Rensselaer Hands Brown 2-0 Defeat, First of 2010

Rensselaer Hands Brown 2-0 Defeat, First of 2010

Providence, R.I. – The Bears lost a tight game on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium, as Rensselaer handed Brown its first loss of 2010 by a 2-0 margin, despite 32 saves from rookie goalie Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, ON). Brown played the Engineers evenly for most of the contest, nearly matching the visitors in shots, but Rensselaer used a two-goal burst in the second period to pull away and pick up the win. With the loss, Brown falls to 2-11-4 on the season, with an 0-8-3 mark in league play, while Rensselaer improves to 8-9-5 overall and 5-3-3 against ECAC Hockey opponents.

The Bears came out playing well in the first period, outshooting RPI by a 10-9 margin over the first 20 minutes, but neither team was able to find the back of the net, as both Jamieson and RPI keeper Sonja van der Bliek were at the top of their games.  In the second frame, the action continued in much the same fashion until just past the halfway point, when the Engineers tallied two back-to-back goals in the span of 49 seconds, shocking the Bears to take a 2-0 lead.

Brown had its best opportunity of the game during the middle 20 minutes, when a pileup at the Brown goal resulted in penalties on both sides. Rensselaer had already been whistled for a pair of infractions in the preceding minute, setting up a five-on-three situation favoring the Bears.  However, RPI's penalty kill unit came to the ice with impressive energy, shutting down Bruno's attack, and holding the Bears off the scoreboard.

In the third frame, both sides had chances to light the lamp, but the goalies stood tall once again, making a combined 17 saves, and the score held at a 2-0 margin through the final horn.

The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they host the Union Dutchwomen at 4:00 p.m.