October 16, 2009

Toronto Hands Bears 5-4 Exhibition Loss

Providence, R.I. – The Brown women’s hockey team kicked off the 2009-10 season with an exhibition game against the Toronto Jr. Aeros on Friday night, dropping an explosive 5-4 game. Senior Sasha Van Muyen had two points on a goal and an assist, as the Bears battled throughout but fell late in a game which will not count towards the final record.

In the first period, the Aeros struck first, scoring an even strength goal on a quick shot from the right side. Toronto scored again with just over a minute remaining in the opening frame, taking a 2-0 lead into the locker room. Bruno came storming back in the second though, lighting the lamp only 84 seconds into the period. The two teams then exchanged goals for the remainder of the frame, ending the second with the Aeros holding on to a 4-3 advantage.

Both sides had opportunities in the third period, most notably a 5 on 3 chance for Toronto. Brown’s penalty kill unit turned in an impressive performance though, holding the Aeros off the board. However, Toronto’s power play came back later in the frame for an extra man goal to push the lead to 5-3, where it would remain until Brown senior Nicole Brown added a final tally to make the score 5-4.

The Bears will be back in action next Friday, when they open the regular season at home against Connecticut at 7:00 p.m.