PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's ice hockey team took on one of top teams in the country on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium and despite a superb defensive effort from junior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario), the Bears fell to No. 3 Cornell, 5-0.
Jamieson faced a barrage of shots against the Big Red and made 44 saves, but the Brown offense could not get going against a team that boasts several Olympians.
Bruno played an impressive second period, tallying more shots than the Big Red in the stanza, but it was Cornell who was able to do damage on the scoreboard.
With both Brown and RPI falling on Friday night and Colgate picking up a 1-1 overtime tie at Yale, there is now a three-way for the final playoff spot in the ECAC. The Bears will take on Colgate, tomorrow at 4 p.m., at Meehan Auditorium.
The Bears came out aggressively against one of the No. 1 team in the ECAC and immediately benefited from its offensive pressure, picking up the first shot and first power play of the game, on a cross-check by the Big Red. Cornel was able to work off the penalty however and weather Brown's early flurry.
Jamieson was able to stop the first eight shot attempts by the Big Red, but the ninth found its way to the back of the net as a crowd in front of the net led to Erin Barley-Maloney poking it in for a 1-0 Cornell lead at 12:39 in the first period.
Cornell picked up their first power play of the game with 3:22 remaining if the first stanza on a Brown tripping call and with just 12 seconds left on the infraction, Laura Fortino was able to take advantage of a long Cornell possession which put Brown's defense out of position for a 2-0 Big Red lead.
The lead expanded to three just 28 seconds into the second as the shot by Rebecca Johnston went off of Jameson's glove and into the net for Johnston's 19th goal of the season.
Despite the early period goal, the Bears regrouped and actually out-shot Cornell 14-9 in the second, but the Big Red's sophomore netminder, Lauren Slebodnick, was able to keep Brown off the board.
Brown was led offensively by sophomore Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario), who tallied four shots on goal, including three in the second period.
After a slow second for the Big Red, they turned on the offensive pressure in the third, putting up 12 shots to Brown's one in the first 11 minutes of the third, before the 13th found its way past the goal line. Barley-Maloney was able to redirect the shot from Amanda Young for her second goal of the game and a 4-0 Cornell lead at 12:10 in the final regulation period.
The Big Red made it 5-0 just 1:34 later as Johnston tallied her second of the night as well.
Brown will celebrate Senior Day, tomorrow, Saturday, February 11, at 4 p.m., at Meehan Auditorum.