PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Meehan Auditorium, the birthplace of women's college hockey, will celebrate 50 years of Brown women's hockey this weekend when the Bears host Yale in the second half of a home-and-home series. Brown travels to New Haven, Conn., to take on the Bulldogs on Friday at 7 p.m. before welcoming the Ivy League rivals to Providence on Saturday at 4 p.m.
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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF BROWN WOMEN'S HOCKEY
The Brown Sports Foundation and the Brown women's hockey team invite fans to a special celebration to honor 50 Years of women's ice hockey at Brown University. Join us for an alumnae game at 12 p.m. and to cheer on the varsity against Yale at 4 p.m. There will be a reception following the game with special guests to pay homage to Brown's storied hockey tradition. The reception will be held at the Nelson Fitness Center at 6 p.m.
Email Sarah Sceery to RSVP or request more information.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) knocked in a pair of goals to lift the Brown women's hockey team to a 4-2 victory over St. Lawrence in ECAC Hockey action at Meehan Auditorium on Friday. The following night, the nation's top defense clamped down on the Bears as No. 5/6 Clarkson ran away with 4-1 ECAC win.
Against St. Lawrence, Keon's first multiple-goal game of her career helped the Bears snap a 15-game winless streak dating back to a 2-1 overtime victory at RIT on Oct. 26. Senior Kelly Kittredge (Mahwah, N.J.) handed out two assists, junior Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.) posted a second-half goal to tie the game at 1-1, and junior Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) fired in a late empty net marker to ice the contest.
Senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) made 45 saves and sophomore Alli Rolandelli (Minnetonka, Minn.) tallied her first career goal late in the third period in Saturday's setback.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
After losing six of their first seven games to start the season, the Bulldogs have unleashed a 3-2-2 streak over the last seven outings to improve to 6-10-3 overall. Most recently, Yale shocked then-No. 4 Harvard with a 2-0 shutout in Cambridge, Mass., followed by stalemates versus No. 5 Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Junior goalie Jaimie Leonoff and freshman forward Phoebe Staenz earned ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for their roles in the two ties.
Staenz scored the game-tying goal with less than 10 minutes to play against Clarkson and assisted on the equalizer versus St. Lawrence. Yale's leader in goals (8), assists (12) and points (20), Staenz ranks second in the nation among rookies and 12th overall with 1.33 points per game.
Leonoff made 52 saves against Clarkson -- the most she has made in a game since she stopped 63 at Mercyhurst on Nov. 19, 2011. Leonoff added 30 more saves against St. Lawrence, including a dramatic glove save on a Saints shot just before time expired at the end of overtime. She leads the Bulldogs with a 2.89 goals against average, a .925 save percentage and two shutouts in nearly 92 percent of the goaltending minutes.
Brown vs. Yale
Series record: 59-13-2
Current streak: W1
First meeting: Feb. 4, 1976 (W, 2-0)
Last Brown win: Jan. 19, 2013 (W, 2-1)
Last Yale win: Jan. 17, 2013 (L, 3-2)
Last tie: Dec. 9, 2007 (T, 2-2)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Yale: 3-1-0
The Bears head out for a New York swing with stops at Colgate on Friday, Jan. 31, and Cornell on Saturday, Feb. 1.