January 23, 2010

#3 Clarkson Takes 3-0 Decision Over Bears

Despite playing the third-ranked team in the nation on Saturday afternoon, the Bears (2-14-4, 0-11-3 ECAC) remained undaunted, coming up just short in a 3-0 loss to #3 Clarkson (17-5-3, 11-1-1 ECAC) that was closer than the final score indicated.  Brown came out playing well, outshooting the Golden Knights 13-7 in the first period, but Clarkson was able to pick up an early goal, and held on from there for the 3-0 victory despite 35 saves from rookie goalie Katie Jamieson.

Bruno came out with some confidence after nearly knocking off Saint Lawrence on Friday evening, and moved the puck well over the first 20 minutes.  Senior Sasha Van Muyen led the early charge, notching three first period shots and keeping steady pressure on Clarkson keeper Lauren Dahm.  However, the Golden Knights snuck one by Jamieson just two and a half minutes into the game, stealing the early momentum.

The second period was marked by impressive defense and play in net from both sides, as the goalies combined to stop all 27 shots taken.  Jamieson was particularly impressive, making 19 stops, and helping the Bears shut down a Clarkson five-on-three opportunity.  After back-to-back penalties on Brown gave the visitors a two-man advantage for more than a minute, it appeared that Clarkson was on the verge of a 2-0 lead.  Jamieson and the Brown penalty kill rose to the occasion though, snuffing out the scoring chance.

The third began in much the same fashion, with both sides exchanging shots but unable to find the net.  However, just over five minutes into the frame, the Golden Knights were able to corral a rebound and put it back on target for another goal, and a 2-0 lead.  Jamieson made several tremendous saves during the remainder of the period, including a diving, sprawling stop to keep the Bears in the game with nine minutes left.  The Knights then added a final tally with three minutes to play, intercepting a pass and knocking it into net for the final 3-0 margin.

The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, January 30, when they kick off a home-and-home with Yale by traveling to New Haven to play the Bulldogs at 2:00 p.m.