Canton, N.Y. – A late Brown rally came up short in a very physical game at St. Lawrence on Friday night. The Bears trailed 4-1 entering the final period, but scored late and kept offensive pressure on for most of the frame before falling to the Saints 4-2.
The Bears (2-13-3, 1-7-3) had a couple of early chances and nearly took the lead when sophomore Erica Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) found herself with an open path to the cage on the right side. Farrer put a good shot on net, but rookie goaltender Caitlyn Lahonen was able to stay in front of the hard attempt.
St. Lawrence (11-11-2, 6-6-0) was first to get on the board. With just under five minutes gone by, reigning ECAC Player of the Week Kelly Sabatine and Karell Emard were able to set up Vanessa Emond, who went top shelf to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
Even though the Bears responded well to the initial goal and maintained possession of the puck in the SLU zone, the Saints were able to fight through the Brown pressure, tallying two goals within nine seconds. Emond followed Mel Deroschers, as each was able to find the back of the net for a three-goal advantage.
Brown got one back with 8:18 remaining in the second period on a power play. Sophomore Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) fed rookie Samantha Woodward (Lexington, Mass.) who had a beautiful pass that found its way into the crease and onto the blade of Laurie Jolin (Montreal, Quebec) for the one-timer. It was Jolin's sixth goal of the season, Woodward's second assist and Polenska's third helper this year.
The Saints got it right back however, as 12 seconds later Emond was able to light the lamp again for her second goal and third point of the game.
The third period showed more of the physical style of play that defined much of the game. Each team had chances on the offensive end but it was freshman Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario) who put on a show, corralling a loose puck deep in the Brown zone, and went coast-to-coast, complete with some fancy stick-handling moves, and capped the trip with a shot that beat Lahonen on the stick side.
The Bears continued on the attack and nearly got one more at 2:30, but Lahonen made a sprawling save to keep the score at 4-2.
Entering the game in midway through the first period, rookie goaltender Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) was solid in net, allowing just one goal while stopping 26 shots.
Brown returns to action tomorrow afternoon when they continue its upstate road trip at Clarkson at 4 p.m.
Pictured: rookie forward Vanessa "Vinny" Welten