Bears Tie Niagara, 4-4
Nov. 25, 2006
Providence, RI - Thanks to goals from four different players, the Brown women's ice hockey team (1-9-1) extended its unbeaten streak to two games, tying Niagara (4-6-3), 4-4, at Meehan Auditorium Saturday night. After coming back from being down 1-0, the Bears held 3-1 and 4-3 leads, but could not hold on for the win.
The Purple Eagles scored the lone goal of the first period, a power-play strike from freshman Mallory Yorkson. However, Brown scored three straight goals in the first half of the second period, staring with senior Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN) scoring her first goal of the season on a power play just 1:12 into the frame. Moos took a feed from junor Rylee Olewinski (Burr Ridge, IL), backhanding a shot past Niagara goaltender Allison Rutledge. Just over three and a half minutes later, Olewinski scored a goal of her own, deflecting a shot from junior co-captain Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) for another power-play tally. Moore ended the Brown run at 8:31, stealing an errant Niagara pass in the offensive zone and beating Rutledge on a one-on-one.
The second half of the game belonged to Niagara sophomore Ashley Riggs, who scored three goals to twice tie the game. She scored two goals before the end of the second, one on a quick breakout from the Purple Eagles' zone and one on a misplayed puck in Brown's end. Brown freshman Sasha Van Muyen (Orillia, ON) scored the first goal of the third period. Van Muyen tipped a Niagara pass in the Bears' zone, caught up to it past center ice, and caromed a wrist shot in off the left post to put Brown on top, 4-3. Riggs answered on a power play at 11:31, tying the game on a wrister that just slipped in under the crossbar.
Both goaltenders, sophomore Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Rutledge, stopped 25 shots. With the tie, the Bears are now unbeaten in two games after dropping their first nine.
After hosting seven of its last eight games, Brown will finish 2006 with three road games. First up is a trip to No. 5 St. Lawrence and Clarkson next weekend, then a year-ending trip to Boston University a week from Tuesday, on Dec. 5.