February 13, 2009

Bears Ride Strong Second Period to 3-2 Win

Feb. 13, 2009

Providence, R.I. - The Bears used a flurry of offense over the final two periods to come away with a close 3-2 win over Union on Friday night, passing Quinnipiac in the ECAC Hockey standings. Sophomore Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, IL) kicked off the scoring with a power play goal midway through the second period, and goalie Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) shut out the Dutchwomen in the third to hold on to the win. With the win, Brown improves to 6-18-1 overall, and 5-13-0 in league play, while Union fell to 2-26-3 on the season, and 0-18-1 in ECAC Hockey.

The first period started slowly, as neither team was able to break through and put the puck in net. Brown led in shots on goal though 20 minutes, but both teams struggled to generate offense, as only 15 total shots were taken.

Things quickly changed in the second, however, as four goals were scored in a span of just over five minutes, as Brown jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, only to see the Dutchwomen tie the game back up just before the intermission. Dancewicz picked up the first goal on a feed from junior Andrea Hunter (Fulton, N.Y.). Only 33 seconds later, junior Kath Surbey (Calgary, AB) scored again, knocking in a goal from the right side, giving the Bears a sizable lead.

Union refused to give up easily though, as penalties on the Bears gave them the necessary opening for a comeback. The Dutchwomen scored a pair of power play goals in quick succession, stunning Bruno by tying the action at 2-2 after 40 minutes of play.

Though Union was clearly eyeing the upset heading into the final frame, sophomore Erica Kromm (Naramata, B.C.) quashed those plans quickly, scoring an extra man goal just give minutes into the period, and giving Brown the final 3-2 margin of victory. With Union pulling their goalie to get extra pressure on the Bears, Stock rediscovered her rhythm, and shut them down to hold on to the win.

The Bears will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, when they host Rensselaer at 4 p.m.

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