January 13, 2012

St. Lawrence Tops Brown, 3-0, in the Bears' 2012 Meehan Debut

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's hockey team returned to Meehan Auditorium for the first time in 41 days and faced off against ECAC Hockey foe St. Lawrence. Freshman Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.) tied a game-high four shots on net while sophomore goaltender Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) posted 31 saves for Brown (5-6-6, 2-5-3), but it was St. Lawrence (12-7-3, 6-4-1) who came away with the win on Friday night, 3-0.

The Saints got two power play goals, one in the first period and then one in third before an empty-net goal with 1:07 left sealed the victory for SLU.

After St. Lawrence was nearly called for the first infraction of the game just three minutes into the first stanza, it was Brown who was whistled first on a hooking call at 4:12. With just two seconds remaining in the penalty, the Saints capitalized, netting the power play goal when Alley Bero found Margo Lund for a 1-0 lead.

Late in the period, the Bears began to find their momentum and nearly tied it up after Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario) stole a pass in front of SLU net and went five-hole, but Saints goalie Carmen MacDonald was able to make the save.

Brown went on the advantage with 40 seconds left in the first period after a St. Lawrence boarding call. The power play extended into the second and even though the Bears got down to just six seconds left, Brown went back on the advantage after another SLU penalty.

The Saints penalty kill unit was able to hold up however, keeping the Bears off the board.

Both teams saw some good chances in the second, but Moore and her counterpart MacDonald were able to keep the period scoreless.

A too many skaters on the ice, bench minor at 8:18 set up St. Lawrence on the power play in the third, and 53 seconds in, Bailey Habscheid set up Mel Desrochers for the score and a 2-0 Saints lead.

Brown got a chance to get back into the game with 3:14 left on a St. Lawrence interference call, but once again the SLU penalty kill unit stood up.

Bruno pulled the goalie with just over 70 seconds left, but at 18:57, the Saints were able to put one in the empty net, sealing the victory.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon, January 14, at 4 p.m., when they take on Clarkson.