January 24, 2012

Robson’s Hat Trick Powers Brown to Win Over Yale, 4-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown moved back to .500 overall on Tuesday night at Meehan Auditorium, behind the strength of rookie forward Sarah Robson's (Mississauga, Ontario) first career hat trick. Robson tallied the first goal of the game in the initial period before adding two in the third, the final on a power play, to push Brown (7-7-7, 4-6-4 ECAC Hockey) to a 4-1 win over Yale (1-20-0, 1-13-0).

Robson, along with the rest of the Bears offense was on point during Tuesday night's contest. Brown totaled 45 shots on the night, including 25 (a season high) in the second period.

Sophomore goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) moved to 3-3-5 on the season, posting 25 saves. Her counterpart, Genny Ladiges, made 41 stops for the Bulldogs.

Despite Brown holding the lead after the first, Yale was just as active offensively, actually out-shooting the Bears by two, but once again it was Bruno's goaltending that made the difference as Moore made 13 saves in the initial frame.

Brown got the first goal of the game at 9:24 in the first period on a well-executed, end-to-end play. Junior Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) sent a pass from the face-off circle in the Bears' zone to center ice, finding Robson who beat two defenders and then the Yale goalie, high on the glove side, for a 1-0 Bruno lead. The goal marked Robson's fourth-straight game with a point.

The Bears penalty kill unit showed well to start the contest as they were able to work off two infractions in the first, one prior and one after the lone goal in the period.

It was an active start to the second half, which included three penalties in the first three minutes and put Yale and Brown in 4-on-4 hockey for nearly two minutes. Midway through the open ice time, Yale found a two-on-none breakaway that looked like a sure score for the Bulldogs, but once against it was all Moore, as she stoned their best offering to keep the Elis off the board.

Brown went on the power play again at 12:01 in the second and quickly made the most of the opportunity as senior co-captain Katelyn Landry (Bowie, Md.) made a fantastic effort to put a shot on net, get the rebound, move around the Yale net and then put another shot on goal, which was quickly corralled by rookie Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.), who put it in for her fifth goal of the season and a 2-0 Brown advantage.

Despite the deficit, Yale continued to fight and after a pile up in front of the Brown net with just 48 seconds left in the second, Heather Grant was able to find a small opening and put the Bulldogs on the Board.

Brown got the goal back at 7:35 in the third as Robson took the set up from Polenska and sophomore Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) for her second goal of the game.

The hat trick came for Robson with a power play goal at 14:58 in the third on a power play goal, assisted by rookie Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Hoyle.

Brown is back in action this weekend at Meehan Auditorium as they host a pair of nationally-ranked conference opponents, taking on No. 10 Dartmouth on Friday, January 27, at 7 p.m., before facing No. 9 Harvard on Saturday, January 28, at 4 p.m.