PRINCETON, N.J. – A trio of Tiger goals in the second period snapped the Brown women's hockey team's two game winning streak as the Bears fell to Princeton, 3-0, in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League action at Hobey Baker Rink on Friday.
Kelsey Koelzer led the way for the Tigers (13-9-4, 9-7-3 ECAC) with the game-winning goal and a pair of assists, while goalie Kimberly Newell made 25 saves to earn her second shutout of the year.
For the Bears (4-17-5, 3-13-3 ECAC), senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario) each rattled off a team-high four shots and goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) reached the 30-save mark for the 13th time this season. The Bears were outshot by Princeton, 33-25, but registered at least 25 attempts for a season-best third consecutive game.
Brown skated to a scoreless tie with Princeton through 20 minutes of action, trailing the hosts by a narrow 11-10 margin in shots on goal. The Tigers erupted for three tallies in the second period, however, to mount a lead and never budge. Marred by four consecutive penalties over a 12 minute span in the second stanza, the Bears found themselves shorthanded frequently, which allowed the Tigers to strike for two power play goals.
Moore hung tough during the initial man-down situation, but Princeton broke the 0-0 deadlock when Gabie Figueroa faked a shot from the point and passed to Koelzer on the left wing. The freshman wound up for the one-timer and put the Tigers on the board with a seething slap shot.
Princeton struck again and Brianna Leahy scored just 10 seconds after a cross checking penalty left Brown with four skaters. Denna Laing then pushed the Tigers' lead to 3-0 just three minutes later on an even strength tally, flushing a wrist shot from straight away before Brown could touch the puck after a cross checking infraction was called.
The Bears return to action tomorrow when they head to No. 9/10 Quinnipiac for an ECAC contest at 4 p.m.