Potsdam, N.Y. – On Saturday afternoon at Clarkson, the Bears found themselves trailing by three goals in the first period, but scored three unanswered goals of their own, one coming in the first and two in the third, before the Golden Knights retook the lead late in the final period and held on for a 5-3 win.
Sophomore forward Laurie Jolin (Montreal, Quebec) scored two power play goals in five minutes to tie the game at three-all, but Clarkson was able to score again with under six minutes remaing to retake the lead for good.
Sophomore Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) had a three-point day with a goal and two assists, but it came up just short against the Golden Knights.
Clarkson struck first just three minutes into the initial period as Gabrielle Kosziwka was able to control a lose puck in front of the Brown goal and drilled it home for the 1-0 Golden Knight lead. Brittany Styner and Kali Gillanders were credited with the assists.
The Bears were the first team to go on the power play as a interference call at 6:20 into the first gave Brown the player advantage. It was the Clarkson penalty kill that stood tall however, keeping Bruno off the board.
The Golden Knights added to their lead four minutes later when Melissa Waldie tallied her 11th goal of the season on the assists from Gillanders, Carly Mercer and Courtney Olson.
A power play for the Knights accounted for their third goal of the period when they were able to take advantage of the extra skater. It was Waldie on the attack again as she racked up her second goal of the game.
The Bears were able to close out the period on a high-note however. With just 1:35 remaining, Erica Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) and Kelly Griffin (Apex, N.C.) set up Polenska who turned into a slap shot, which beat Knight goalie Erica Howe and cut the Clarkson lead to two.
The second period started with Brown looking refreshed and eager to get on the attack. The Bears were able to get a few good scoring chances, but just missed on some close shots deep in the Clarkson zone.
The two teams battled through the second period as each defense stood tall, keeping the score at 3-1. Brown was able to squeeze off nine shots on goal while Clarkson had 10 of its own.
The Bears again began the period with energy on the offensive end went on a power play 1:25 into the third after a body checking call. Just overt a minute later, Brown made it a one-goal game when Jolin took the feed from Polenska and fired one on net for her seventh goal of the year.
Brown got another power play after a body checking call on the Knights with 15:11 to play, and the Polenska-to-Jolin combo paid dividends again. Rookie Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) found Polenska who was able to set up Jolin for the shot on net which ripped past the Clarkson goalie.
It was the power play that made the difference again at 5:53, when Clarkson, which held the player advantage after a hooking call, was able to get one into the Brown goal. Jamie Lee Rattray scored unassisted for her first goal of the game.
Just over two minutes later, Clarkson put distance between themselves and the Bears when Danielle Skirrow found the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season and a 5-3 Golden Knight lead.
The Bears are back in action at Meehan Auditorium next weekend when they host Harvard on Friday, January 28th at 7 p.m. and Dartmouth on Saturday, January 29th at 4 p.m.
Pictured: sophomore forward Laurie Jolin