Jan. 23, 2009
Providence, R.I. - Senior goalkeeper Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) set a new mark for career saves at Brown in a 5-0 loss to Colgate on Friday night. Despite the final score, Stock played an impressive game against the Raiders, racking up 45 saves to push her career total to 2,497, breaking the previous mark of 2,490.
Stock is no stranger to the record book, as she already held the school records for saves in a period (27), single game (66), and single season (1,004), each of which she established in 2007-08. With 675 so far this season, she has a shot to break her own record for single season saves this year as well.
Offensive struggles did the Bears in on Friday, however, as they were unable to find the back of the net for the fifth time this season. With the loss, Brown falls to 3-15-1 overall and 2-10-0 in league play, while Colgate improves to 13-9-2 on the year, and 7-4-2 in ECAC Hockey.
The first period started off well for the Bears, as Stock made a number of big stops early on, but Brown couldn't get its offense started, and struggled to get good looks on goal, recording only six shots in the period. With just over six minutes remaining in the frame, the Raiders broke through for the first goal of the game, as Beth Rotenberg knocked in a rebound for an early 1-0 lead. The Bears looked to have an opportunity to answer shortly after as Colgate was whistled for tripping, giving Bruno a power play. However, senior Sam Hunt was able to steal a Brown pass and push it forward to teammate Katie Stewart, who scored the first of her two goals on a short-handed breakaway, giving the Raiders a 2-0 lead heading into the locker rooms.
Although Brown played well defensively to start the second frame, the team continued to have offensive difficulties, and Colgate was able to maintain the pressure on Stock, eventually breaking through for two more goals in the middle of the period. With 10:19 remaining, the Raiders had a shot deflected by a defender that trickled over Stock's head for the third goal of the game, and then added another score three minutes later for a 4-0 lead. Despite a power play in the frame, Brown managed only three shots on goal in the second against twenty for Colgate.
The Raiders struck a final time midway through the final period, as they tapped in another rebound for the final margin of 5-0. The high point for Brown came just two minutes later, as Stock made a pair of saves in quick succession to tie and then break the career record. The Bears appeared to have gotten on the board as time wound down, but the goal was called off after the referee ruled that a Brown player punched it in with their hand.
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they host league rival Cornell at 4 p.m. in Meehan Auditorium.