Stock Leads Bears to Win in Season Finale
Feb. 21, 2009
Providence, R.I. - The Bears celebrated Senior Night at Meehan Auditorium with a win over Quinnipiac on Saturday, taking a 3-1 decision behind goalie Nicole Stock's (Buffalo Grove, IL) 32 saves. Early in the second period, Stock also made her 1,005th save of the season, breaking her own single season record set in 2007-08. She finished with 1,026. With the win, Brown finishes the season at 7-21-1 overall, and 6-16-0 in league play, while Quinnipiac ends at 3-26-5 on the year, and 2-15-5 in ECAC Hockey.
The final contest of the 2008-09 season, it capped off the careers of Stock and fellow seniors Savannah Smith ( Fort St. John, B.C.) and Frances Male (Toronto, ON), who were honored after the game. The trio made the most of it, as Smith was a starter and had several solid shots, Male picked up an assist on the first goal of the game, and Stock broke her own single season saves record.
The game started off on the right foot for the Bears, as rookie Katelyn Landry (Belmont, MA) scored her first career goal with just under 15 minutes remaining, giving Brown a 1-0 lead. Jacquie Pierri (Montclair, N.J.) and Male were credited with assists on the play. Quinnipiac appeared to tie the game up with seven minutes to play in the frame, but the Bears vehemently protested, and the goal was eventually waved off because of a high stick. Following the flap, the Bears buckled down on defense, and help the Bobcats off the scoreboard for the remainder of the period.
It was more of the same for Brown in the second, as the only action for much of the period was the eighth goal of the season for sophomore Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, IL) near the midpoint of the frame. With the score, Dancewicz continued her breakout season, as she leads the team in goals after recording no points during her rookie season last year.
Brown struck again on an exciting goal by junior Nicole Brown (Swift Current, SK) with just over two minutes to play. After the Quinnipiac goalie came out of net to pass the puck off to a defender, Brown stole the puck behind the net and scored on a wrap around before the goalie could get back into position. With the goal, the Bears were up 3-0 heading into the second intermission.
Quinnipiac finally broke through early in the third period, scoring just over five minutes into the frame to cut the margin to 3-1. However, the Bobcats were unable to keep the momentum going, as Stock played a terrific third period to keep them off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Quinnipiac did have a good look on a breakaway late in the period, but Stock made a diving, sprawling save to deny them the goal, and the Bears took a 3-1 win.