PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown got behind early against ECAC Hockey foe Clarkson on Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium, and despite a strong second period, the Bears could not overcome the Golden Knights early offense, falling 6-2.
Clarkson (14-6-4, 8-3-1) scored four goals in the first four minutes of the game to take a commanding lead. Brown (5-7-6, 2-6-3) fought back however, scoring twice in the second, but the Golden Knights were able to get them back, and hold on for the win.
Clarkson took an early 1-0 lead at 3:04 in the first as Carly Mercer took the feed from Daniella Matteucci on an open breakaway and went five hole for her 11th goal of the season. Just 1:06 later, the Golden Knights increased the lead, as Taylor Gedig pushed one in to put the Bears at 2-0 disadvantage.
The first penalty of the game came against the Bears on an interference call as 7:54. 1:06 into the infraction, Mercer netted her second goal of the game for a 3-0 Clarkson lead.
At 9:36, the Golden Knights picked up their fourth goal of the game by Vanessa Gagnon, which forced the Bears to make a goalie change.
Brown got on the board just 1:25 into the first as deflection came right back out to Kelly Kittredge (Mahwah, N.J.) who blasted a one-time slapshot, high to stick-side of Clarkson goalie Erica Howe. The shot actually hit the crossbar and fell back into the net for Kittredge's first career goal. Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) and Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) were there for the assists.
The Bears nearly made it a two-goal game eight minutes into the period as junior Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) worked her way down into the Clarkson zone and actually looked to have Howe beat on the backhand, but the puck clanged against post and out the wrong way.
A minute and half later, an interference call on the Golden Knights gave Brown its second power play of the game, yet once again it was the Clarkson penalty kill unit that came out on top.
Just 38 seconds after the game went back to even strength, Clarkson's Danielle Skirrow put on a fantastic individual effort, scoring her 11th goal of the year on an unassisted goal.
Brown began to find its offensive groove late in the second and actually out-shot the Golden Kights 13-5 in the stanza. With the puck deep in the Clarkson zone and several shot attempts, senior Jacquie Pierri (Montclair, N.J.) was able to take a rebound and find an opening, cutting the Golden Knight lead back to the three with just 14.9 seconds left in the period.
The Bears' offensive intensity continued at the start of the third, but Clarkson was able to strike first in the period as a two-on-two resulted in an open net and a goal for Gagnon, five minutes in.
Brown hits the road next weekened when they travel to Albany, N.Y.,, for games against ECAC Hockey foes Union and RPI.