Women’s Hockey Travels to Colgate, No. 6/6 Cornell This Weekend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The final month of the regular season gets underway this weekend when the Brown women's hockey team heads to Colgate and sixth-ranked Cornell for a pair of ECAC Hockey showdowns. The Bears (2-14-5, 1-10-3 ECAC) face off against the Raiders (5-19-2, 2-12-0 ECAC) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. before taking on the No. 6/6 Big Red (14-3-4, 9-2-3 ECAC) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
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MOORE CLOSING IN ON 2,000 SAVES
Senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) is poised to eclipse the 2,000 career saves mark on Friday with 1,992 stops to her name. Moore, whose 650 saves this season rank second in ECAC Hockey and fifth in the nation, is on pace to record the most career saves since Nicole Stock finished her tenure with a program-record 2,849 stops in 2009.
A finalist for 2012 ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year, the co-captain boasts career marks of a .919 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average in 68 appearances. This season, Moore has logged 30 saves 11 times, 40 saves five times and 50 saves twice. She set a career high with 54 saves in a 2-1 overtime win at RIT on Oct. 26, 2013, and came back with 53 stops the next game to push Brown to a 1-1 tie at then-fifth-ranked Clarkson on Nov. 1.
LAST TIME OUT
Brown battled Ivy League rival Yale in a home-and-home series last weekend, drawing the Bulldogs, 2-2, on the road before falling at home the next day, 3-1.
Senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) deflected in the game-tying goal with 2:44 left in regulation to push Brown to a 2-2 tie at Ingalls Rink on Friday evening. Junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) added an assist on Hoyle's goal while classmate Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) registered her fourth point in five games with a helper. Freshman Catherine LeBoeuf (Dieppe, New Brunswick) tallied her second goal of the season on a second period power play, snapping Brown's streak of six games and 23 straight man-up opportunities without a power play goal. Moore made 31 saves for Brown, while Yale goalie and defending ECAC Goaltender of the Week Jaimie Leonoff stopped 29 shots.
Robson orchestrated a charge that led to the game-tying goal with 2:43 left in regulation. The junior forward sped down the left wing and fed a no-look pass to Keon, whose shot from the face off circle ricocheted off Hoyle and into the net.
Junior Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.) scored her first goal of the season to give the Bears a lead that would last into the third period, but Yale unleashed a three-goal outburst in the final stanza to defeat Brown, 3-1, on Saturday. Sophomore Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario) recorded her first point of the season by assisting on Moorehead's goal.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
The Raiders will try to snap a six-game skid that has landed the squad in the ECAC basement with a 2-12-0 mark in league play. Colgate's last win came on Jan. 10 in the form of a non-conference split at Penn State, but despite the losing streak, the team played No. 5 Harvard to a tight 5-4 setback on Jan. 17. The Raiders got the best of Brown in this season's first meeting when the skaters from Hamilton, N.Y., held off a late rally to defeat the Bears, 3-2, at Meehan Auditorium on Jan. 4.
Miriam Drubel is Colgate's leading point-getter with 15, while top scorer Taylor Volpe has eight goals this year, including the second-period game-winner against Brown earlier this month. Nicole Gass has a team-best nine assists, while Brittany Brooks is 2-7-0 with a 2.99 goals against average in 42.5 percent of the minutes between the pipes.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
After starting the season on a 12-game unbeaten streak, winning 10 contests in that span, Cornell has since hit a mini speed bump with two losses and a tie in the last three outings. Brown looks to even the season series against the Big Red after a 3-1 loss in Providence on Jan. 3.
Jillian Saulnier, Cornell's leading goal scorer, ranks fourth in the country in goals per game (0.71) and sixth in points per game (1.43) to power the nation's third-ranked offense (3.57 goals per game). Emily Fulton completes the Big Red's one-two scoring punch and checks in at ninth in the nation in both points (1.38) and assists (0.81) per contest.
Cornell plays staunch defense as well, allowing just 2.05 goals per game thanks to Lauren Slebodnick's 11-1-3 record in net. To complete the trifecta, the Big Red excels on special teams as well, ranking second in the country with 27 power play goals while killing off 91.2 percent of penalties.
Brown vs. Colgate
Series record: 10-11-3
Current streak: L2
First meeting: Nov. 4, 2001 (W, 2-0)
Last Brown win: Oct. 27, 2012 (W, 4-1)
Last Colgate win: Jan. 4, 2014 (L, 3-2)
Last tie: Oct. 28, 2011 (T, 1-1)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Colgate: 2-2-1
Brown vs. Cornell
Series record: 31-39-8
Current streak: L12
First meeting: Feb. 25, 1972 (W, 2-1)
Last Brown win: Jan. 20, 2007 (W, 3-0)
Last Cornell win: Jan. 3, 2014 (L, 3-1)
Last tie: Nov. 10, 2007 (T, 2-2)
Coach Bourbeau vs. Cornell: 0-5-0
Brown hosts Rensselaer and Union in ECAC Hockey action next weekend. The Bears face the Engineers on Friday at 7 p.m. and battle the Dutchwomen on Saturday at 4 p.m.