Oct. 15, 2006
Providence, RI - It may only be mid-October, but the Winter sports season began Saturday at Brown, as the women's ice hockey team won an exhibition game against the East Coast Wizards, 6-2, at Meehan Auditorium. After fighting through some rust in the early going without giving up a goal, the Bears hit their stride in the second period, scoring three goals en route to the victory.
The Bears were out-shot 12-7 in the first period, but were able to score the only goal in the frame. Captain Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) went top-shelf over the Wizards goaltender on the power play off a great feed across the slot from freshman Andrea Hunter (Fulton, NY). Assistant captain Rylee Olewinski (Burr Ridge, IL) was also credited with an assist. Goaltender Stacy Silverman (Wakefield, MA) got the nod in the first frame, and made 12 saves.
The second period saw Bruno take control of the contest, even though the Wizards held a 19-7 advantage in shots during the period. Senior captain Lauren Deeb (Menands, NY) got the scoring started with an unassisted tally during a four-on-four situation 2:20 into the period. Hunter followed later with a power-play goal 15 minutes in, with senior Ann Brophy (Ann Arbor, MI) getting one of her three assists on the play. Sophomore defenseman Lindsay Wilde (Billerica, MA) closed out the period with a score off a pass from Olewinski to give Bruno a commanding lead. Sophomore Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) handled the duties between the pipes, making 19 stops, tops among the five goalies who played in the game for the two teams.
The Wizards finally got on the board to start the third period, but the Bears answered right back with goals from freshmen Sasha Van Muyen (Orilla, ON) and Kath Surbey (Calgary, AB). Sophomore Savannah Smith (Fort St. John, BC) assisted Van Muyen's tally, while Brophy got assists on both scores. A Wizards goal from former Brown assistant coach Shannon Kennedy closed out the scoring. O'Hara Shipe (Anchorage, AK) made five stops, as the Bears outshot their opponents for the first time in the game, 13-7.
Brown plays its first official game of the season Friday, when the team will travel to Durham, NH to play UNH. The Wildcats are 5-0-0 on the season and ranked second in the country.