New Haven, Conn. – The Bears were back in action on Wednesday night at Ingalls rink after 27 days off, but showed no rust in a 4-1 victory over Ivy League and ECAC Hockey-rival Yale. Brown got two goals in the first period and that proved to be enough, but the Bears added two more to ensure the victory and push the squad back to .500 on the season. Freshman Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) tallied two goals in the game. Brown (5-5-5, 2-4-3 ECAC) now stands alone in eighth place in the ECAC. The win was the first for the Bears over Yale since 2007.
Nine different Bears tallied a point against the Bulldogs, as both Yang (two goals) and senior captain Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) each had two-point evenings. Junior goalie Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) was solid in net, yielding a single goal while making 25 saves.
It looked as though Yale (1-15-0, 0-8-0) had struck first with a goal just 3:45 into the period as the puck found the back of the cage for the Bulldogs, but after video review, it was determined that it was pushed into the net with a skate, negating the score.
The Bears would eventually take a 1-0 lead at 12:36 in the first on a fantastic individual effort by Yang. The rookie nearly went end-to-end, corralling a loose puck deep in the Brown zone, before putting a fantastic move on Yale's Jaimie Lenoff for her second goal of the season. Senior captains Landry and Paige Pyett (Milestone, Saskatchewan) were credited with the assists.
With just 35.6 seconds left in the first period, Brown extended its lead off of a rocket of a slapshot by rookie defender Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.). It was the freshman's second goal of the season and second in as many games. Landry picked up her second point of the game with sophomore Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) also in on the assist.
Brown increased effort on the defensive end, with a focus on blocking shots on the defensive ends paid dividends throughout the game, and helped keep the Bulldogs off the board in the first period.
After a hitting from behind penalty at 1:31 in the second frame, the Bears' power play unit made quick work of the opportunity as Yang netted her second goal of night just 30 seconds later. Junior Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Repbulic) set up Yang with an impressive shot from her knees, which was deflected left and set up the rookie winger in perfect position.
Yale was able to get on the board at 6:43 in the second, as Ashley Dunbar was able to force one into the net and cut the Brown advantage to two.
A boarding penalty with 1:36 left in the second stanza put the Bears back on the power play. Brown actually found the back of the net on a wicked slapshot by sophomore defender Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario), but the buzzer sounded before the puck passed the goal line.
The Bears incurred a holding call at 8:22 in the third, which opened the door for the Bulldogs to get back in game. However, the infraction seemed to awaken the Bears as Brown's special teams stood tall on the penalty.
Just over a minute later, Brown was on the rush with junior Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) leading the charge. The winger set it up perfectly, drawing in the goalie before dishing to an open Emilie Dolan (Montreal, Quebec) for the score, and a 4-1 Bruno lead.
Brown continues its two-game road swing to open 2012, when the Bears travel to take on UConn this Saturday, January 7, at 1 p.m.