February 9, 2008

Bears Hold On After Early Goals, Tie Princeton, 2-2

Feb. 9, 2008

Box Score

Providence, RI - After scoring twice in the first 3:01 of play, the Brown women's ice hockey team (3-17-5, 2-12-4 ECAC Hockey) held on to tie Princeton (12-8-5, 10-6-2 ECAC Hockey), 2-2, at Meehan Auditorium on Saturday afternoon. With a loud crowd cheering the Bears on for "Meehan Meyhem," senior captain Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) and sophomore Kath Surbey (Calgary, ALB) scored early goals for a 2-0 Brown lead, which junior Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) nearly preserved with 47 saves.

Moore opened the scoring just 2:24 into the game with an easy finish on a play set up by senior captain Rylee Olewinski (Burr Ridge, IL) and sophomore Andrea Hunter (Fulton, NY) on a power play. Hunter worked the puck behind the net to Olewinski, who passed out front to Moore, who scored on a wide open net before Princeton goaltender Kristen Young could react. The goal, Moore's team-leading 12th of the season, gives her 130 career points, passing Becky Kellar '97 for eighth all-time at Brown.

Just 37 seconds later, Surbey doubled the Bears' lead. Junior Savannah Smith (Fort St. John, BC) won the puck in the corner, sliding it out to her linemate, who snuck a quick shot between the right post and Young's left skate.

The Tigers halved the Brown lead at 9:55 in the second, as Micol Martinelli got the rebound from a Julie Flynn shot and lifted it over Stock. The Brown junior was solid the rest of the period though, making 18 saves in the frame to hold the lead. However, Princeton broke through again at 1:45 in the third period on a power play, as Annie Greenwood deflected a Katherine Dineen shot from the point past Stock.

Brown very nearly retook the lead around the 7:00 mark in the third on a power play, as Moore beat Young five-hole from the right side, only to have the shot bounce off the far post and out. Princeton had its best chance to take the lead around the 16:30 mark, as Laura Martindale was stoned by Stock on a nifty pad save on a breakaway. The rebound kicked out to Greenwood, who had an open net, but freshman Samantha Stortini (Sudbury, ONT) was able to get back in time to deflect the puck away. Surbey and freshman Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA) both had breakaway chances in the closing minutes of regulation and overtime, but were unable to capitalize.

Princeton held a 49-21 shot advantage for the game, with Young making 19 stops. Each team scored on one power play, Princeton on five chances and the Bears on four. Stock's 47 saves mark the seventh time this season she has topped 40, and bring her Brown single-season record total to 879, 198 more than the previous record with four games to play.

Next weekend, Brown will travel to northern New York for a pair of games with #8/9 Clarkson and #7/6 St. Lawrence in its final road trip of the season.

Princeton 0 1 1 0 - 2
Brown 2 0 0 0 - 2

1st Period - B, Moore (Olewinski, Hunter), PP, 2:24; B, Surbey (Smith), 3:01. Penalties - P, 1-2; B, 3-6.
2nd Period - P, Martinelli (Flynn), 9:55. Penalties - P, 1-2; B, 0-0.
3rd Period - P, Greenwood (Dineen), PP, 1:45. Penalties - P, 2-4; B, 2-4.
Overtime - No scoring. Penalties - P, 0-0; B, 0-0.
Saves
P, Young (65:00) 6-7-3-3 - 19; B, Stock (65:00) 15-18-13-1 - 47.