POTSDAM, N.Y. – Senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) cracked the 50-save mark for the second time in as many games by stopping 53 shots to power the Brown women's hockey team to a 1-1 tie against No. 5/5 Clarkson in the Bears' ECAC Hockey opener at Cheel Arena on Friday evening. Brown moves to 1-1-1 overall and 0-0-1 in the ECAC, while the Golden Knights shift to 6-2-2 on the season and 1-1-1 in conference action.
The deadlock snaps a five-game losing streak for the Bears against Clarkson, dating back to a 1-1 tie on Nov. 19, 2010, while giving Brown its first draw against a nationally-ranked squad since tying No. 10 Boston University on Jan. 10, 2010.
Jamie Lee Rattray got Clarkson on the board first with a give-and-go goal at 13:35 in the first period, but Brown sophomore Ariana Rucker (Oakton, Va.) knotted things at 1-1 at the 4:50 mark in the second. Freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.) fired a shot on net that was stopped by Golden Knights goalie Erica Howe, but Rucker pounced on the rebound for her first goal of the season.
Rucker's marker stood up thanks to another tireless effort by Moore between the pipes. After setting a career high with 54 saves in last Saturday's 2-1 overtime victory at RIT, Moore finished just one stop shy of matching that tally and bumped her total to 107 saves in the last two outings.
The Golden Knights pressured the Bears defense with five shots in the extra period, but Moore turned away each one to help Brown outlast the opposition and earn a tie.
Howe stopped 10 of the 11 shots she faced, while the Bears managed to draw the nationally-ranked Golden Knights despite being outshot by a 54-11 margin. A mere three penalties were committed in the clean contest that saw Brown strand two power play opportunities to Clarkson's one.
The Bears complete their North Country tour tomorrow when they take the ice against St. Lawrence in an ECAC showdown at 3 p.m.