Oct. 20, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Brown women's hockey team opened their season with a 4-1 exhibition win on Sunday afternoon against the Bluewater Hawks, a competitive Canadian club team. Sophomore goalkeeper Joy Joung (Torrance, CA) earned the win in her first start, allowing only one goal while making 19 stops for the Bears.
The first period started slowly for both teams, as the game remained scoreless until there was just over a minute left in the opening frame, when Bluewater's Stephanie Giannopoulos was able to knock one past Joung, giving the Hawks an early 1-0 lead. Head coach Digit Murphy and her staff were able to make the necessary adjustments at the break, however, and the Bears out for the second ready to take control.
Only two minutes into the period junior Erin Connors (Newburyport, MA) notched a power play goal on a feed from sophomore Erica Kromm (Naramata, BC) and assistant captain Andrea Hunter (Fulton, N.Y.). Brown struck again five minutes later, when freshman Skyelar Siwak (Olds, AB) tallied her first collegiate point, with an assist going to junior Sasha Van Muyen (Orillia, ON). The duo hooked up again at the 11:12 mark, as Siwak was able to deflect Van Muyen's shot into net to give the Bears a 3-1 lead. Brown struck once more in the third, as Kromm was able to intercept a pass and tapped in her first goal on an open breakaway opportunity.
The Bears will open their regular season on Friday, October 24, when they travel to Minnesota to take on St. Cloud State at 8:00 pm CT.