January 11, 2008

Brown Offense Explodes in 6-1 Win at Quinnipiac

Jan. 11, 2008

Box Score

Hamden, CT - In the first 9:20 of the second period, the Brown women's ice hockey team (2-11-3, 2-7-2 ECAC Hockey) scored four goals, more than it had in any game this season, ending its 14-game winless streak with a 6-1 win over Quinnipiac (3-13-4, 0-9-3 ECAC Hockey) at the TD Banknorth Center in Hamden, Conn. on Friday night. Senior Heather Lane (London, ONT), junior Savannah Smith (Fort St. John, BC), and sophomore Jenny Cedorchuk (Medfield, MA) all scored within the first five minutes of the second, with senior Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) adding two goals and sophomore Erin Connors (Newburyport, MA) adding another late.

After a scoreless first, the Bears came out of the intermission firing. Lane got the scoring started with her first goal since November of 2005, blasting a low shot from just inside the blue line thanks in part to a screen from Connors, and an assist from freshman Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA). Just 1:18 later, Smith trailed Moore on a breakaway, grabbing the rebound from Moore's shot and putting it home for a 2-0 Brown lead and her first goal of the season. At 4:58, Cedorchuk lifted a backhand over the sprawled Quinnipiac goaltender, with the puck taking one bounce before entering the net for her second goal of the year. Moore and freshman Erica Kromm (Naramata, BC) earned assists on the goal.

Now in firm control of the contest, the Bears got one more insurance goal at 9:20. After winning the faceoff in the Quinnipiac zone, sophomore Andrea Hunter (Fulton, NY) passed the puck up top to Kromm, whose long shot was saved, but kicked out to Moore, who deposited a wrist shot five-hole for her fifth goal of the season and fourth in eight games.

Quinnipiac finally got on the board at 8:59 in the third, as junior Trudy Reyns blasted a shot from the point just under the crossbar to prevent the shutout. The Bears answered right back though, as Moore scored her second goal at 10:30 off a faceoff win by Hunter, and Connors redirected a shot by freshman Samantha Stortini (Sudbury, ONT) for the Bears' sixth goal at 12:31 for the final 6-1 score.

The Bears' goal output was even more impressive given that two shots that appeared to be goals were called back. In the first period, freshman Jaclyn Small (Thornhill, ONT) sent a missile in from the left point that appeared to ripple the netting in the top right corner, but the referee, who was right on top of the play, ruled no goal. Suprey appeared to have the same thing happen to her on almost the exact same shot midway through the second period, but again the referee, who was in good position, ruled it as no goal.

Meanwhile, Stock was typically stellar in the Bears' end, making two point-blank reflex saves in the span of a minute around the seven-minute mark in the first period, then holding strong the rest of the way, finishing with 22 saves. For the game, Brown out-shot its hosts 34-22.

Moore's four points give her 118 for her career, passing Pam Boone '82 and tying her with two-time Olympian Tara Mounsey '01 for 12th all-time at Brown. Moore now has 14 career points in five games against Quinnipiac on nine goals and five assists.

On Saturday, the Bears will travel south to Princeton, N.J., for a 4 p.m. tilt with the Tigers at Hobey Baker Rink.

Brown 0 4 2 - 6
Quinnipiac 0 0 1 - 1

1st Period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 1-2; Q, 3-6.
2nd Period - B, Lane (Suprey), 0:42; B, Smith (Moore), 2:00; B, Cedorchuk (Moore, Kromm), 4:58; B, Moore (Kromm, Hunter), 9:20. Penalties - B, 1-2; Q, 3-6.
3rd Period - Q, Reyns (Leone), 8:59; B, Moore (Hunter), 10:30; B, Connors (Stortini, Small), PP, 12:31. Penalties - B, 1-2; Q, 3-6.

Saves - B, Stock (60:00) 10-6-6 - 22; Q, Miller (52:31) 7-14-3 - 24; Wishart (7:29) x-x-4 - 4.