The Bears dropped a hard-fought 4-2 game to the Colgate Raiders
on Friday evening, as junior Jenna Dancewicz’s two goals
weren’t enough to overcome some hot shooting by the hosts, as
the Raiders built a 3-0 lead in the first period and held on for
the win. With the loss, Brown falls to 1-9-3 on the season, and
0-6-3 in league play, while Colgate improves to 4-11-3 overall, and
2-4-3 against ECAC Hockey foes.
The first period was all Colgate, as the home team outshot the Bears 14-7, and picked up three goals in the opening 20 minutes. Rookie goalie Katie Jamieson kept Brown in the game though, making 11 saves, and appearing to make another on Colgate’s third goal before the puck slipped through. Jamieson was particularly impressive on a Colgate power play midway through the period, stopping all three extra man shots by the Raiders.
In the second, Bruno began to take the momentum back, scoring one goal and narrowly missing on several others, as the shots were nearly even in the frame. Freshman Laurie Jolin had a breakaway opportunity near the halfway point of the period, but just missed scoring Brown’s first goal as the Colgate keeper made a nice save. Senior Nicole Brown then had another one-on-one chance just a minute later, but her shot was just wide of net, preserving the shutout.
After another Colgate goal made it 4-0 with just under eight minutes remaining in the period, Brown got on the board with the first goal by Dancewicz. The Bears worked the puck around the perimeter looking for a good opportunity, then passed it in to Dancewicz on the right side, where she fired it into net to make it a 4-1 game. Jolin and sophomore Paige Pyett were credited with assists on the play, the team-leading fifth of the season for Pyett.
Brown continued to hold the momentum in the third, outshooting Colgate 14-10 in the frame, though the Raiders held them off the board for the first 18 minutes of the period. With just under two minutes left in the game, Dancewicz set up at the left post, took a pass from behind goal, and again found the back of the net to cut the deficit to 4-2. Jolin picked up her second assist of the game, while fellow rookie Alena Polenska earned her first. Despite a solid third period, the Bears found themselves without enough time to complete a comeback, and the Raiders held on for the 4-2 home victory.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they travel to Ithaca, New York to take on the Cornell Big Red at 4:00 p.m.