October 27, 2012

Brown Scores Early and Often to Triumph over Colgate, 4-1

HAMILTON, NY - The Brown women's ice hockey team (1-1-0, 1-1-0) capped off its first road weekend of the 2012-2013 season with a 4-1 win over the Colgate University Raiders (2-6-0, 0-2-0) at Starr Rink in Hamilton, NY. Four different players found the back of the net in the Bears' win, and freshmen Alli Rolandelli (Minnetonka, MN) and Lauren Zary (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) each earned their first career assist. Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) guarded the net closely in her first start, making 26 saves to ensure the team its first victory and ECAC triumph of the season. 

According to Head Coach Amy Bourbeau, beginning her second year behind the Brown bench, the offense entered today's contest ready to play. Their preparedness was evident when junior Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario) capitalized on a two-woman advantage 5:12 into the first period, scoring her first goal and power play goal of the season. After two consecutive Raider calls for checking, Welten recieved the puck and shot it past Colgate goaltender Susan Allen for the Bears' first goal of the season. Samantha Woodward (Lexington, MA) and Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) each earned an assist on the goal.

Brown continued to build on this momentum in the sixteenth minute of play when senior co-captain Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) scored a really nice top-shelf goal, unassisted, sending the Bears into the locker room with a 2-0 lead.

Scoring opened up less then two minutes into the second period with the third Brown goal of the night. Sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) netted her first of the season, prompting a goalie change for the Raiders.

Colgate put pressure on the Bears' special teams after a tripping call at just over four minutes into the period, as Taylor Craig scored an unassisted power play goal at 4:53 of the second. Brown fought back however, as Zary contributed her first career assist on freshman Ariana Rucker's (Oakton, VA) first career goal.

Play went back and forth for the last 30 minutes of action with each team creating multiple scoring opportunities, but failing to capitalize as Moore stayed strong in net to protect the Bears' victory. 

Colgate outshot Brown, 27-21, in the early afternoon match-up. Moore guarded the crease for 60 minutes and finished with 26 saves, while Allen and Ashlynne Rando split time in net for the Raiders, combining for 17 stops. 

Reflecting on the weekend spent in upstate New York, Coach Bourbeau could not be more pleased with her team. As she says, "In each game we played 60 minutes of strong hockey. We battled, we blocked shots and we never gave up." The momentum from a hard-fought battle against #2 Cornell on Friday afternoon propelled the Bears into Saturday's victory. As Bourbeau noted, "Strong goaltending by Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) helped keep us going against Cornell. I was very pleased that we never gave up a 5-on-5 goal. They are the number two ranked team in the nation and we defended very well." 

The Bears return to Providence next Friday, as they open up the home action with games against Harvard and Dartmouth. Both games will be played at Meehan Auditorium, with Friday's contest against the Crimson beginning at 7:00 and the puck dropping against Dartmouth at 4:00 on Saturday. The afternoon match also marks the draft of nine-year old Angelica Negron onto the Brown women's ice hockey team. Negron, a member of TEAM Impact, will be welcomed to her new team throughout the day on Saturday.

Colgate: 0 - 1 - 0 - x - 1

Brown:  2 - 2 - 0 - x - 4

First period - B, Welten (Woodward, Vella), 5x3, 5:15. B, Polenska (unassisted), 16:04. Penalties: B, 3-6. C, 3-6.

Second period - B, Robson (unassisted), 1:59. C, Craig (unassisted), PP, 4:53. B, Rucker (Zary), 10:14. Penalties: B, 2-4.

Third period - Penalties: B, 2-4. C, 1-2.

Saves: B, Moore (60:00), 12- 5 - 9 - x - 26. C, Allen (24:53), 3 - 1- x - x - 4. C, Rando (31:47), x - 6 - 7 - x - 13.