Yale defended its home ice on Saturday afternoon in the first half of a home-and-home series with the Bears, taking a 3-0 victory despite 24 saves from rookie goalie Katie Jamieson. With the loss, Brown falls to 2-15-4 on the season, including 0-12-3 in league play, while Yale improves to 8-11-3 overall, and 6-8-1 against ECAC opponents.
The first period began inauspiciously for both sides, as the two goalies played an impressive opening 20 minutes, stopping all 20 shots taken. Brown outshot the hosts by a 12-8 margin in the frame, but was unable to find the back of net. In the second, however, the Bulldogs quickly jumped on the board, scoring a pair of goals in just 1:38 of game time, taking a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of the frame.
Brown wasted little time in regaining some momentum after the scoring flurry though, as senior Sasha Van Muyen came up just shy of scoring Bruno's first short handed goal of the season with 15 minutes remaining in the period. Van Muyen picked up a loose puck near her own blue line, and turned on the jets to create a breakaway opportunity, but saw her shot just saved by Yale keeper Jackee Snikeris.
The Bears had another chance later in the frame, as Van Muyen again had a breakaway, but saw Snikeris turn her aside. However, freshman Erica Farrer picked up the rebound, and after a brief scrum in front of net, appeared to have knocked the puck in to cut the lead to one. The play was turned over to video review though, and officials ruled that the whistle had blown before the puck crossed the line, waving off the goal and preserving Yale's 2-0 advantage.
In the third, the Bulldogs added a third tally midway through the frame, pushing their lead to 3-0 with 15 minutes to play. Though the Bears had several shots in the final minutes, they were unable to get past Snikeris, and the 3-0 margin held up through the final buzzer.
The Bears will be back in action again tomorrow afternoon, when they return home to host Yale at Meehan Auditorium at 2:00 p.m.