Jan. 6, 2006
Providence, RI - The Bears return to action this weekend as they host Quinnipiac Friday at 7:00 PM and Princeton the following afternoon at 4:00 PM. Before heading on their winter hiatus, the Bears were able to snap a three game skid beating the UConn Huskies 1-0 on December 6. A first period power play goal, which came off the stick of Ashlee Drover, would be all Brown needed as the Bear defense and goaltender O'Hara Shipe left UConn scoreless the entire 60:00. Shipe finished the contest with 29 saves, including a barrage of 13 in the final period. When playing at Meehan, Brown has posted a 2-1-1 record in the first half of the season.
The Bobcats are in their inaugural year as a member of the ECAC Hockey League and have only met the Bears two times before this meeting. Brown dominated both meetings handing the Bobcats a 6-1 loss and shutting them out 10-0 in their most recent meeting on November 18, 2003. In the 10-0 victory senior Keaton Zucker exploded offensively, netting two goals and dishing out two assists for a four-point game in the win.
The Tigers hold a 29-28-1 advantage over the Bears, having swept the season series last year. In two close contests, Brown fell 3-2 in November and 4-3 later on in February giving Princeton the edge in the all-time series. Under current head coach Digit Murphy, the Bears have gone 21-13 since, as Murphy took the reigns 16 seasons ago. The two squads have been evenly matched the past six meetings, each earning three wins. The Bears and Tigers have only recorded one tie, which came in the 1986-1987 season where the two each put up one goal.
Heading into this weekend's conference play, captain Ashlee Drover will appear in her 100th career game. Drover, a tough defender from Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, has made it hard for opposing players to get a good look at the net throughout her career. Drover currently has seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points in 99 appearances. Also closing in on a milestone of her own will be assistant captain Keaton Zucker. Zucker, who has skated in every game during her career, has recorded 78 points (31g, 47a) and only needs three points to become the Bear's 25th all-time leading scorer. Against both Princeton and Quinnipiac, Zucker leads the current Bear team with eight points against the Tigers in eight meetings and four points against the Bobcats in the 10-0 victory back in the 2002-03 season.