Jan. 16, 2009
Canton, N.Y. - Despite a spirited effort, the Brown women's hockey team came away with their second 3-2 loss of the season at St. Lawrence on Friday night. Senior goalie Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) made 38 saves on the night, and assistant captain Andrea Hunter (Fulton, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist, but the Saints had just enough offense to pull out the win.
With the loss, Brown drops to 3-13-1 overall for the season, and 2-8 in ECAC Hockey play. St. Lawrence improves to 13-5-3 overall, and 7-1-1 in league play, pushing them into fourth place in the ECAC Hockey.
The first period set the tone for the remainder of the game, as both teams came out playing hard-nosed defense and denying the opposing offense any good looks on net. However, St. Lawrence broke through first, when sophomore Karell Emard picked up a rebound off Stock and knocked it in over her outstretched glove, giving the Saints a 1-0 lead with just over three minutes left in the period. Stock looked impressive in the early going though, making 16 saves over the first 15 minutes, and 18 total in the frame.
Coming out of the locker rooms after the first intermission, the Bears appeared to be newly motivated, as they unleashed an early flurry of shots, culminating in freshman Leah Crabtree's (North Andover, MA) first career point, an even strength goal at the 3:57 mark. Junior Andrea Hunter (Fulton, N.Y.) and rookie Katelyn Landry (Belmont, MA) were credited with assists on the play. The helper also marked the first collegiate point of Landry's career.
The Saints wasted little time in coming back, however, as St. Lawrence quickly rallied their offensive attack. Bruno was helped by some good fortune, as St. Lawrence saw two shots bounce off the goal post in a three minute span, but the luck ran out when Stock was screened off by a crowd in front of the net, and allowed the second goal of the evening for the home team. The goal capped the scoring in the period, as the second half of the frame saw both offenses held scoreless, and the tally remained at 2-1 going into the second intermission.
Although St. Lawrence appeared to have the momentum entering the third period at home with the lead, the Bears once again came out of the locker room hot, as Hunter picked up her second point of the night with a game-tying goal only 40 seconds into the period. Sophomore Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA) set up the goal for her third assist of the season.
Though the game appeared to calm down following Hunter's goal, the Saints answered once again, scoring their third goal of the evening just before the halfway point in the period, taking a 3-2 lead that Brown couldn't come back from. Though the Bears pushed the pace in the last few minutes and had several good looks on goal, they were unable to push across the tying score to force overtime, and left with a one-goal loss.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, as they complete their tour of the North Country with a game against the Clarkson Golden Knights at 4 p.m.