November 13, 2009

Bears Earn One Point With 0-0 Tie at Union

The Bears struggled to find the back of the net in Schenectady on Friday evening, but still picked up their second point in the ECAC Hockey standings on the strength of a 0-0 overtime tie, as rookie goalie Katie Jamieson made 30 saves to shut out the Dutchwomen.  With the tie, Brown moves to 1-4-2 on the season, with a 0-3-2 record in league play, while Union falls to 2-8-1 overall and 0-4-1 against ECAC Hockey foes.

The first period was a closely contested one, as both teams fought hard for good looks, finishing with just eight shots apiece against tough defenses.  The Bears did have some nice chances in the second, as the Dutchwomen were forced to play a man down for eight of the 20 minutes due to penalties, but Union's penalty kill unit was in top form, refusing to yield any easy goals.  On Bruno's end of the ice, however, Jamieson was equally tough to solve, making 10 of her 30 saves in the second, and adding 12 more in the third, forcing the game into overtime.  In the extra frame, Brown got off the only shot of the final five minutes, but both teams were once again stifled, and the game ended without a tally for either side.

The game was the second tie in three games for Brown, which has kept fans on the edge of their seats with several tightly contested games already in the young season, including a narrow 1-0 loss to nationally ranked Clarkson.  Offensively, the Bears were led by another rookie, as freshman center Alena Polenska notched five shots on goal, helping to keep steady pressure on the Union net.

The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they take on the RPI Engineers at 4:00 p.m.