December 4, 2010

Bears Fall at Princeton 4-0

Princeton, N.J. – In what was a very physical game (12 total penalties), momentum eventually turned to the Princeton offense as the Tigers (4-10-1, 4-6-1) downed Brown (2-8-2, 1-5-2) 4-0. The Bears continued to force their offense late into the game, registering 13 shots in the final period, but the Princeton defense was able to keep Brown from putting one between the pipes.

Princeton was able to strike first in the game immediately following a shorthanded play for the Bears. Brown was able to kill the penalty, but six seconds later the Tigers were able to take control in the Brown zone, which allowed junior Danielle DiCesare to pick up her first goal of the season.

It would not be surprising at all if no one told freshman goaltender Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) that the Tigers had scored a goal. After stopping 12 shots in the first period, the rookie turned away 15 more in the second, including five different Princeton chances on a power play at the 11:03 mark. Moore finished the game with 38 saves.

Princeton's third power play opportunity of the second period resulted in the game's second goal. The Tigers actually had a 5-on-3 advantage for two seconds with 5:29 to go, but soon after Brown got skater back, a loose puck in front of the Brown net found its way in when Paula Romanchuk collected the rebound and put it on goal.

One of Brown's best scoring chances came after sophomore Erica Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) won a faceoff in the Princeton zone. Classmate Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) was able to control the puck in front of the Tiger net and put a good shot on goalie Rachel Weber who was able to make a save. Polenska finished the game with five shots on goal.

Princeton added to its lead with 7:21 to go when Olivia Mucha went top shelf to pick up her third goal of the year. The Tigers fourth goal came with 4:27 left when Mucha streaked down the right side and fired on net, registering her second of the game.

The Brown offense kept pressing late into the third, but Weber was able to keep the Bears off the scoreboard and force Brown second shutout this season.

Brown University will now break for exams and the holiday season, but the return to action on January 2 when they host Boston University at Meehan Auditorium at 2 p.m.