PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the final game of the 2010-11 season, it was all about the senior class. Not only did the team celebrate Senior Day, but its four elder stateswomen all started for the first time this season. Fittingly, it was a senior that stole show. Joy Joung (Torrance, Calif.) drew her first start in net since the 2008-09 season, and stopped 38 shots to help Brown to a 3-3 tie against Quinnipiac.
The Brown Bears came out with all the motivation it needed, with the final game of the season, senior day and the desire to end its losing streak.
Sophomore Erica Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) put the Bears on top 11 minutes into the first period when she was able to slam one home while several players were pilled up in front of the Quinnipiac net, looking to corral a loose puck.
The story of the first period was the inspired play of Joung. The senior goalie, who had brain surgery over this past summer, worked tirelessly to be cleared to play collegiate hockey in her final season and there no better-fitting end than the performance she gave. Joung stopped 16 shots in the first period and forced head coach Digit Murphy to keep her in the game.
The Bears added it its lead at 3:57 into the second period, when sophomore Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) took the feed from classmate Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) and beat Bobcat goalie Victoria Vigilanti for a 2-0 Brown lead.
Quinnipiac was able to get one back just over a minute later, but Jolin quickly pushed it back to a two-score game when she stole a pass in transition and made a beautiful move, forcing Vigilanti to commit left, then dragging the puck around her, wrapping it in for Brown's third goal of the game, 9:24 into the second.
The Bobcats kept on the offensive attack however, and netted its second goal 6:23 left in the second to cut the deficit to one.
The Bear defense did a great job of keeping potential ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year Kelly Babstock from doing much with the puck, limiting the freshman to just two shots on goal.
Brown's defensive play kept up for most of the third period as well, but Quinnipiac first power play of the game led to a goal which tied the game at three.
The Bears had a few chances to retake the lead in the final moments of the third and in overtime, but both teams' defenses were able to stand up, leading to a point each for both teams.
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