PROVIDENCE, RI – The Big Green (3-1-0, 3-1-0 ECAC) capitalized on a power play opportunity midway through the second period to score the only goal of the afternoon's contest, sneaking by the Bears (1-3-0, 1-3-0 ECAC) to claim the win in a very physical battle between the two teams.
"I felt pretty good about the game today," said Head Coach Amy Bourbeau. "Our kids battled so much harder. We had our speed back and we had our legs back. We still need to do the little things though. We need to shoot the puck and we need to have better first breakout passes, so there are things we know we can work on. It was a good weekend of hockey that taught us what we need to do to get better moving forward, but I am proud of their effort today. Coming down to the end, pulling the goalie, our team was all over it and we just missed putting that goal in at the end."
Brown's penalty kill saw plenty of action at the start of play, as the Bears were called for three different violations in the first fifteen minutes. Dartmouth was unable to capitalize on the man advantage however, as the teams went into the locker room tied at zero.
The Big Green out shot Brown, 10-7, in the opening period, but junior goaltender Aubree Moore (Bowie, MD) made several big saves to keep the game scoreless. Ten minutes into the afternoon's action, Dartmouth's Lindsey Allen found herself on a breakaway, which soon became a two-on-one when she was joined by teammate Jenna Hobeika. Allen kept the puck, shooting on Moore who deflected the shot with her leg pad.
After concurrent penalties led to the teams skating four-on-four for just under two minutes, the Bears came up with their best scoring opportunity of the period. Sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) came off the bench on a line change and right into the path of a Dartmouth pass. She intercepted the puck and raced unfettered towards the net, shooting wide right before the Big Green sent the puck back towards the Brown zone where it was covered by Moore.
Both teams came out of the locker room ready to battle, as play took a much more physical turn in the second. In spite of urgent defense and strong stops by Moore, Dartmouth finally capitalized on a power play opportunity to take the lead at 15:01 into the period. As Camille Dumais skated past the Brown bench towards Moore in goal she was halted by junior Kelly Kittredge (Mahwah, NJ), who was ultimately called for tripping. Just eight seconds into the penalty, Dumais found the back of the net, shooting on a rebound before Moore could get back to the post. Sasha Nanji was credited with the assist, sending Dartmouth into the last 20 minutes with a 1-0 lead.
Brown lifted its play to new levels of aggression in the third period, out shooting Dartmouth, 11-3, and creating multiple scoring opportunities on their two power plays, but it wasn't enough, as Katie Milligan stood tall in net to protect the win for the Big Green.
With 1:22 left in the period, Brown called a timeout, pulling Moore from her net as soon as play resumed. Even with the extra woman on the ice, the Bears had to work to keep the puck in Dartmouth's zone. With less than 20 seconds on the clock, co-captain Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) took a blazing shot from the point that was saved by Mulligan. Junior Vanessa Welten (Crysler, Ontario) snatched up the rebound and fired it towards the net from the slot, but it was blocked by Dartmouth's defense. As time wound down, Robson got her stick on the puck, shooting point blank at the goal where Milligan made an impressive stop to end the game.
"Today's game was a great turnaround from yesterday," shared junior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario). "We had a lot of chances at the end, and there was one that went in just after the buzzer so that was a little bit of a heartbreaker. We just played a better game as a team. We were communicating better and skating as a team."
Brown will head back to New York next weekend, taking their second road trip of the season to the Empire State for two ECAC contests. On Friday night they will take on the St. Lawrence Saints in Canton at 7:00pm, and on Saturday they will head to Potsdam to face the Clarkson Golden Knights at 4:00pm.
Dartmouth: 0 - 1 - 0 - x - 1
Brown: 0 - 0 – 0 - x - 0
First period – no scoring. Penalties: B, 3-6. D, 1-2.
Second period – D, Dumais (Nanji), PP, (15:01). Penalties: B, 1-2.
Third period - Penalties: D, 2-4.
Saves: B, Moore (58:47), 10 - 9 - 3 - x - 22. D, Milligan (60:00), 7 - 1- 11 - x - 19.
Three Stars: 1. Camille Dumais (Dartmouth). 2. Aubree Moore (Brown). 3. Emma Pearson (Brown).