Hoyle’s Goal with 3:15 to Play Gives Bears 1-0 Win Over RPI

Hoyle’s Goal with 3:15 to Play Gives Bears 1-0 Win Over RPI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On Saturday afternoon at Meehan auditorium, sophomore net minder Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) away 37 shots and rookie Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) scored with just over three minutes to play to give the Bears (2-3-1, 1-2-1) their first ECAC victory this season with a 1-0 win over RPI (4-7-2, 3-3-0).

It was a fast and furious first period as there was just two minutes of clock stoppage in the intial frame. Both teams pushed the pace to find scoring chances, but the defenses kept each other off the scoreboard. Brown's best chance came with just over four minutes left as freshman Samantha Woodward (Lexington, Mass.) tried to feed one down towards the net to find junior Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) for the one-timer. Landry was able to get a stick on it, but the attempt went just wide.

The Bears got a power play opportunity early tin the first but RPI's defense along with goaltender Sonja van der Bliek kept Brown from finding the net. Sophomore Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) had a great chance at the 10-minute mark, but Bliek made a great save to keep the score knotted at one.

Jamieson was as equally impressive in goal for the Bears in the second period, as the second-year goalie turned away 16 shots.

With under a minute left in the second, the Bears had another great opportunity as Jolin, Erica Kromm (Naramata, British Columbia) and Kelly Griffin (Apex, N.C.) pushed the puck deep into the Engineer zone. Each forward made a play on the puck as it trickled as close as three inches to the line, but van der Bliek was able to stand her ground and cover up the puck before any damage could be done.

With 13 minutes to go in the final regulation period, RPI looked to be in position to take the lead after a penalty put the Bears a player down on the ice. The Brown defense stood up however, Jamieson made four saves to preserve the tie.

Just 10 seconds after a power play opportunity for the Bears and under three minutes to play, Hoyle intercepted a pass in the RPI zone, made a nifty move to beat van der Bliek on the right side for the first goal of the game.