Women’s Hockey to Host St. Lawrence, No. 5/6 Clarkson to Open Second Half of ECAC Slate
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After snapping a three-game losing streak with the Bears' first tie against Dartmouth since 2006, the Brown women's hockey team welcomes ECAC Hockey foes St. Lawrence (6-13-1, 5-4-1 ECAC) and No. 5/6 Clarkson (16-4-2, 7-2-1 ECAC) to Meehan Auditorium this weekend. The Bears take on the Saints on Friday and 7 p.m. and the Golden Knights on Saturday at 4 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
Junior Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) fired in a pair of goals to register her first multiple-goal game since 2012 and push Brown (1-13-4, 0-8-2 ECAC) to a 3-3 tie against Dartmouth in ECAC and Ivy League action at Thompson Arena on Saturday.
Yang takes the team lead and sets a single-season career high with six goals on the year. Freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.) assisted on both of Yang's markers, while junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) reached the 10-point plateau with an assist and a second half goal that gave Brown a 2-1 lead.
Senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) turned in a 38-save performance, including 13 stops in the first period and four in overtime. Moore made an additional 30 saves the night before in a 3-0 setback at Harvard, giving her 30 saves for the ninth time this season.
The Bears plastered the net with 28 shots on goal for a season high and the most in a contest since rattling off 38 shots in a 4-2 loss against Maine on Jan. 5, 2013.
Trailing 3-2 in the third, Yang raced down the left wing and went head-to-head with her defender, who slid headfirst to break up the play. Yang hurdled the attempted defensive maneuver and landed face down on the ice, hanging on just long enough to poke a shot past Dartmouth goalie Lindsay Holdcroft.
Conway managed the only shot for the Bears in the extra period, while Brown survived the final 1:05 shorthanded to squeeze out the 3-3 tie.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
The Saints served Brown a 5-1 loss at Appleton Arena on Nov. 2 but have gone on to lose six in a row, including three straight shutouts and a home-and-home sweep versus Clarkson. Despite being outscored 12-0 in the last three contests, St. Lawrence has stayed afloat with a 5-4-1 record in ECAC Hockey play and sits fourth in the league with 2.70 goals per game.
Senior defenseman Mel Desrochers' 1.05 points per game ranks third in the country and first in the ECAC from the blue line, while her 1.20 points per game in league play is tied for seventh with classmate Rylee Smith. Smith has been strong on the power play with a goal and four assists for the fifth-best man-up mark in the ECAC. Freshman forward Alex Moore has adjusted well to the college game and has 12 points on six goals and six assists to rank third among ECAC rookies in scoring.
Junior goalie Carmen McDonald earned the start in 15 of the Saints' 20 contests and has posted a 6-8-1 record. The netminder owns a 2.36 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The Golden Knights are riding a five-game winning streak during which they've outscored opponents 24-3, including three straight shutouts by a 16-0 overall margin. The nation's second-best defense (1.05 goals allowed per game) and third-best offense (3.68 goals scored per game) has powered Clarkson to nine wins in the last 10 outings. The Bears contained the Golden Knights in the season's first meeting, however, as a second period goal by sophomore Ariana Rucker (Oakton, Va.) and a whopping 53 saves by Moore led Brown to a 1-1 tie at Cheel Arena on Nov. 1.
Senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray is the nation's leading goal scorer with 17 and ties for seventh in points with 1.50 per game. Sophomore Erin Ambrose averages 1.23 points per game on nine goals and 18 assists to lead the country in scoring among defensemen, while her five power play goals are tied for the most in Division I. Senior captain Carly Mercer leads the squad with 20 assists to rank seventh in the country in helpers and is tied with Ambrose for 17th in the nation at 1.23 points per game.
Senior Erica Howe has made her case for the title of best goalie in college hockey with the nation's lowest goals against average of 1.01. Allowing just 22 goals in over 1300 minutes of action, Howe leads the country with nine shutouts and boasts the fourth-best save percentage (.947). It's been 138:11 since Howe allowed a goal after back-to-back shutouts against St. Lawrence last weekend.
Brown vs. St. Lawrence
Series record: 21-28-2
Current streak: L19
First meeting: Jan. 13, 1984 (L, 7-6 OT)
Last Brown win: Mar. 4, 2005 (W, 3-0)
Last St. Lawrence win: Nov. 2, 2013 (L, 5-1)
Last tie: Jan. 18, 2003 (T, 5-5)
Coach Bourbeau vs. St. Lawrence: 0-5-0
Brown vs. Clarkson
Series record: 4-13-2
Current streak: T1
First meeting: Nov. 19, 2004 (W, 2-1)
Last Brown win: Jan. 12, 2007 (W, 1-0)
Last Clarkson win: Jan. 11, 2013 (L, 2-1)
Last tie: Nov. 1, 2013 (T, 1-1)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Clarkson: 0-4-1
Brown is set for a home-and-home series against Ivy League rival Yale. The Bears head to New Haven, Conn., for a 7 p.m. puck drop next Friday, and then host the Bulldogs on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the Brown women's hockey 50th Anniversary Celebration. Former Brown players will be honored during intermission and legendary Head Coach Steve Shea will provide the honorary opening puck drop. A banquet will be held after the game at the Nelson Fitness Center.