Brown Comeback Comes Up Just Short, Bears Fall to St. Cloud 5-4
Though the Bears twice came back from two-goal deficits to tie the game, Brown was unable to get the necessary final push to take the lead, and dropped a tight 5-4 decision to St. Cloud State on Friday afternoon. Juniors Samantha Stortini and Erica Kromm each had a goal and an assist in the loss, helping Brown to its second highest offensive output of the season. With the loss, the Bears drop to 1-7-3 on the season, while St. Cloud improves to 6-9-0 overall.
The Huskies came out firing in the first, notching a power play goal just over five minutes into the period for a 1-0 lead that would hold up through the first intermission. Rookie goalie Katie Jamieson was impressive after giving up the score though, making 13 of her 28 saves in the first 20 minutes.
Though the majority of the second period was quiet, a burst of offensive fireworks in the last five minutes made it a memorable one. St. Cloud picked up another extra man score with 5:34 left in the frame, taking a commanding 2-0 lead. However, a penalty on the Huskies gave Brown a chance to answer, and the Bears took full advantage, as Stortini buried the puck in net from the right side. Kromm and rookie Laurie Jolin picked up assists on the play.
Just 68 seconds later, the Bears answered again, this time at even strength. Sophomore Paige Pyett intercepted a pass from St. Cloud, and fired it to Kromm, who was waiting to knock it into goal for Brown, tying the game at 2-2 and giving the Bears all the momentum going into the locker rooms.
In the final period, however, the Huskies came out determined to swing the game back in their favor, scoring just 43 seconds into the frame, and then adding another six minutes later for a 4-2 lead, appearing to seal the game. Once again though, the Bears answered in exciting fashion, as rookie Kelly Griffin and senior Sasha Van Muyen tallied back-to-back goals just 66 seconds apart, putting the game in another deadlock.
Though the contest appeared headed for overtime, the Huskies scored one final goal to pick up the win. With just over two minutes remaining, the referee appeared to blow the play dead, but the Huskies took a shot regardless, and the play was ultimately ruled a goal despite protestations from the Bears. That tally would be the difference, as St. Cloud held on for a 5-4 win.
The Bears will be back in action early tomorrow, as they host a rematch with St. Cloud at 12:00 p.m.