PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the first ECAC Hockey game of first-year head coach Amy Bourbeau's career, Brown came away with a point, battling with Colgate to a 1-1 tie. The Bears (1-0-1, 0-0-1 ECAC), were first to get on the board in the third period, but the Raiders (3-3-1, 0-1-1) were able to tie it late.
It was a hard-fought first period, with each team getting its chances. Colgate went on the advantage first after a roughing call on junior Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) at 7:31. The Brown penalty kill stood up however, holding firm for two minutes as second-year goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) made four saves during the kill and totaled 15 stops in the first period.
Brown incurred another penalty at 14:13 in the first, but once again it was Bruno's special teams that prevailed, working off the advantage even though the puck spent most of the two minutes in the Bear zone.
The Bears nearly took the lead late in the first period as sophomore Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) corralled the puck behind the net, sweeping around to the goalie's right and sneaking the puck into the five-hole. Colgate's Kimberly Sass was able to close on the puck in time however, keeping Brown off the board after one.
Brown picked up the offensive intensity during the second period, putting 12 shots on net, compared to Colgate's five, but neither defense would buckle in the second stanza.
Brown saw its first power play at 6:13 in the second period when a tripping call on the Raiders gave the Bears the advantage. Colgate's penalty kill unit prevailed, keeping the Bears from getting into their sets.
A holding penalty at 13:26 and a roughing call at 16:28 in the second gave Brown its second and third player-up advantage, but once again, the Raiders penalty kill was able to squelch the Bears offerings.
The scoreless tie was broke at 3:27 in the third. After a shot on goal by freshman Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.), which resulted in a awkward rebound and put the Colgate goalie out of position, rookie Shannon Flatley (Toronto, Ontario) was able to get a piece of it, before senior co-captain Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) cleaned it up for a 1-0 Brown lead.
Another penalty proved to be one to many for the Bears, as the Raiders were finally able to convert on the power play. Colgate's Miriam Drubel took the assist from Shannon Doyle to not the game up at one-all at the 12:17 mark.
Junior Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) looked to be on a breakaway with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, but the Colgate defender decided to knock her down as opposed to playing the puck, putting the Bears on the power play for nearly the rest of the period.
The Bears got a few good chances on the play, but Colgate's Sass was up to the challenge, stopping two shots and forcing overtime.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the extra period, as five minutes was not enough for either team to break the deadlock.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon when they take on No. 3 Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., at 3 p.m.