January 27, 2012

No. 10 Dartmouth Edges Brown, 3-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's hockey team began a stretch of eight games to end the season in which they will play seven teams that are either nationally ranked or receiving votes in the latest polls on Friday night, with a matchup against No. 10 Dartmouth at Meehan Auditorium. The Bears scored the first goal of the game jus 2:48 into the contest, but the Big Green responded with two goals in the same stanza, and then added an empty-netter with just over a minute left in regulation to take home the victory, 3-1.

The Bears went toe-to-toe with the No. 10 team in the country and led early, but two unassisted goals gave Dartmouth control of the game. Brown enjoyed a strong second half to the second period, and even better third, but the Big Green would not relent the equalizer.  

Brown scored just 2:48 in to the game as junior Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) took the assist from senior co-captain Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) for a 1-0 Brown lead.

The Big Green responded just under five minutes later however, as defender Sasha Nanji tallied her first unassisted goal of the contest to tie the game. Dartmouth's blue-liner did it again just four minutes later when she scored unassisted for the second time and gave the Big Green a 2-1 lead.

The Bears were out-shot 12-5 in the second period, but junior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) made all 12 stops to keep Brown in the game. Jamieson finished with 30 saves.

Bruno began the third on the power play and went tally 11 shots to Dartmouth's nine in the first period, but the Bears could not find a way to get one past the Big Green's Lindsay Holdcroft.

Brown was forced to pull the goalie with under two minutes left to try and find the equalizer, but it was Dartmouth who would lock down a goal as Erica Dobos tallied an empty-netter at 1:05.

Brown continues its five-game stretch against teams at least receiving votes in the poll tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. against Harvard.