Late Surge Falls Just Short, Yale Edges Brown, 4-2
New Haven, Conn. – In a game that started off as near slug-fest with six penalties in the first period and 12 through the first two and a half, turned into a scoring barrage late in the game as Brown came back from being down 3-0, to close within one with just over five minutes left in the game. The Bulldogs were able to weather the Bears' late shooting gauntlet and tacked on an empty net goal with just three seconds left to take the a 4-2 win.
The first period at Ingalls Rink was filled with power play opportunities and defensive stands.
A cross-checking penalty at 5:19 set the Bulldogs up on the first power play of the game. The Brown penalty kill, which has played very well this season, was able to shutdown the Yale attack and keep the Bulldogs off the board.
Brown incurred another body checking penalty 2:20 later and then a tripping infraction less than a minute afterwards, which gave Yale a five-on-three advantage. The Bear defense stood up and killed the initial penalty and then was able to clear the puck seconds later to erase the extra skater for Yale.
At 10:51 into the first period, Brown got a power play of its own but this time it was the Yale defense that was able to come through as they erased the Bears' advantage.
The fifth penalty of the first period also went Brown's way. Yale was able to kill it, but as soon as it was even strength, the Bulldogs made it six infractions in the first with a boarding call with 2:25 to play.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the initial frame, while Brown out-shot Yale, 12-6.
Brown began the second period with 35 seconds remaining on its power play and started four forwards in hopes of taking the lead, but again the Yale penalty kill stood up.
Unsurprisingly, less than a minute later another Bulldog was in the box as Brown went back on the attack. The Bears moved the puck around the zone nicely, but Snikeris, who shutout Brown just 14 days earlier, continued to stone the Bears.
With 14:27 remaining in the second, Yale thought it had finally broke through. With the Bulldog attack deep in the Brown zone, the puck found its way to inches of goal line. It seemed to just sit there for seconds before Ashley Dunbar fell towards the puck and knocked it in. On ice it was ruled a no-goal and after official review, it was ruled that it was pushed in by her glove.
As to add insult-to-injury, seconds later Yale picked up another penalty to put Brown in the driver's seat with a player advantage. Even though it was the fifth time the Bulldog penalty kill had been on the ice, it continued it productive play, keeping Brown off the board.
The scoreless time came to end with 10:54 to go in the second when Yale's Jenna Ciotti took control of the puck just past the circle and blasted one on net for her ninth goal of the season.
Three minutes later, the Bears nearly knotted it up as junior Vika Mykolenko (Kharkiv, Ukraine) put a strike on net but the shot went just wide.
With 14:01 remaining the first power play goal of the game was scored. On a three-on-two break, it was Aleca Hughes who took the feed and put it in for a 2-0 Yale lead.
Just 25 seconds later, the Bulldogs notched their third goal of the game as Jackie Raines netted her ninth goal of the season.
With 6:46 remaining in the game it was sophomore Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) who took the feed from Erica Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) and Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic), and finally found a way to get one past Snikeris. Jolin's ninth goal of the season brought the Bears back within one.
Feeding off its newfound energy, sophomore Kelly Griffin (Apex, N.C.) and Jolin combined to find Polenska in transition just over a minute later. Polenska went five-hole after the setup and cut the Yale lead to just one.
At 16:35 in the third, Brown went on the power play with renewed offensive energy and put a barrage of shots on net but could not find a way to get one past Snikeris.
The Bears continued to pepper the Yale goalie with shots after the power play, but Snikeris stood tall, even with the goalie being pulled with 27 seconds left.
Yale was able to tack on an empty net goal with three seconds left to push the score to 4-2.
The Bears return to Meehan Auditorium to close out the 2010-11 season this weekend. On Friday, Brown will hold its annual Pink at the Rink game, raising awareness for cancer in a 7 p.m. contest against Princeton. On Saturday, the Bears will honor its four elder stateswomen on Senior Day versus Quinnipiac at 4 p.m.
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Pictured Above: sophomore forward Laurie Jolin : photo courtesy of Dave Silverman