Women's Ice Hockey Advances To Frozen Four Final With 2-1 Win Over Minnesota

March 22, 2002

Brown University goaltender Pam Dreyer collected several crucial saves in the game's waning minutes as the Bears hung on for a 2-1 victory over Minnesota in the national semifinal of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four, in Durham, N.H. Brown will face Minnesota-Duluth in the national championship game on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., while Minnesota and Niagara, a 3-2 loser to UMD, will face off in the third-place game Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

After a scoreless first period, Brown University scored early in the second period, producing a goal at 1:40 when Kristy Zamora added her 33rd goal of the year. Kerry Nugent and Jessica Link were credited with the assists. The Gophersadded a goal of their own when Kelly Stephens scored her 23rd goal on a power-play opportunity. Slominski passed the puck from the top ot the circle to Stephens, who was streaking to the net. Stephens then shot twice, scoring off her own rebound at 8:25 of the second. The tie however, would dissapate as the Bears added a a power-play goal less then one minute later at 9:16. The goal proved to be the gamewinner.

Minnesota came to life in the third period, outshooting the Bears 17-5 in the final 20 minutes. However, Dreyer stopped all 17 shots, 35 total, for her 13th win of the season. Minnesota had a power-play opportunity in the third, the team's fourth of the night, but could not convert. The Gophers pulled rookie goalie Jody Horak with a minute and two seconds remaining to add the extra attacker. Minnesota attempted a total of two shots, one of which was blocked, the other a wide shot by Stephens.

Brown...............  0  2  0 -  2
Minnesota...........  0  1  0 -  1
1st period
Penalties - Katie Guay, BROWN (CROSS-CHECKING) 07:39, Kelly Stephens, UM (HOLDING) 17:41, Kim Insalaco, BROWN (HOLDING) 17:41.

2nd period
1 - BROWN, Kristy Zamora/33 (Kerry Nugent, Jessica Link) 01:40.
2 - UM, Kelly Stephens/23 (Laura Slominski) 08:25 (pp).
3 - BROWN, Kim Insalaco/14 (Cassie Turner, Courtney Johnson) 09:16 (pp).
Penalties - Jessica Link, BROWN (CROSS-CHECKING) 07:29, Kelsey Bills, UM (CROSS-CHECKING) 09:03, Katie Guay, BROWN (TRIPPING) 14:11.

3rd period
Penalties - Katie Lafleur, BROWN (ELBOWING) 08:47, Sarma Pone, UM (TRIPPING) 10:20.

Shots on goal - BROWN 14-8-5-27, UM 10-9-17-36.
Power plays - BROWN 1 of 2, UM 1 of 4.
Goalies - BROWN, Pam Dreyer 13-3-2 (36 shots-35 saves), UM, Jody Horak 14-2-2 (27-25).
A - 205
T - 2:26
Three stars: 1. Pam Dreyer, 2. Kim Insalaco, 3. Kristy Oonincx
Referee: Sjoukje Brown
Asst Ref: Julie Piacentini, Pat Silva
Win - Pam Dreyer (13-3-2).
Loss - Jody Horak (14-2-2).

2002 NCAA Women's Frozen Four Semifinal #2
Minnesota calls timeout 17:55 3rd
Brown advances to championship game (Sun 4:00)