NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – The Brown women's ice hockey team (3-12-1, 2-9-0 ECAC) scored the first and last goals of tonight's league contest, but ultimately fell, 3-2, to the Yale Bulldogs (3-14-1, 2-8-1 ECAC) at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Connecticut. Each of the Bears' co-captains notched a goal in the match-up, while junior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) added two assists, completing her second consecutive multi-point game.
The first period got off to a slow start, as both teams produced several turnovers and failed to connect on passing sequences, but the Bears began to generate more offensive opportunities as play progressed. Their control and momentum finally paid off just before the half-way mark of the stanza, as an interference call on Yale's Madi Murray gave Brown the first player advantage of the night.
A little over a minute into the power play, with action firmly centered in the Bears' offensive zone, senior co-captain Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) connected on a pass from Hoyle to put Brown on the board with a 1-0 lead. With the power play unit screening Yale's Jaimie Leonoff, Polenska accepted a feed from Hoyle, walked the puck in from the blue line and sent a hard wrist shot into the back of the net on the blocker side for her fifth goal of the season. Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) contributed her first point of the season with an assist on the goal.
The Bears continued to dominate play in the second half of the period, but with just under five minutes left to play the Bulldogs fought back, notching a goal of their own to tie the score, 1-1. With Yale peppering junior goaltender Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) with shots, sophomore Stephanie Mock skated hard to the net to grab the rebound of an attempt by junior Ashley Dunbar. Mock shot five-hole, and the puck trickled in for her first goal of the season. Kate Martini was also credited with an assist on the tally.
Both goalies made some impressive saves to end the first, and the teams headed to locker room with an even score. Brown out-shot Yale in the first period, 9-6.
The Bulldogs skated hungrily in the second frame, playing the majority of the 20-minute period around the Bears' net, and added two goals to their total to build a 3-1 lead. It didn't take long for Yale to find the back of the net, as Jamie Haddad snapped the tie at just 2:26 into play. The freshman received a pass from Murray and sent a wrist shot into the top corner for her first goal of the season.
A body checking call on freshman Ariana Rucker (Oakton, VA) gave the home team their first power play opportunity of the night at 8:40, and Yale took less than 30 seconds to capitalize on the advantage. With the extra player contributing to traffic around the net, junior Haddad took a shot from the point that found the bottom corner of the net. Her second goal of the night, assisted by Tata Tomimoto and Janelle Ferrara gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead that would last through the remainder of the period.
The offensive edge belonged to the Bears in the third period, allowing them to narrow the gap in the score, but the Bulldogs played tough defense, denying all of Brown's attempts to tie the game and securing the win for the home team.
Brown started the third period on the power play, but a body checking call on Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) less than a minute into the period ended their advantage and gave Yale one of its own. The Bears continued to fight however, getting a goal back at 3:57 into the frame.
Freshman Kelly Micholson (Elk Grove Village, IL) started play on the goal, taking a slapshot from the blue line that deflected off of Leonoff and down to Hoyle's stick. Hoyle sent the puck across to senior co-captain Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) who was waiting at the backdoor, glove side, to notch her fourth goal of the season.
The Bears continued to put pressure on the Yale defense, but as the clock wound down, they still found themselves a goal behind the Bulldogs. Calling a time-out with 2:17 left to play in the period, Brown elected to play the final minutes of the game with an empty net in favor of the extra attacker, but the Bears couldn't find a way to even the score, dropping a 3-2 decision at Ingalls Rink.
The Bears out-shot the Bulldogs 25 to 23 in the loss, while Moore made 20 saves between the pipes. Brown was one-for-two on the power play over the course of the night, while Yale capitalized on just one of their three opportunities.
The Bears will look to avenge tonight's result when they welcome the Bulldogs to Meehan Auditorium on Saturday, January 19. Action will begin at 7:00pm, immediately following the men's game against the Harvard Crimson.
Brown: 9 - 6 - 10 - x - 25
Yale: 6 - 11 - 6 - x - 23
First period – B, Polenska (Hoyle, Nedow), PP, 9:37. Y, Mock (Dunbar, Martini), 15:43. Penalties: Y, 1-2.
Second period – Y, Haddad (Murray), 2:26. Y, Haddad (Tomimoto, Ferrara), PP, 9:03. Penalties: B, 2-4. Y, 1-2.
Third period – B, Jolin (Hoyle, Micholson), 3:37. Penalties: B, 1-2.
Saves: B, Moore (57:41), 5 – 9 – 6 – x - 20. Y, Leonoff (60:00), 8 – 6 - 9 – x – 23.
Three Stars: 1. Jamie Haddad (Yale) 2. Jessica Hoyle (Brown) 3. Janelle Ferrara (Yale)