PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown celebrated the 50th Anniversary of George V. Meehan Auditorium on Saturday afternoon, but it was Princeton that came away with the victory, topping the Bears, 3-0. Brown got 20 saves from junior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario), but a first period goal from the Tigers' Brianne Mahoney proved to be the difference.
The Bears were out-shot by just two, 24-22, but it was the Tigers that made the most of their opportunities. Princeton improves to 6-7-1 on the season and 5-4-1 in ECAC Hockey play. Brown falls to 3-5-5 on the year, and 1-4-3 in conference action.
It did not take long for Princeton to get on the board as Mahoney was able to use a screen to sneak one into the net, just 2:40 into the game.
Princeton also picked up the first power play of the game a minute and a half later on an interference call, but the Brown penalty kill was able to keep the Tigers from expanding their lead.
Brown got its first play advantage at 13:34 in the first on a body-checking call on Princeton. The power play would not last long however, as 53 seconds in, Brown was called for a tripping penalty to make in 4-on-4 hockey.
The Bears stayed toe-to-toe with Princeton with each team down a skater, and nearly killed the penalty, but with seven seconds left in the infraction, Denna Laing was able to put one in for a 2-0 Tigers lead.
Brown got another opportunity late in the first on a tripping call by Princeton at 18:14, but could not convert before the end of the period.
Despite having 16 seconds on the power play to start the second, the Bears were unable to convert.
It was Princeton that was able to find its third goal at 7:22 in the second, as Alex Kinney went top shelf, unassisted, to on once again extend the Tiger.
At the 12:57 in the second, Brown nearly got on the board as sophomore Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) found herself on a breakaway and fired one on net, only to be denied by the crossbar, as the puck ricocheted down and out, just missing the goal line.
The final regulation period was evenly matched, with neither team able to find the upper hand.
Brown plays a midweek contest at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, December 7, at Sacred Heart at 7 p.m., in its final game of 2011.