CANTON, NEW YORK – The Brown University women's ice hockey team (1-4-0, 1-4-0 ECAC) fell to St. Lawrence (5-5-0, 3-0-0 ECAC), 4-1, in tonight's league contest held at Appleton Arena. The Bears played hard for 60 minutes of action, but couldn't find an answer to the Saints' prolific offense. Sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) scored the team's lone goal of the night, and Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) continues to post impressive numbers between the pipes, stopping 32 of St Lawrence's 36 shots.
The Saints came out firing, playing their way onto the board just over a minute into the game. With traffic in front of the net, Amanda Boulier shot from outside of the right circle, taking advantage of the screen to beat Jamieson. Kelly Sabatine and Rylee Smith assisted on the goal. Defensively, Brown was strong throughout the rest of the period, with Jamieson making 10 saves, but the Bears were outshot by the Saints, 11-4, in the first, sending the home team into the break with the slight lead.
The second period brought a change in tempo for the Bears, as they put considerable pressure on St. Lawrence's goalie, Carmen MacDonald. Out shooting the Saints, 15-9, Brown was finally able to find the back of the net, but not before St. Lawrence opened up their lead, scoring two goals just over three minutes apart.
Play on the ultimate game-winner began when Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario) was called for a tripping penalty, providing St. Lawrence with their third power play of the game. As played moved towards the Brown goal, Sabatine took a hard shot that bounced off of the end board and right to Smith's stick, allowing her to score on the rebound. Brooke Fernandez also assisted on the goal.
Just a few minutes later, as Brown's defense worked hard to get the play out of their zone, Sabatine found a way to snatch the puck, sending it to Abbey McRae who scored their third goal of the night at 7:22 of the second period.
The Bears continued to put pressure on the Saints, both offensively and defensively, finally reaping the rewards during a five-minute major penalty. Jamie Goldsmith was called for slashing with contact to the head, giving her a game misconduct and putting St. Lawrence down a player for five minutes.
While Brown created many offensive opportunities during the power play, Robson was the one who finally connected, scoring her second goal of the season at 13:07, just a few seconds before St. Lawrence returned to full strength. Robson, assisted by captain Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) and sophomore Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY), tipped in a rebound to put the Bears on the board.
Third period action was largely centered in Brown's zone, as the defense assisted Jamieson in protecting the net. St. Lawrence out shot the Bears, 16-6, but Jamieson stopped 15 shots to cap off her stellar performance behind the crease. The only goal of the period was scored at 19:22 when Sydney Bell tallied an empy-netter, assisted by Jacqueline Wand, cementing the victory for St. Lawrence.
"We played hard," said head coach Amy Bourbeau. "We played really hard. We created scoring chances, but now we need to start to do a better job of executing in certain situations."
The Bears will conclude their weekend in New York with a Saturday afternoon game against #3 Clarkson. The puck will drop at 4:00pm at Cheel Arena in Potsdam.
St. Lawrence: 1 - 2 - 1 - x - 4
Brown: 0 - 1 - 0 - x - 1
First period - SLU, Boulier (Smith, Sabatine), 1:12. Penalties: B, 1-2. SLU 3-6.
Second period - SLU, Smith (Sabatine, Fernandez), PP, 3:58. SLU, McRae (Sabatine), 7:22. B, Robson (Jolin, Vella), PP, 13:07. Penalties: B, 2-4, SLU, 1-5.
Third period – SLU, Bell (Wand), EN, 19:22. Penalties: B, 3-6.
Saves: B, Jamieson (59:53), 10- 7 - 15 - x - 32. SLU, MacDonald (59:38), 4 - 14- 6 - x - 24.