ORONO, Maine – Freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.) halved a two-goal deficit with a marker in the third period, but the Brown women's hockey team (1-9-2) could not overcome an early disadvantage and fell 2-1 to the University of Maine (1-12-4) in non-league action at Alfond Arena on Friday.
Conway's third goal of the season extended her team lead to eight points, while junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) supplied the assist to sneak right behind Conway in the Brown point standings with seven. Senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) made 19 saves against the Black Bears.
A tripping penalty just 68 seconds after the opening faceoff put the Bears at a disadvantage, but Brown did not flinch and killed the penalty without allowing a shot on goal. Just 13 seconds after the Bears returned to full strength, however, Maine's Katy Massey put her squad up 1-0 on assists from Jess Vallotton and Brianne Kilgour.
Another Maine power play ensued when a holding the stick infraction sent a Brown player to the box. The Black Bears cashed in on the opportunity and Kilgour tallied her second point of the game on a shot from close range in front of the net in the 16th minute of the opening period.
The Brown offense put Maine goalie Mariah Fujimagari to the test in the second period as junior Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.), freshman Catherine LeBoeuf (Dieppe, New Brunswick) and senior Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) rattled off consecutive shots, all of which were stopped by the freshman netminder. The Bears kept the pressure high after going on the power play at 6:24 on a Maine checking penalty. Brown peppered the net with six shots during the man-up situation and fired off three more after the Black Bears got whistled for interference at 18:06. Despite firing 10 shots on goal in the period, the Bears faced a 2-0 deficit heading into the final stanza.
Conway got the visitors within a goal when she knocked in a feed from Robson, but the Bears could not register a tying goal despite pulling the goalie for the 19 seconds of play.
Fujimagari, the defending Hockey East Rookie of the Week, made 20 saves to help Maine earn its first win of the season.
Brown held a 21-16 faceoff advantage over the Black Bears, while shots were even at 21 per side.
The two teams square off in a rematch tomorrow at 12 p.m.