March 11, 2006
Canton, NY - The Bear's second year players of O'Hara Shipe, Hayley Moore and Rylee Olewinski led Brown past Princeton 1-0 in this afternoon's ECACHL Semi-final. Shipe was a wall and kept all 42 shots out of the back of the net while Moore and Olewinski teamed up for the second period goal that proved to be the difference in the match-up.
In a back and forth battle for the first twenty minutes the Bears and Tigers could not capitalize on their opportunities sending both teams into the intermission with a 0-0 tie. Princeton's best chance of the period came on a Brown power play with less than ten minutes remaining in the period, as a quick shot from the slot slipped pass sophomore goalie O'Hara Shipe, but a heads up play by senior Lindsey Glennon, cleared the puck out of the crease before it crossed the line keeping the game scoreless. As soon as the Tiger's player returned to the ice, Princeton turned up the pressure knocking three shots in on Shipe at point blank range, but Shipe was quick stopping all three. Shipe finished the period with nine saves.
Brown's best chance came on a power play later in the period, as sophomore Hayley Moore looked to deflect a puck from line mate Rylee Olewinski past Princeton's Roxanne Gaudiel, Olewinksi fired the puck from the near side boards just as a Tiger defender was closing in, Moore got her stick on it but deflected it over the net.
In the second period the action and hitting picked up, as both teams were looking for the edge in a see-saw battle. The Bears caught Princeton in a late change and freshman Lindsay Wilde wound up and fired a shot just over the blueline and was tipped just wide by Glennon who was in front of Gaudiel.
The Tigers broke out in a quick transition as Brittany Salmon skated in with Heather Jackson and only Bear defender Myria Heinhuis back. Salmon looked to slid the puck across the ice to Jackson who was skating in unmarked, but Heinhuis laid out stopping the puck and the threat. Princeton pressed two minutes later when Chrissie Norwich fired a shot from the point that was tipped wide by traffic in front of Shipe.
The Bears broke onto the scoreboard at the 7:20 mark, as Olewinski tallied her fifth goal of the season pushing the puck past Gaudiel with a Tiger defender all over her back for the 1-0 lead. Moore picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and found Olewinksi skating alone on the near side. Olewinski did the rest as she put Brown ahead, muscling her way past the Princeton defender Katherine Dineen and beat Gaudiel low on the left side.
Princeton pressed the Bears in the third looking for the equalizer, keeping the puck in Brown's zone for most of the third. For the second time in the game a Princeton shot trickled past Shipe, but was cleared out by a Brown defender this time freshman Lindsay Wilde to keep Brown ahead.
With less than five minutes remaining in the game Olewinski picked up a loose puck in the Tiger zone and beat Gaudiel low on the right side but the puck hit of the pipe and bounced to the corner where it was cleared out by a Princeton defender.
With 1:33 remaining in the game Princeton pulled Gaudiel getting the extra skater on the ice. The Tigers fired everything at Shipe but she stood strong keeping everything out of the net, sending the Bears to the ECACHL Championship game.
Brown will face Harvard who pulled off an upset of its own, defeating St. Lawrence 3-1 in the early match-up, The Bears and Harvard will face-off at 2:00 p.m. for the ECAC Hockey League Championship at Appleton Arena