Jan. 28, 2005
Providence, RI - The women's ice hockey team (10-8-1, 7-5-0) will face off against conference foes Yale and Princeton this weekend. Yale will come into Meehan Friday, January 28, for a 7:00 face-off while the Tigers will take on the Bears Saturday, January 29 at 4:00. In the friendly confides of Meehan Auditorium the Bears have earned a 5-2-1 record.
In the past three seasons senior Jessica Link (Clifton Park, NY) has been a dominant force offensively for the Bears when facing both Princeton and Yale. Link has recorded eight goals and ten assists for 18 points taking the ice against Yale and posted seven goals and five assists against Princeton. In both meetings earlier this season, Link's offensive presence was noticeable missing for Brown. Link was unable to play because of injury, but will take the ice this weekend looking to continue her on ice dominance against the two conference rivals.
Coming into Friday's match-up the Bears are riding a 35 game win streak dating back to the 1988 season against the Bulldogs. In an earlier meeting this season between the two squads, Brown recorded a 4-1, victory in which freshman Heather Lane (London, ONT) netted her first collegiate goal with four minutes remaining in the opening period. Yale is coming into this weekend on a three game skid getting swept by Ohio State and dropping 4-3, to St. Lawrence. Senior Erin Duggan leads the Bulldogs with 22 points on 11 goals and 11 assists. On Saturday Brown hopes to avenge an early season 3-2, loss to Princeton when the two meet for the 56th time. In the all-time series Princeton leads the series with 28-27-1, record against the Bears.
Currently Brown is in fifth place of the ECACHL posting a 7-5-0, conference record while Yale comes into this weekend in third with a 9-3-0, record and the 4-4-1 Tigers are in sixth. Each team looks to gain ground in the standings, knowing that the top four seeds host the EACAHL best of three quarterfinal series.