Men’s hockey hosts #5 Quinnipiac on Friday; princeton saturday

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown Bears (1-2-1, 1-2-1 ECAC) return to the friendly enclosure of Meehan Auditorium to host the fifth-ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats (5-1-2, 2-0-0 ECAC) , Friday before hosting the Princeton Tigers (0-3-0, 0-3-0 ECAC) on Saturday.

Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN+ in the United States and on Stretch Internet internationally.

IN SEARCH OF BEARS

  • Brown enters the third weekend of the season with an overall record of 1-2-1. After four conference games, Brown has four championship points to sit in sixth place in the standings.
  • Four Bears have recorded two points so far this season to lead the team. Bradley Cocca, Nathan Plessisand Cole Quisenberry each have a goal and an assist in second year Matt Sutton has two assists. Ten other Bears have a point in four games.
  • Second year goaltender Matthew Caron has started all four games for Brown so far. Caron has a 2.45 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. Brown is tied for third in the ECAC and 21st in the NCAA in point defense.
  • Brown’s power play was two goals on 16 attempts, with the team going 1-0-1 when they scored on the power play.
  • The Bears are averaging 13.0 penalty minutes per game – the 11th most in the NCAA. The opponents conceded seven power-play goals in 26 attempts. In 5-on-5 gameplay, Brown outshot his opponents 4-2 with even shots at 77-77. On special teams, Brown was outscored 8-2 with the opposition holding a 42-18 shooting advantage.

IN SEARCH OF BOBCATS

  • Quinnipiac enters the weekend with an overall record of 5-1-2 and an ECAC record of 2-0-0. The Bobcats are the fifth-ranked team in the nation according to USCHO.com and USA Today polls.
  • The Bobcats roster includes seven graduate students and four transfer students. The seven graduates have combined to play in 966 career NCAA games. For context, Brown’s entire roster combined to play in 756 NCAA games.
  • Jacob Quillan leads the Bobcats in assists (5) and points (9). He is level with Ethan de Jong with four goals to lead the team.
  • Quinnipiac’s offense is averaging 4.50 goals per game to rank second in the ECAC and 17 Bobcats have scored two or more points this season.
  • The Bobcats are anchored defensively by second-year guard Yaniv Perets. In eight games this season, Perets has a .913 save percentage and a 2.11 goals-against average.
  • Quinnipiac’s power play clicks at 18.9 percent to rank in the middle of the ECAC pack. The shorthanded Bobcat sits at 81.2 percent for the year and ranks fourth in the ECAC.

IN THE SERIES

  • Friday marks the 45th meeting between Brown and Quinnipiac in a series dating back to 2006.
  • The Bobcats hold the all-time series advantage, 27-10-7, and hold an 8-4-4 record at Meehan Auditorium.

FAMILIAR FACES

  • Brown Assistant Coach Matt Plante faces his alma mater for the first time Friday night.
  • Plante played under Quinnipiac bench boss Rand Pecknold from 1998 to 2002, helping the Bobcats win the 2002 MAAC Championship.
  • Plante also played alongside Quinnipiac goalie coach Justin Eddy for two seasons at Hamden.

IN SEARCH OF TIGERS

  • Princeton enters the weekend looking for its first win of the season. The Tigers are 0-3-0 after losses to Harvard, Cornell and Colgate.
  • Jack Cronin and Brendan Gormley lead the Tigers with two goals each in three games. Pito Walton is tied for the team lead with two assists and leads the team with three points.
  • Seven different Tigers have recorded points this season and five Tigers have recorded multiple points.
  • Princeton struggled defensively to start and enter the weekend with 3.67 goals against per game, tied for worst in the ECAC.
  • Between the posts, Aidan Porter has made two starts and has a 3.97 goals-against average and .862 save percentage. Ethan Pearson, a Mount St. Charles product, started against Cornell and has a 2.01 goals-against average and .944 save percentage.
  • Princeton’s power play was successful in three games with three goals on 10 attempts. The 30.0% pass rate ranks second in the ECAC and seventh in the NCAA.
  • On the other side of the coin, Princeton’s penalty kill allowed five goals on 15 attempts (66.7%) to rank last in the NCAA.

IN THE SERIES

  • Saturday night marks the 179th meeting between Brown and Princeton in a series dating back to 1900.
  • Brown holds the all-time series advantage with an overall record of 92-74-12 and a home record of 41-39-8. At Meehan Auditorium, the Bears are 40-35-4.
  • The Bears are 14-14-4 against Princeton under head coach Brendan Whittet.

THE DOZEN OF A BAKER

  • Brown and Princeton have played 13 consecutive games since the last tie in the series.
  • The last tie took place on February 4, 2017 in Providence with a final score of 3-3.
  • It was the second straight tie in the series as the teams skated to a 2-2 tie on February 27, 2016 in New Jersey.

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Helen J. Jimenez