January 7, 2012

Pierri's Third Period Goal Gives Brown 1-1 Overtime Tie at UConn

Storrs, Conn. – Brown extended its unbeaten streak to three games on Saturday at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, skating to a 1-1 overtime tie with UConn. Brown trailed in the game for all but 12:13, as the Huskies scored just two minutes into the contest. The Bears were able to find the equalizer late however, as senior Jacquie Pierri (Montclair, N.J.) came up with the clutch score.

Bruno (5-5-6, 2-4-3 ECAC Hockey) outshot the Huskies 38-26 in the game, but a tough UConn (3-13-5, 2-5-2 Hockey East) defense made it a close highly-contested affair.

Sophomore netminder Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) was able to overcome the early goal and was stellar from then on out, making 25 saves on the day.

Pierri's first goal of the season could not have come at a better time as her game-tying goal brought the Bears a well-deserved point in the standings.

The Bears got behind early, as freshman Kayla Campero scored on the Huskies first shot of the game, just 2:06 into the contest.

Brown got an opportunity at 9:22 in the first when a tripping penalty on the Huskies put Bruno on the power play.  The Bears could not convert however, as UConn's penalty kill unit stood up.

An interference call on Brown at 12:40 set up Connecticut, but the advantage would only last 43 seconds as a high-sticking call made it four-on-four hockey. Despite open ice and then a power play, the Bears shots could not find the back of the net.

Even though Brown held a 13-10 shot advantage and four power plays in the first period the Bears could not score as the Husky penalty kill unit, which came in with a 87.2 percentage, held up on each occasion. 

The UConn penalties kept coming early in the second period as a hooking call at 1:48 put the Brown back on the power play, but again the Husky PK unit passed the test, keeping the Bears off the board.

Brown dominated much of the second, out-shooting the Huskies 10-0 through the first 13 and a half minutes and 15-2 overall in the frame, but could still not find a way to get one past Paniccia.

UConn came out attacking offensively in the third period, and got an early power play on a tripping call at 2:43, but the Bears were able to work off the infraction, getting back to full strength to try and find the equalizer.

At 10:07 in the third the Bears found it. With a pile-up in the in front on the net, Brown squeezed off thee-consecutive shots, with the final rebound coming back to Pierri who batted the puck in mid-air with her stick past Paniccia for the 1-1 tie. Junior Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) sophomore Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario) and freshman Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.) were there for the assists.

Neither team could find the go-ahead goal at the end of regulation and despite Brown out-shooting UConn 4-1 in the overtime period, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. 

The Bears will be back in action next weekend in their return to Meehan Auditorium, their first home game since December 3. Brown will play two pivotal ECAC Hockey matchups, taking on St. Lawrence at 7 p.m., on Friday, January 13, before facing Clarkson on Satruday, January 14 at 4 p.m.