Women’s Hockey Aims to Maintain Momentum at Princeton, No. 9/10 Quinnipiac

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Riding the momentum of a weekend sweep of Rensselaer and Union, the Brown women's hockey team (4-16-5, 3-12-3 ECAC) hits the road for Princeton and No. 9/10 Quinnipiac for the final road trip of the regular season. The Bears aim to avenge earlier losses when they face the Tigers (12-9-4, 8-7-3 ECAC) on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Bobcats (17-5-8, 8-4-6 ECAC) on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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MOORE NAMED ECAC GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK


Brown's senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) turned in a pair of stellar performances to earn ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Moore stood rock solid in the net on back-to-back nights, making 51 saves in a shutout win against Rensselaer on Friday and posting the first Brown shutout since Moore blanked Union on Dec. 8, 2012. The senior co-captain came back to stop 26 of 27 shots faced in a 2-1 win over Union to give the Bears their first weekend sweep of the season. Moore made a total of 77 saves while registering a 0.50 goals-against average and a .987 save percentage in the two league contests.

A recent addition to the 2,000 career saves club, Moore ranks fifth in the ECAC and 13th in the nation in save percentage (.929). She has eclipsed the 50-save mark three times this season, leading the Bears to a 2-0-1 record when she accomplishes the impressive defensive feat.

LAST TIME OUT


Brown snapped a five-game winless streak and earned its first weekend sweep of the season when the Bears knocked off Rensselaer, 3-0, and Union, 2-1, at Meehan Auditorium.

Senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) made 51 saves to lift the Bears to a 3-0 shutout win over Rensselaer on Friday. The victory was Brown's first goose egg since Moore shut out Union, 1-0, on Dec. 8, 2012, and marked the largest margin of victory for Brown since defeating the Engineers, 5-2, on Feb. 16, 2013.

Junior Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) knocked in the game-winner in the second period, classmate Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) converted a penalty shot in the third and freshman Maddie Woo (Plymouth, Minn.) tallied a late empty net insurance goal.

Sophomore Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario) put an exclamation point on her first goal of the season as she fired in the game-winner to give Brown a 2-1 victory over Union on Saturday.

Senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) supplied the game-tying goal with 43 seconds left in the first period, while Moore continued her tireless goalkeeping with 26 saves. Following her second career shutout, Moore pushed her saves total to 77 for the weekend and turned the Dutchwomen away time and again in the final minutes to preserve the win.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

The Tigers are cruising on a three-game unbeaten streak following a 2-1 win over St. Lawrence and a 2-2 tie at No. 3/5 Clarkson. Brown will look to even the season series after falling to Princeton 5-2 at home on Nov. 9.

Senior Denna Laing, the Tigers' leading scorer, surpassed the 20-point mark with 11 goals and 10 assists, including a nation-leading three shorthanded markers. Sally Butler's 14 assists rank first on the squad, while Jaimie McDonnell and Rose Alleva each own 14 points on six goals and eight helpers.

In net, sophomore Kimberly Newell has seen nearly 90 percent of the minutes en route to a 2.70 goals against average, but junior backup Ashley Holt is unbeaten in two starts and boasts a .922 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS


The nationally-ranked Bobcats are led by senior Kelly Babstock, the country's 10th-leading scorer with 40 points and a two-time ECAC Player of the Week. Her team-best 25 assists rank seventh in the nation to compliment her 15 goals and five power play markers. Junior Shiann Darkangelo paces the Bobcats with 18 goals to sit 10th in Division I, while three-time ECAC Rookie of the Week Emma Woods is 12th among freshmen with 20 points.

Junior goaltender Chelsea Laden anchors a Quinnipiac defense that allows the fifth-fewest goals per game (1.47) in the nation. She ranks among the country's elite goalies and is third in shutouts (6), sixth in goals against average (1.43) and 14th in save percentage (.928).

The Bobcats defeated Brown, 3-1, in Providence earlier this season, but recently had their three-game winning streak snapped by way of a 3-0 shutout at St. Lawrence. Despite averaging 2.60 goals per game, Quinnipiac has been blanked four times, twice in losses and twice in scoreless ties.

SERIES HISTORY

Brown vs. Princeton

Series record: 31-42-2                       

Current streak: L8                       

First meeting: Feb. 18, 1975 (W, 2-1 OT)                       

Last Brown win: Feb. 19, 2010 (W, 4-3 OT)                       

Last Princeton win: Nov. 9, 2013 (L, 5-2)           

Last tie: Feb. 9, 2008 (T, 2-2)

Coach Bourbeau vs. Princeton: 0-5-0

Brown vs. Quinnipiac

Series record: 6-10-3                       

Current streak: L3                       

First meeting: Jan. 8, 2002 (W, 6-1)                       

Last Brown win: Feb. 21, 2009 (W, 3-1)                       

Last Quinnipiac win: Nov. 8, 2013 (L, 3-1)                       

Last tie: Nov. 5, 2011 (T, 2-2)           

Coach Bourbeau vs. Quinnipiac: 0-4-1

UP NEXT


Brown wraps up the regular season with an ECAC Hockey home weekend when the Bears host Dartmouth on Feb. 21 and Harvard on Feb. 22.