PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown University women's ice hockey team fell to the Rochester Institute of Technology tonight, 2-0, in their first non-conference match-up of the 2012-2013 season. Senior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) made 26 impressive saves in net for the Bears, but the Tigers out shot them, 28-18, putting constant pressure on the home team to snatch the first victory in the two game series.
Play began in Brown's favor, with the Bears taking the first shot on goal less than 30 seconds in, but the Tigers used speed and crafty stick-handling to reel the home team back in. A prime scoring opportunity for Brown was halted early in the period when freshman Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario) was hit from behind while trying to put a rebound into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Ali Binnington and the Tigers' penalty kill successfully protected their net for the next two minutes, before the visitors capitalized on a power play of their own to take an early, 1-0, lead over the Bears. Less than ten seconds after RIT returned to full strength, sophomore Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, NY) was called for roughing, forcing Brown to skate a player down. With the advantage, the Tigers created ample traffic around the net, keeping Jamieson and the Bears' defense on their toes. Less than a minute into the power play, a shot by Kourtney Kunichika bounced straight to the stick of Kristina Moss. She shot the rebound, forcing Jamieson out of the crease to make the save, and continued to keep pressure on Brown's goalie, knocking her onto her back to the left of the cage. Kim Schlattman grabbed the loose puck and swept behind the net to shoot from the right, scoring her sixth goal of the season and the ultimate game-winner. Assists were given to Kunichika and Moss.
The Bears regrouped and held their own, buoyed by Jamieson as well as aggressive play by sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario), keeping the Tigers to a one point lead through the next 45 minutes of play. RIT answered all of their attempts to even the score however, while continuing to create their own opportunities. With less than 10 minutes to play in the third, Danielle Read shot on a pass from Katie Hubert, beating Jamieson and scoring her first goal of the season to increase the Tigers' lead. Erin Zach also assisted on the goal.
Jamieson made 14 of her 26 saves in the first period of tonight's contest, while Binnington had 18 stops to earn the shutout and win for the Tigers. The outcome of the contest lifts RIT to 5-4-2 on the season, while dropping the Bears to 1-6-0.
"I am confident that we will start to do the little things right," said Head Coach Amy Bourbeau. "I know it is coming. We started the game off strong, but a few key mistakes got us off our game. The good news is that we have them again tomorrow afternoon. I know what we are capable of, and I know we can bounce back."
The Bears will conclude their two game series against the Tigers tomorrow afternoon with a 4:00pm face-off at Meehan Auditorium.
RIT: 15 - 7 - 6 - x - 28
Brown: 4 - 7 - 7 - x - 18
First period – R, Schlattman (Moss, Kunichika, K.), PP, 5:41. Penalties: B, 1-2. R, 1-2.
Second period – Penalties: R, 2-4.
Third period – R, Read (Hubert, Zach), 11:18. Penalities: B, 2-4. R, 1-2.
Saves: B, Jamieson (60:00), 14 - 7 - 5 - x - 26. R, Binnington (59:45), 4 - 7 - 7 - x - 18.
Three Stars: 1. Kim Schlattman (RIT) 2. Sarah Robson (Brown) 3. Danielle Read (RIT)