Boston, Mass. – A late Brown rally came up just short as the Bears (2-6-2) scored with just over two minutes remaining to close within one of Northeastern (9-3-4). Brown nearly knotted up the game just 30 seconds later when a Bear goal was called off after review and allowed the Huskies to hold on for the 2-1 win.
The story of the first period was the outstanding play of rookie netminder Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.). The freshman made 16 saves in the initial 20 minutes, facing a barrage of offensive opportunities from the Husky offense.
Northeastern struck first on the scoreboard, eight and half minutes into the second period. Sophomore Rachel Llanes was finally able to get one past more Moore off the centering passes from Maggie Dimasi and Casey Pickett.
Aside from the lone goal, it was more of Moore in the second. The rookie stopped another 16 shots to tally 32 saves through just two periods. Classmate Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) had two great opportunities in the waning minutes of the frame, one on a breakaway and another from close range, but NU goalie Florence Schelling was able to turn away the Bears best offerings.
Northeastern added to its lead just under five minutes into the final period as Siena Falino was able to put one on net that took an awkward bounce and was able to find the five hole and put the Huskies up 2-0.
Brown got a player advantage with just over 10 minutes to play after a Northeastern penalty, but Schelling showed why she was selected to the Swiss National Team, keeping the Bears off the scoreboard.
With just 2:03 left, the Bears were finally able to get the best of Schelling. With an extra player on the Brown empty net, sophomore Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) took the feed from Hoyle and freshman Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) to net her third goal in just two games and bring Brown within one.
After gaining some valuable momentum, the Bears were once again able to control the puck as senior Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, Ill.) broke down ice and put one on Schelling. The NU net minder was able to deflect the shot, but sophomore Jacquie Pierri (Montclair, N.J.) put the rebound in as the trailer. After official review, the referees ruled that Pierri made contact with the puck with her glove and pushed the shot forward, negating the goal.
Moore made 12 more stops in the final period to finish with 44 for the game.
The Bears play their final two games of 2010 on the road at Quinnipiac and Princeton next weekend.