Canton, N.Y. – The Brown women's hockey team concluded a long road trip to upstate New York on Saturday afternoon, taking on St. Lawrence at Appelton Arena. Despite 34 saves from sophomore netminder Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) the Bears were topped 3-1.
Despite the loss, Brown (7-11-7, 4-10-4) remain in a tie with RPI for the final ECAC Hockey playoff spot, with just four games remaining on the regular-season schedule.
The Saints (17-8-4, 11-5-2) scored one goal in the opening 3:00 minutes of each period, including the first goal of the game by junior Kelly Sabatine, just 59 seconds into regulation, as she re-directed a shot from outside the left circle from classmate Brooke Fernandez behind Moore for her 16th goal of the year.
St. Lawrence, which held a 9-5 advantage in shots after one, struck again at 1:27 of the second period on a great individual effort by senior Vanessa Emond who collected her own rebound on a shot wide of the net and crashed the net, tucking the puck across the line for her ninth goal of the season, unassisted, for a 2-0 advantage.
Though the Saints had the better of the play again in the second, Moore made several great stops to keep the Bears in the game headed to the final stanza.
However, sophomore Rylee Smith's power play goal at 2:59 of the period made it a 3-0 game. Smith sniped a shot past Moore for her team-leading 17th goal of the year from the right circle,.
Brown would get on the scoreboard midway through the third period with a power play goal, as the rookie Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) tallied her team-leading eight goal of the season, collecting a rebound off a shot by junior Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) and fired a shot past St. Lawrence first-year goalie Carmen MacDonald to cut the deficit to 3-1. Sophomore defender Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) also earned a helper on the goal.
Unfortunately for the Bears, two minor penalties in the last 6:00 minutes of the game would end their chances of a comeback, as the Saints held on for the 3-1 victory.
The home team finished with a 37-16 advantage in shots on goal and a 1-for-4 mark on the power play. The Bears were 1-of-3 with the extra skater.
Brown will be back in action next weekend with their final two home games of the season. The Bears will face off against nationally-ranked Cornell and a pivotal game in the race for the final playoff spot, against Colgate.