Women’s Hockey Falls Short to No. 7/7 St. Lawrence, 6-3

Women’s Hockey Falls Short to No. 7/7 St. Lawrence, 6-3

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown women's hockey team was defeated by No. 7/7 St. Lawrence, 6-3, on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium. After falling behind 4-0 after two periods, the Bears rallied and generated two quick goals in the beginning of the third, from juniors Cara Najjar (Stoneham, Mass.) and Abby Niewchas (Cochrane, Alberta). St. Lawrence gained a goal back before sophomore Veronica Alois (Andover, Mass.) scored Brown's third of the frame to again put the Bears within striking distance, but the Saints shutdown a comeback with a goal soon after to seal the victory.

Najjar scored just 12 second into the third with the help of sophomore Sarah Migliori (East Greenwich, R.I.) to give Brown (0-5-0, 0-3-0 ECAC) some momentum in the final period. Niewchas put in a slap shot from the blueline at 1:54 to pull the Bears within two (4-2). Seniors Samantha Swanstrom (Ham Lake, Minn.) and Sam Donovan (New Brighton, Minn.) provided the helpers on Niewchas' first score of the season.

The Saints (4-3-2, 2-1-0 ECAC) got one back at 11:24 of the third to increase their lead to 5-2 when Rachael Smith scored her second of the night.

Brown took advantage of its second power play of the game at 16:12 when Alois tallied her second of the year with the assists coming from freshman Kaitijane Blumberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Alley Rempe (Calgary, Alberta). Just 44 seconds later, St. Lawrence would cement its win with Justine Reyes' goal (16:56).

St. Lawrence benefited from the power play in the first two periods and went 2-for-5 in the contest while the Bears were 1-for-2 with their score coming in their three-goal third period.

Freshman Lauren Rippy (Plymouth, Mich) ended the game with 23 saves while Sonjia Shelly made 18 stops in the St. Lawrence net.

Overall, eight different players contributed points in the contest for Brown, with A. Rempe (2G, 2A) and Blumberg (1G, 4A) extending their point streak to four games.

To open the night, St. Lawrence got on the board quick with Hannah Miller generating the contest's first score at 1:30. Brown was whistled for a penalty later in the stanza and the Saints were able to capitalize at 7:52 (Kayla Nielsen) for a two-goal lead. The Bears came back with several scoring opportunities but could not find the back of the net in the first frame and finished the period with a 11-8 advantage in shots.

Brown got a crack at its first power play at 9:32 in the second. A. Rempe had a good look but her shot hit the pipe, a play that was later reviewed. St. Lawrence would kill off the penalty and then increase its lead to three at 14:24 (Rachael Smith). Kayla Vespa added a power-play goal at 18:29 to give the Saints a 4-0 lead after two.

The Bears return to the ice tomorrow (Nov. 4) with a game against No. 3/3 Clarkson at Meehan Auditorium. Puck drop is set for 3:00 p.m.

Video of all Brown women's hockey home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.