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Brown to Play in Home-and-Home Against Yale

Brown to Play in Home-and-Home Against Yale

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's hockey team will play a home-and-home series with Yale on Thursday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 20. The Bears will travel to New Haven, Conn. for Thursday's 7:00 p.m. match-up and will return to Meehan Auditorium for Saturday's 1:00 p.m. game. Both contests will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network while Saturday's contest will also appear on ESPN3.

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SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale carries a 5-10-4 overall record into the series and stands at 3-7-2 in the ECAC. The Bulldogs split last weekend with a 2-0 win over Quinnipiac on Friday, Jan. 12 before getting shutout by Princeton, 3-0, on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Greta Skarzynski leads the team in points with 16, on an even eight goals and eight assists. Mallory Souliotis has the squad's assist lead with 11 on the year and ranks second on the team with 12 points. Tera Hofmann has started 11 games in net for the Bulldogs and has a 2.46 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage and one shutout for a 3-6-3 record. Gianna Meloni leads the Yale netminders in GAA (1.92) and save percentage (.931) in five starts and a 1-2-1 record. 

Yale ranks second in the conference in power-play percentage, scoring 15 goals in 59 attempts for a 25.4 average.

BROWN TALKING POINTS
The Bears are led in scoring by senior Sam Donovan, who has six goals and seven assists for 13 points. Junior Cara Najjar has the squad's assist lead with eight on the year and also has one goal to rank fourth on the Bears in scoring (nine points). Sena Hanson is tied for second in scoring with 11 points, having a team-best eight goals paired with three assists.  Senior Samantha Swanstrom joins Hanson with 11 points (4G, 7A).

Goaltending duties have been shared for the Bears this season with all three goalies - senior Julianne Landry, sophomore Calla Isaac and freshman Lauren Rippy - seeing action. Isaac leads the squad in appearances with 12 on the year, having 30 or more saves in eight of those contests, including five straight.

Brown has played a total of six ranked opponents on the season and has hosted three weekends against ranked foes. The ranked opponents include: No. 8/9 Providence on Jan. 2, No. 8/8 Cornell and No. 3/3 Colgate on Nov. 17-18, No. 7/7 St. Lawrence and No. 3/3 Clarkson on Nov. 3-4 and No. 10 Robert Morris to open the season on Oct. 20-21.

LAST TIME OUT
The Bears dropped both of their match-ups last weekend, falling to Princeton, 4-0, on Friday Jan. 12, and were edged by Quinnipiac, 2-1, on Saturday, Jan. 13. Sophomore Calla Isaac combined for 76 saves in the two games, including 43 against the Tigers, while Bridget Carey scored the lone goal on the weekend versus the Bobcats.

LAST SEASON VS. YALE
Yale took both match-ups in 2016-17, winning the first game 2-1 at Ingalls Rink on Jan. 27 before coming to Providence to take a 4-1 victory. The Bulldogs scored the first two goals in game one before Bridget Carey scored for the Bears, but Brown was unable to net the game-tying score. In the second game of the series, Yale took a 3-0 lead through two periods before the Bears netted two goals towards the end of the second to pull within one. The Bulldogs would seal the win and go up by two at 13:48 of the third period.

NEXT UP
Brown will remain at Meehan Auditorium next weekend and host Dartmouth on Friday, Jan. 26 and Harvard on Saturday, Jan. 27. The Dartmouth contest is slated to start at 6:00 p.m. while Saturday's match-up is at 3:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.