Oct. 31, 2008
Troy, N.Y. - Sophomore Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA) took only one shot on Friday afternoon, but made it count, as she scored her first goal of the season in the opening period. However, Suprey and the rest of the Bears were unable to hold off RPI, as the team fell 5-1 in their ECAC Hockey opener. The loss moves Brown to 0-2-1 overall, while the Engineers even their record at 4-4. Senior captain Nicole Stock compiled a number of dazzling saves among her season-high 49, but was unable to entirely shut down the Rensselaer attack.
The first period started off inauspiciously, with neither team getting good looks early on. With the halfway point, however, also came a dramatic shift in the action. With 10:12 remaining in the first period, Stock made a terrific save on a point-blank shot after the puck came free directly in front of net. The Bears won the ensuing faceoff, and Suprey was able to take the puck on a breakaway up the right side, firing it into the upper left corner for an unassisted goal, and a 1-0 Brown lead. The goal was the second of Suprey's career.
After appearing to grab the initial momentum, Bruno again turned to Stock, who made a series of impressive saves with 7:06 remaining, and got the bench fired up. However, the faceoff again proved to be a potent weapon seconds later, as RPI took control, worked the puck quickly around the perimeter, and then saw senior Melissa Boik shoot through a crowd to tie the score. The Engineers came back again shortly after, as junior Whitney Naslund deflected a shot into goal from the left post for a 2-1 lead, the first power play goal that the Bears had given up all season.
As the second period began, it appeared that Brown might be able to turn the game into the kind of defensive struggle that suits its style, but the Engineers continued their onslaught. With 12:40 remaining in the period, RPI took a shot from the near right side, and although Stock made a nice save, she was unable to hold onto the puck, and was unable to get back in position in time to stop the follow up shot junior Jodi Yaworski.
The Bears had a good chance to narrow the gap just after the midway point, but Savannah Smith (Fort St. John, B.C.) missed a goal by inches on a tough shot from the left side. With just under three minutes left in the second period, Rensselaer found itself in good position as a result of a Brown penalty, and took advantage of the power play to increase the lead to 4-1. Stock was again able to make the initial save, but the Engineers followed up the shot and tipped it in past the defense with 2:49 remaining.
In the final period, both defenses clamped down, as shots were difficult to come by. Stock was pressured again just over four minutes into the period, but made an athletic play for the stop, laying out and smothering the puck. After the initial burst there was a long period where neither team was able to create a good look, but RPI struck a final blow with only 44 seconds remaining, as sophomore Kendra Dunlop knocked the puck home for a 5-1 win.
The Bears will be back in action again on Saturday afternoon, when they travel to play Union at 3 p.m.