Jan. 27, 2006
Providence, RI - Two second period power play goals by Cornell proved to be the difference maker, as the Bears (10-9-2, 8-3-1) fell to Cornell (6-13-0, 2-11-0) 3-1, this evening, giving Brown their first loss in Ivy League play this season. The Bears could not cash in on their opportunities, out shooting Cornell 27-13 in the loss.
After a scoreless first period, Cornell recorded their first power play goal of the game, when Brianne Schmidt snuck the puck past sophomore goalie O'Hara Shipe (Anchorage, AK) 12:56 remaining in the period. Looking to knot the game at one senior Keaton Zucker (Gilford, NH) faked a shot and slid the puck to sophomore Rylee Olewinski (Burr Ridge, IL) across the center. With a defender on her back Olewinski pulled the puck just wide, keeping the Bears off the board. The Big Red converted their second power play chance of the night eight minutes later. Caeleigh Beerworth fired a rocket from the slot that bounced up over the shoulder of Shipe, and Brittany Forgues skated in and slammed it in for the 2-0 lead.
Brown finally got on the board with 2:53 remaining in the period when Zucker recorded her seventh goal of the season. Junior Lauren Deeb (Menands, NY) shot the puck along the boards where it was picked up by sophomore Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA). Moore made her way to the corner and found Zucker skating down the left slot unmarked, and slid it to the senior forward. Zucker lifted the puck over the Big Red's Beth Baronick's blocker, cutting the deficit to one goal going into the second intermission.
The Bears had a rough go in the third, missing chances to get the equalizer, keeping Cornell ahead. With eight minutes gone in the period, freshman Frances Male (Toronto, ONT) lifted the puck just over the net, and it was cleared out by a Cornell defender ending the threat. In a defensive miscue with 10:11 to go in the game, the Big Red tacked on their third goal when Halina Kristalyn picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated across the Bear blueline for a breakaway. Kristalyn hit Ship's five hole and pushed the lead back to two. Shipe was pulled after the goal and finished the game with ten saves in 49:49 of play, in the loss.
Looking to get back the two goals Brown pulled freshman Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) who was in net for relief, with 1:59 to go in the game, but the Bears could not get a good look at the net as Cornell's defense buckled down for their first win in the past 18 meetings with the Bears.
The Bears will look to rebound from tonight's loss, when they take on Colgate tomorrow afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. ECACHL match-up with the Raiders.