February 1, 2011

Yale’s Snikeris Denies Brown Offense; Bulldogs Top Bears 4-0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown out shot Yale on Tuesday night, 32-28, but it was the Bulldogs who made the most off their offensive chances, topping the Bears 4-0. For the first time since Nov. 6, Brown had a lower save total than its opponent, as Yale goalie Jackee Snikeris stole the show, keeping the Bears off the board while stopping 32 shots.

History seemed to be repeating itself as Yale scored at 1:01 of the first period. It was the second time in two games that a Bear opponent had scored at the 61-second mark. Dartmouth picked up its first goal at the same time this past Sunday.

The Bears remained unfazed however as sophomore forward Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) worked the puck deep into the Bulldog zone and was taken down from behind to give Brown its first power play of the night.

Brown was able to fire off eight shots on net during the player advantage, but Snikeris was able to deny the Bears' best advances and maintain a one goal Yale lead.

The Bears got another power play just over four minutes later and nearly knotted up the score at one as freshman Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario) controlled the puck deep in the Yale zone and squeezed off a nice attempt on the stick side of the goalie, but once again Snikeris came up big, to keep Yale ahead.

Under a minute after the power play ended, Yale added to its lead as freshman Jackie Raines picked up a loose puck and wrested one in for her seventh goal of the season and a two-goal lead for the Bulldogs.

With just 4:55 to go in the first, senior Bray Ketchum had a rebound off a Bulldog shot come right back to her and with an open net in front of her, she put Yale up by three.

Although trailing throughout, the Bears continued to press offensively in the first period and after the first frame actually out shot the Bulldogs 13-8.

Brown continued to play well into the second period but just could not find a way to get one past Snikeris. With just under eight minutes to play in the second frame, senior captain Erica Kromm (Naramata, British Columbia) put a hard shot on net from near the face off dot, but Snikeris made an impressive glove save, reaching far to her left while in a full split.

The offensive intensity continued throughout the game for Brown, but it was Yale who made the most of its opportunities. With just over five and a half minutes to play, the Bulldogs tallied their fourth goal on Raines second of the game.

Multiple Brown players totaled at least three shots on goal against Yale. Jolin led the way with four, while Kromm, freshmen Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario), Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) and Welten, sophomore Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Repblic) and senior captain Samantha Stortini (Sudbury, Ontario) all tallied three.

The Bears hit the road this weekend for the start of a five-game road trip. Brown heads to Albany, N.Y., for a game on Friday, February 4th against R.P.I. at 7 p.m.