January 28, 2011

Brown’s Return Home Trumped By Harvard, 4-0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown came out strong in its first home game in 20 days, but Harvard was able to weather the storm and showed why they are the No. 2 team in the ECAC. The Crimson turned on offensive pressure of its own, tallying a goal midway through the first on their way to a 4-0 win.

Brown (2-15-3, 1-9-3) nearly took an early lead in the first period when the offense worked the puck deep into the Harvard (11-7-2, 10-3-2) zone. Several players piled up in front of the net as three different Bears fought to push the puck in, but Crimson goalie Laura Bellamy was eventually able to cover up, keeping Brown off the board.

An interference call on the Bears led to the first goal of the game at 9:43. Harvard was able to work the puck around the Brown defense as sophomore Jillian Dempsey found senior Liza Ryabkina, who put in for her eighth goal of the season and a 1-0 Crimson lead.

Despite the goal, sophomore goalie Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) was strong in net for the Bears, racking up 21 saves in the first.

Harvard came out on the attack in the second period and picked up a goal one minute and nine seconds in. Sophomore Josephine Pucci picked up her six goal of the year off the assist from Dempsey.

The Crimson added to their lead with five and half left in the second when rookie Marissa Gedman took the feed from Ryabkina, and shot a wrister on goal, which found its way in for a three-goal lead. 

The fourth Harvard goal came just 70 seconds later on a four-on-three advantage, which the Crimson immediately took advantage of as Leanna Coskren and Pucci combined to set up Kate Buesser for her eighth goal of the season.

The Bears almost lit the lamp in the third period as the senior captain Erica Kromm (Naramata, British Columbia) streaked towards the net and put a hard shot on net. Freshman Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) was set up perfectly for the rebound, but Bellamy was able to control the initial shot keep Hoyle from making a play. 

Brown got a few more chances late in the game, but the Harvard defense was able to keep the Bears from finding the cage.

The three-game homestand continues tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. when Brown hosts Dartmouth at Meehan Auditorium.