PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The nation's top defense clamped down on the Brown women's hockey team as No. 5/6 Clarkson ran away with 4-1 win in ECAC Hockey action at Meehan Auditorium on Saturday. Senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) made 45 saves and sophomore Alli Rolandelli (Minnetonka, Minn.) tallied her first career goal late in the third period for Brown (2-13-4, 1-9-2 ECAC), but the Golden Knights (17-4-3, 8-2-2 ECAC) offense proved too fierce and fired 49 shots on goal to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games.
Olivia Howe turned in a three-point evening with a goal and two assists, while Genevieve Bannon, Carly Mercer and Jamie Lee Rattray notched a goal apiece. Erica Howe made 14 saves and nearly earned another shutout to add to her nation-leading total if not for Rolandelli's marker.
Bannon struck first on a power play, sweeping in from the left wing to knock in Howe's rebound at the 15:47 mark. The man-up goal was the lone conversion on nine chances between the two sides as Clarkson extended its streak to 35 consecutive killed penalties. Mercer almost added a goal for the visitors with 2:12 left in the period, ripping a point blank shot after a long feed, but Moore stood strong for the save.
The Golden Knights stretched their lead to 3-0 in the second period on even strength goals separated by 59 seconds by Howe and Mercer. Bannon and Jennifer Shields earned assists on Howe's tally, while Howe was on the helping end of the visitors' third goal.
The Bears opened the third period with 1:40 left on a high-sticking penalty but survived the disadvantage without incident. Shortly after Brown returned to full strength, Moore turned away a Bannon attempt from the left side with a stick save to keep the game within reach.
Brown saw its first power play of the game on an interference call at 4:00, but junior Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.) got tangled at mid-ice and was whistled for holding in an attempt to disrupt a breakaway at 4:22. During a brief stint of 4-on-4 hockey, freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.), junior Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) and senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) each smacked rapid-fire shots on net, only to have Howe turn them away.
Rolandelli finally got the Bears on the board with a blast from the blue line that threaded the thick Clarkson defense and snuck in the left corner of the net. Freshman Catherine LeBoeuf (Dieppe, New Brunswick) looked to make it a one-goal game with a good look from the point on a late power play, but the blocked shot would be Brown's last potential bid. The hosts opted for the empty net with just under a minute to play and Rattray took advantage, whipping in Clarkson's fourth goal on a wrist shot from the blue line on the left wing with 30 seconds to play.
Brown returns to action with a home-and-home series against Ivy League rival Yale next weekend. The Bears head to New Haven, Conn., for a 7 p.m. puck drop next Friday, and then host the Bulldogs on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the Brown women's hockey 50th Anniversary Celebration. Former Brown players will be honored during intermission and legendary Head Coach Steve Shea will provide the honorary opening puck drop. A banquet will be held after the game at the Nelson Fitness Center.