MONTREAL, QUEBEC – The Brown University women's ice hockey team (1-7-1, 1-5-0 ECAC) shook off their bus legs and came back from a 1-0 deficit to triumph over the University of Montreal, 4-1, on Friday, November 30. The game, the first of two that the Bears will play in Montreal in a weekend of exhibition competition, marks the second time this season that Brown has tallied four goals in a contest.
Competing on home ice at the CEPSUM rink, the Carabins opened up the evening's scoring with a tally at 14:36 of the first period. While on the power play, Kim Deschenes found the back of the net to put Montreal up, 1-0, heading into the first intermission. Josianne Legault and Laurence Beaulieu assisted her on the goal.
Coming onto the ice for the second period, it didn't take long for the Bears to even the score. Just 1:17 into play, a beautifully timed breakout pass from junior Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) connected with the stick of sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario), enabling her to score on the break away. The goal was Robson's fourth of the season.
Brown carried their momentum through the period, pulling into the lead less than six minutes later. Play started when sophomore Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) made a smooth pass up the neutral zone to classmate Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario). Keon shot the puck to freshman Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario) who was waiting outside of the net to notch the game winner and her first goal of the season.
The Bears pulled ahead, 3-1, at 14:43 of the second period while skating on the power play. Junior Samantha Woodward (Lexington, MA) took a hard shot on goal that was deflected by Montreal's net minder. Sophomore Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, NY) grabbed the rebound and sent it to junior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) who planted it squarely in the back of the net. The Bears have scored a power play goal in each of their last three games.
In the last minute of the second period, Brown increased its lead to 4-1 and capped the scoring for the night. Montreal took a shot from the point that was blocked by freshman Lauren Zary (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). Masucci grabbed the loose puck and skated down on a break away to score her second goal of the game with just a second left in the period.
After the scoring frenzy of the second, the third stanza saw both teams create multiple chances but capitalize on none. Montreal out shot Brown, 24-23, while senior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) made 23 saves for the Bears.
"We definitely had bus legs," said Head Coach Amy Bourbeau, "and we were down, 1-0, after the first period. The girls left the locker room after the first intermission with a determined attitude. They decided they were going to get going, and that is exactly what they did. One of the best things about the game was the power play goal, as it is great to see us creating and capitalizing on those particular chances."
The Bears will return to the ice on Saturday afternoon when they take on McGill in their final non-league game of the first semester.