PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Playing their fourth-straight nonconfrerence game and fourth-straight Hockey East opponent on Sunday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium, the Brown women's hockey team was topped by No. 4 Boston College, 3-1. BC (10-4-1) got two first period goals before Brown (3-3-5) got on the board in the second, but Bruno could not overcome the impressive penalty kill unit of the Eagles.
Even though the Bears were skating with an injury depleted roster, Brown stayed right with the No. 4 team in the nation for the first 10 minutes of the contest.
The scoreless tie would not last however as at 12:52 BC's Caitlin Walsh took the pass from Danielle Welch and was able to put it in for her second goal of the season, and a 1-0 Eagle lead.
Brown was in position to tie it up at 16:03 in the first as a pile up in front of the net led to a free puck in front of a defenseless goal. The chance proved to unwarranted as an interference call on the play led to a BC power play and another Boston College goal. The power play score was put in by Alex Carpenter 17 seconds into the advantage.
Brown its first power play opportunity at 18:52 in the first, and even though they were not able to get on the board in the initial period, they would go on to start the second with 52 seconds on the advantage.
On the power play to start the second, the Bears got a couple good looks, but could not convert against the BC defense.
Brown picked up another 5-on-4 opportunity at 1:32 into the period on a tripping call. 56 seconds into the power play, junior Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) ripped a laser to the top shelf to bring the Bears to within one. Senior co-captain Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) set up the scoring chance and was credited with her team-leading ninth point of the season.
Boston College got the goal back at 9:07 in the second, when Jackie Young went high to score unassisted and put the Eagles up 3-1.
The two teams traded power play opportunities in the second half of the second frame, but neither squads' penalty kill units would not relent.
The first 10 minutes of the final regulation played out much as the first 10 of the initial frame, with both teams skating equally well. Brown got a power play late at 10:51 on a body-checking call, but BC's kill stood up.
Another penalty on the Eagles kept Brown up a player up, and then a 1:17 in, Boston College picked up a hooking call to the Bears on a 5-on-3 with just under six minutes to play.
Again it was the BC penalty kill that shown through, keeping Brown off the board.
Junior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) was solid in net for the Bears, making 34 saves.
Brown will be back in action next weekend at home on December 2, at 7 p.m., against Quinnipiac, before facing Princeton on December 3, at 3 p.m., as both the men's and women's programs will take part in a doubleheader, celebrating the 50th anniversary of George V. Meehan Auditorium.