December 5, 2006

Stock, Defense Big in Brown's 3-1 Win Over Terriers

Dec. 5, 2006

Box Score

Boston, MA - Thanks to a strong overall defensive performance and three points from freshman Andrea Hunter (Fulton, NY), the Brown women's ice hockey team (2-11-1, 0-9-0) picked up a 3-1 victory at Boston University (10-5-1, 3-5-1) Tuesday night. Sophomore goaltender Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) stopped 27 shots, while the Brown defense blocked another 19. The win gives the Bears some positive momentum heading into a 31-day break from games for exams and the holidays.

It took just 18 seconds for Brown to score the first goal of the game. Freshman Nicole Brown (Swift Current, SK) corralled a puck at the Bears' blue line and centered it for Hunter, who passed to Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) on the right wing. Moore carried the puck in and had her initial wrist shot saved, but the rebound came right back to the junior, who would not be stopped twice, scoring her team-leading eighth goal of the year. The assist was Brown's first point of her collegiate career, making her the eighth Bear freshman to get onto the scoresheet this season.

Stock helped to preserve the lead, stopping the Terriers on point-blank shots at least four times over the rest of the first, negating a 21-9 advantage for the Terriers in shots attempted and a 10-6 advantage in shots on net. That allowed the Bears to get out to a 2-0 lead on a power play at 16:13. Hunter and Brown again earned assists, as Brown put a shot on net that was tipped by sophomore Savannah Smith (Fort St. John, BC) past Terrier goaltender Allyse Wilcox for her second goal of the season.

The Terriers kept the pressure on in the second period, playing in Brown's zone for most of the 20 minutes. Stock and the Bears' defense were up to the task for most of the frame, even killing off a BU five-on-three advantage that lasted for 1:48, but the Terriers finally broke through at 17:53, as freshman Melissa Anderson put home a rebound.

After having played most of the second in their own end, the Bears came out firing in the third, regaining a two-goal lead 2:37 into the period. Senior captain Lauren Deeb (Menands, NY) fed the puck up the ice to Hunter, who carried the puck all the way from center ice in on Wilcox, then lifted a shot over the goaltender's shoulder. The point was Deeb's first of the season, while Hunter picked up her fourth goal, moving her to 4-6-10 numbers on the season.

For the game, BU had a 28-17 advantage in shots on goal and a 68-28 advantage in shots taken.

BROWN 2 0 1 - 3
BOSTON UNIVERSITY 0 1 0 - 1

First period - Brown - Hayley Moore (Andrea Hunter, Nicole Brown), 0:18; Brown (PP) - Savannah Smith (Nicole Brown, Andrea Hunter), 16:13. Penalties - Brown, 2-4; BU, 3-6.

Second period - BU - Melissa Anderson (Cara Hendry), 17:53. Penalties - Brown, 4-8; BU, 4-8.

Third period - Andrea Hunter (Lauren Deeb), 2:36. Penalties - Brown, 3-6; BU, 0-0.

Saves - Brown, Nicole Stock, 10-10-7 - 27 (60:00); BU, Allyse Wilcox, 4-7-3 - 14 (57:51).