Nov. 17, 2007
Cambridge, MA - For the second time in two days, the Brown women's ice hockey team (1-6-1, 1-5-1 ECAC Hockey) dropped a 2-0 decision to a ranked opponent, falling to #6/7 Harvard (4-0-0, 4-0-0 ECAC Hockey) at the Bright Hockey Center. As was the case Friday against #8/9 Dartmouth, the Bears held tough after giving up a first-period goal, with another score in the third period providing the final margin. Junior Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) tied her career high, making 45 saves in the loss.
With the teams playing back-and-forth hockey in the opening period, Harvard struck first. The Crimson's lethal power play, which had a 33 percent success rate in its first three games and provided eight of the team's nine goals, provided the game-winner at 8:37. Harvard junior Sarah Vaillancourt skated out from behind Stock's right side, passing it across the ice to senior Caitlin Cahow, who one-timed it over the sliding goalie's left leg.
The game remained scoreless for the rest of the first and entire second period. The Bears' best chance to get on the board came on a power play late in the second, as sophomore Nicole Brown (Swift Current, SASK) and senior Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) had near-goals thwarted by Harvard goalie Christina Kessler, who made 14 stops to pick up her second shutout in less than 24 hours.
In the third period, a pair of Brown penalties at 6:31 and 6:40 gave Harvard a one-minute, 49-second five-on-three, usually a recipe for disaster against the Crimson. However, the Brown penalty kill held tough, with the few good shots taken by the hosts stopped by Stock. But as fate would have it, the second Harvard goal came on a fluky play 10 seconds after the second Brown penalty ended, as Crimson sophomore Anna McDonald sent a shot that was destined to go wide off the back of Brown's Erica Kromm (Naramata, BC), who was defending a Harvard player near the net, and past the helpless Stock.
After this weekend's games were moved due to technical problems, the Bears are expected to return to Meehan Auditorium this Friday to take on Robert Morris at 2 p.m. The following day, they will travel across town to play Providence in the 13th-Annual Mayor's Cup game.
Brown 0 0 0 - 0
#6/7 Harvard 1 0 1 - 2
1st Period - H, Cahow (Vaillancourt), PP, 8:37. Penalties - B, 2-4; H, 2-4.
2nd Period - No scoring. Penalties - B, 1-2; H, 1-2.
3rd Period - H, McDonald (Chute), 8:50. Penalties - B, 2-4; H, 1-2.
B, Stock (60:00), 12-18-15 - 45; H, Kessler (60:00), 5-8-1 - 14.