 in the first period, Woo flew up the right wing and Davis fired a pass from the point to Keon, who poked a backhanded shot past Colgate goalie Brittany Brooks' glove side. Less than two minutes after the Bears seized the lead, Rachel Walsh pounced on a rebound to score a power play goal after Miriam Drubel's shot from the left face off circle sizzled through a screen in front of the crease.
Taylor Craig extended the Colgate lead to 2-1 early in the second period, knocking in a rebound after a blue line pass from Katie Case and a blocked shot by Aimee DiBella. Volpe then used a slick pullback maneuver from behind the net to score the eventual game-winning goal at 13:58 on a power play in the second period. Yang connected at 16:09 on feeds from freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.) and sophomore Ariana Rucker (Oakton, Va.) to cut the Colgate lead to 3-2 with under four minutes left in regulation. The Raider defense forced Brown to pull Moore for the final 1:39 in hopes of tying the game but Colgate outlasted the six-skater attack.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Cruising on an 11-game unbeaten streak, Harvard owns the third best record in the nation thanks to lockdown defense and balanced scoring. Although not a single Crimson skater ranks in the nation's top 50 in points, Harvard allows the second fewest goals per game (1.00) and has given up just two power play goals for the best penalty kill percentage (.971) in the country.
The Crimson boasts a handful of offensive weapons with six players with 10 points or more and five skaters with at least five goals. Sophomore forward Miye D'Oench is the leading goal scorer with seven, while Samantha Reber has racked up a team best nine assists.
Much of Harvard's success can be attributed to Emerance Maschmeyer's expert goalkeeping. In 11 starts between the pipes, Maschmeyer ranks second in the nation in save percentage (.961), fifth in goals against average (1.17), fifth in shutouts (4) and seventh in winning percentage (.857).
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth snapped a five-game losing streak with a non-league home win over Providence on Dec. 31 but fell to No. 8/8 Boston University, 3-2, on Jan. 4. Led by sophomore forward Lindsey Allen's team-best six goals, the Big Green hosts Yale on Friday before welcoming the Bears to Thompson Arena.
Alongside Allen, junior Karlee Odland has seven points on three goals and four assists, while Morgan Illikainen and Eleni Tebano share the team lead with five assists each. Senior Linsday Holdcroft has earned two thirds of the goal keeping minutes so far and paces the netminders with a 2.78 goals against average and .906 save percentage. Holdcroft manned the net for all three of Dartmouth's victories.
Brown vs. Harvard
Series record: 27-42-5
Current streak: L15
First meeting: Dec. 9, 1978 (T, 4-4)
Last Brown win: Feb. 23, 2002 (W, 3-1)
Last Harvard win: Feb. 19, 2013 (L, 5-2)
Last tie: Feb. 3, 2006 (T, 0-0)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Harvard: 0-4-0
Friday marks the 75th meeting between Brown and Harvard … Brown seeks its first win against Harvard in nearly 11 years … Head Coach Amy Bourbeau seeks her first victory against the Crimson at the helm of the Bears … in the second-ever meeting between the teams, Brown defeated Harvard in the Ivy League Tournament, 4-2 (Feb. 24, 1979) … the Bears beat Harvard 8-2 to claim their second straight Ivy League Championship (March 2, 1986) … Brown earned its fourth Ivy League title – the first under Head Coach Digit Murphy - by dismissing the Crimson, 3-1 (March 20, 1994) … Harvard prevailed, 5-3, in the 1999 AWCHA Tournament (March 26, 1999) … the Crimson ended Brown's ECAC Championship bid in the 2006 title game, 4-3 (March 12, 2006).
Brown vs. Dartmouth
Series record: 25-39-7
Current streak: L15
First meeting: Jan. 13, 1979 (W, 4-3)
Last Brown win: March 4, 2006 (W, 3-0, ECAC Quarterfinals)
Last Dartmouth win: Feb. 8, 2013 (L, 2-0)
Last tie: Feb. 4, 2006 (T, 3-3)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Dartmouth: 0-4-0
The Bears take on Dartmouth for the 71st time on Saturday … Brown aims to defeat the Big Green for the first time since winning 3-0 in the 2006 ECAC Quarterfinals … the Bears beat Dartmouth, 4-1, in the consolation game of the 1980 Ivy League Tournament (March 2, 1980) … at one point, the teams played to four consecutive ties (Jan. 25, 1995 – Feb. 18, 1996).
Brown hosts St. Lawrence on Friday, Jan. 17, and No. 6/6 Clarkson on Saturday, Jan. 18, for a pair of ECAC contests.