March 25, 2002

Brown Falls to University of Minnesota-Duluth in Frozen Four Championship, 3-2.

March 25, 2002

In a wide-open offensive philosophy displayed by both squads, Brown got on the board first at the 11:26 mark of the first period. After a face-off on Brown's end of the sheet, senior Kristy Zamora (Oshawa, Ont.) slipped behind a crowd of UMD skaters and beat Duluth goalie Patricia Sautter, giving the Bears and early 1-0 advantage. Freshman Jessica Link (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was credited with her 21st assist of the season on the play.

The Bulldogs responded with a tally of their own only 1:45 later when freshman forward Kristina Petrovskaia gathered a loose puck in front of the Brown goal and pushed it past netminder Pam Dreyer (Eagle River, Alaska) to even the score. The Bulldogs held a 14-8 shot advantage in the opening period, while each team was whistled for a pair of penalties.

Duluth took a 2-1 lead midway through the second stanza when junior forward Laurie Alexander gained control of the puck deep in Brown territory and centered a pass to classmate Erika Hoist, who snuck a wrister past Dreyer's left. But Brown would answer that score just two minutes later in a four-on-four situation.

Freshman Kerry Nugent (Andover, Md.) took a pass from Link and raced past a pair of Duluth defenders before delivering a textbook offering to Zamora, who beat Sautter with a blast to the upper right, knotting the score a two apiece. Brown outshot UMD 11-10 on the period, while the Bears were called for a pair of penalties to the Bulldogs' single infraction.

Depsite being outplayed for most of the final period, the Bulldogs were able to score the game-winner in the final stanza -- and they did it in peculiar fashion. With both squads battling a loose puck near Brown's net, the Bears' attempt to clear the puck hit off the referee's skate and bounced back into Duluth's possession in front of the goal, where Duluth's Tricia Guest gathered the puck and slipped it between Dreyer's skates and into the back of the net. The unassisted goal came with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, and was Guest's 12th of the season.

But the Bears were not without their own chances in the final period. Brown had several breakaway opportunities, most notably Kerry Nugent's slapshot that glanced off the crossbar and harmlessly into Duluth's possession late in the game. In addition, Brown recorded 15 shots on goal in the final period, compared to just seven for UMD. For the game, Brown registered 34 shots to UMD's 31. Sautter made 32 saves on the evening for the Bulldogs, while Dreyer stopped 28 attempts.

"I couldn't be more proud of this team," said Brown head coach Digit Murphy, who is also a finalist for NCAA coach of the year. "They did an outstanding job in the second half of the season, and I'll be telling stories about this team for years and years."

Brown defender Meredith Ostrander (Prescott, Ont.) was named to the All-Tournament team, while Zamora was selected as the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player.

Said Zamora, "That was probably the best game I've ever played in. We played hard and left it all on the ice."

Brown ends their season with a 25-8-2 record, having won 19 of its last 22 games. Minnesota-Duluth finishes with a 24-6-4 slate.

--Source- Ivy League Sports