January 3, 2014

Women’s Hockey Hangs with No. 3 Cornell in 3-1 Loss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) knocked in the game-tying goal off a feed from classmate Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) in the second period, but No. 3 Cornell answered back with two markers in the third to hand the Brown women's hockey team a 3-1 loss in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action at Meehan Auditorium on Friday evening.

Brown (1-10-3, 0-6-1 ECAC) tied the nationally-ranked Big Red (11-1-2, 7-0-2 ECAC) at 1-1 at 10:43 in the second, erasing the deficit created by Jillian Saulnier's shorthanded tally midway through the opening frame.

Saulnier, the nation's leading goal scorer, stole the puck at mid ice amidst a Brown power play and sped down the middle for an unassisted breakaway goal to put the Big Red up 1-0. The Bears aimed to counter twice early on in the second, but a pair of 2-on-1 breakaways were broken up by Cornell defenders, who knocked away last-second crossing passes. Yang converted on her opportunity, however, and flashed down the left wing to flick in Robson's feed to tie the game.

The Big Red reclaimed the lead quickly after the opening face off in the third, using a second chance setup to find Hanna Bunton at the point for an open look. Cassandra Poudrier and Taylor Woods worked the puck around to Bunton, who rocketed in a slap shot for the go-ahead marker.

Brown held steady despite trailing 2-1 and survived a cross-checking penalty that put the Bears a man down at 10:28, but Emily Fulton, the country's top point getter, potted an insurance goal with 6:28 left in regulation to pad the visitors' lead.

Senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.), who made 24 saves in the defeat, was lifted in lieu of a sixth skater for the final 1:40 but Brown could not crack the Cornell defense in the late going. For the Big Red, Lauren Siebodnick stopped 12 shots to remain unbeaten at 10-0-2 on the season.

The Bears return to ECAC play tomorrow when they host Colgate at 4 p.m.