PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Despite an impressive 35 saves by senior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario), the Brown University women's ice hockey team fell to No. 6 Harvard University, 3-0, in tonight's home-opener. With the evening's result, the Bears move to 1-2-0 and the Crimson improve to 3-0-0 on the young season.
Harvard dominated the offensive play from the very beginning of the first period, moving down to challenge Jamieson within the first 20 seconds of the game. Jamieson held steady however, making her first of many saves when Harvard sophomore Samantha Reber skated into a breakaway to challenge her in net. Brown was eventually able to push Harvard out of their zone at the 3:15 mark, pushing the puck rapidly down to Harvard's netminder Laura Bellamy and drawing her out of the net. The Bears capitalized on the confusion, with freshman Emma Pearson (Richmond Hill, Ontario) taking a shot into the lower right corner that just bounced off of the post.
Play continued to shift in Brown's favor with their first power play of the game at 4:11 into the period. Harvard's Mary Parker was called for tripping, giving the Bears an opportunity to generate offensive play. They kept possession of the puck for almost the entirety of Parker's time in the box, but were not able to find the back of the net.
Harvard, however, earned their way onto the scoreboard less than ten minutes into the first period. Play began when the Crimson found themselves in a two-on-one breakaway towards Jamieson. Pearson foiled their initial efforts when she dove onto the puck, but Harvard junior Lyndsey Fry quickly picked it up and sent it to linemate Jillian Dempsey. Her shot was saved by Jamieson, but Kailey Armstrong took advantage of the confusion around the net, picking up the rebound to score her first goal of the season and the eventual game winner.
Brown and Harvard each killed a penalty in the last ten minutes of the period, and Jamieson continued to make impressive saves for the Bears, sending Harvard into the locker room with only a 1-0 lead over the home team.
The second period opened in a similar fashion to the first, with Harvard moving the puck immediately into the Bears' zone and keeping it there for the first five minutes of play. Their speed paid off with the second goal of the game, as Harvard's top line struck again at 2:49 into the period. Dempsey was credited with the goal, her fourth of the season, while Fry and Armstrong contributed the assists. Harvard carried this momentum through the period, scoring their third and final goal at 9:29. Harvard defenseman Kelsey Romatoski took a powerful slapshot from the blueline, and the puck snuck through traffic around the net and under Jamieson's left arm.
Play continued to be dominated by Harvard for the remaining 30 minutes of the game, as the Crimson outshot the Bears, 38-5. Junior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) and sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) each fought through the Harvard defense to generate prime scoring opportunities, but they were denied by Harvard goaltender Laura Bellamy who stopped only five shots in her shutout.
Defensively the Bears were impressive, both in and around the crease. Jamieson made 15 saves in the second period alone, and was awarded second star honors for her efforts. Pearson was also a defensive force, using her body to stop shots on multiple occasions and foiling many of Harvard's attempts with her stickhandling.
"That was a tough game for us," said Brown Head Coach Amy Bourbeau after the loss. "Harvard's a really good team, but I think in the end we really beat ourselves tonight. When we play well we play as a team. Our goalie, Katherine Jamieson, stood on her head, but we took too long to make decisions and it killed us in the end. Hopefully we will be better tomorrow."
The Bears return to the ice on Saturday afternoon when they take on the Dartmouth Big Green (2-1-0) at Meehan Auditorium. Action will commence at 4:00pm, after the newest member of the Brown squad, Angelica Negron, is drafted by the team in a special ceremony at center ice.
Harvard: 1 - 2 - 0 - x - 3
Brown: 0 - 0 - 0 - x - 0
First period - H, Armstrong (Fry, Dempsey), 9:07. Penalties: B, 1-2. C, 2-4.
Second period - H, Dempsey (Fry, Armstrong), 2:49. H, Romatoski (Parker, Spurling), 9:21. Penalties: H, 1-2.
Third period - Penalties: B, 1-2.
Saves: B, Jamieson (60:00), 7- 15 - 13 - x - 35. C, Bellamy (60:00), 1 - 3- 1 - x - 5.
Three Stars: 1. Kailey Armstrong. 2. Katie Jamieson. 3. Jillian Dempsey.