Bears Fall at Quinnipiac in High-Scoring Contest, 7-5
Feb. 3, 2007
Hamden, CT - Despite holding a 4-2 advantage midway through the second period, the Brown women's ice hockey team (7-15-2, 4-13-1 ECACHL) was unable to hold the lead, eventually falling, 7-5, at Quinnipiac (8-20-2, 5-12-1) on Saturday night. The Bobcats scored five consecutive goals over a stretch beginning midway through the second and ending late in the third, taking their first lead of the game at 18:01 in the middle period.
After a scoreless first half of the opening frame, the two teams combined for four goals in the next 5:28. Brown got on the board first with a bit of luck. At 10:10, freshman Andrea Hunter (Fulton, NY) took a shot from the right faceoff circle that was stopped by Quinnipiac goaltender Janelle Wolitski. However, the rebound bounced off of the shoulder of sophomore Savannah Smith (Fort St. John, BC), into the net.
The Bobcats answered right back at 12:34. Quinnipiac's Kristin Emerick stole a puck in Brown's half of the neutral zone and fed Elyse Cole, who scored on a breakaway. The Bears got back on top at 14:49, when senior Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN) put home a rebound that Wolitski was unable to cover up, but the hosts tied things back up just 39 seconds later, when Quinnipiac's leading scorer, Hayley McMeekin, converted another breakaway.
Whatever Head Coach Digit Murphy told the Bears during the intermission, it got her team fired up. Brown retook the lead just seven seconds into the second frame, as junior Rylee Olewinski (Burr Ridge, IL) won the draw, starting a push up the ice that freshman Sasha Van Muyen (Orillia, ON) finished for her second goal in as many days. Junior leading scorer Hayley Moore (Wakfield, MA) doubled the lead at 10:22, scoring on a wraparound shot that went five-hole on Wolitski. The score extended Moore's point streak to 11 games.
Quinnipiac would dominate the rest of the game, getting four more goals before the second intermission to take a 6-4 lead into the locker room. The Bobcats added one more in the third period before Moore ended the scoring with a nifty move on a breakaway to make the final score 7-5.
The Bears held a 30-24 advantage on shots, while sophomore goaltender Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) stopped 17 shots. The Bears will play their final non-conference game on Wednesday, when they host Connecticut.
BROWN 2 2 1 - 5
QUINNIPIAC 2 4 1 - 7
First Period - B - Savannah Smith (Andrea Hunter, Amanda Asay), 10:10; Q - Elyse Cole (Kristin Emerick), 12:44; B - Kathryn Moos (Sasha Van Muyen, Rylee Olewinski), 14:49; Q - Hayley McMeekin, 15:28. Penalties - B, 2-4; Q, 3-6.
Second Period - B - Sasha Van Muyen (Rylee Olewinski, Kathryn Moos), 0:07; B - Hayley Moore (Savannah Smith, Andrea Hunter), 10:22; Q - Antoinette Maldonado (Ashley Jaffray, Trudy Reyns), 12:53; Q - Kristin Emerick, 14:57; Q (SH) - Hayley McMeekin, 18:01; Q - Elyse Cole (Nicolette Leone, Trudy Reyns), 19:57. Penalties - B, 3-6; Q, 3-6.
Saves - B, Nicole Stock, 5-9-0 - 14 (60:00); Q, Janelle Wolitski, 8-8-0 - 16 (60:00).