PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's ice hockey team (4-12-1, 3-9-0 ECAC) built an early lead and then held on through two scoreless periods to earn a 2-1 victory over ECAC and Ivy foe Yale (3-15-1, 2-9-1 ECAC) tonight at Meehan Auditorium. The win, the Bears' third league victory of the season, lifts the team into a tie for eighth-place with the Princeton Tigers and back into play-off contention. Senior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) was impressive in the win, withstanding a lot of pressure from the Yale offense and making 27 saves over the course of the night.
Action moved back and forth at the start of play, with both teams struggling to take shots on net for the first several minutes, but the momentum quickly shifted in Brown's favor, as they scored two goals just seconds apart to grab the early lead.
Slightly over five minutes into the period, sophomore Janice Yang (Westport, CT), skating in her second game after being sidelined by injury during the opening part of the season, tallied her first goal to put Brown up 1-0. Freshman Ali Rolandelli (Minnetonka, MN) had the helper on the goal, as she foiled a clear attempt by the Bulldogs, skating aggressively to keep the puck in the Bears' offensive zone. She sent the puck over to Yang, whose shot on the net passed through traffic and snuck into the goal on the lower blocker side to put Brown on the board.
Less than 20 seconds later, the Bears struck again, scoring a beautiful goal, their second of the night, and building a 2-0 lead over the Bulldogs. As Yale attempted to make a d-to-d pass, freshman Lauren Zary (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) intercepted the puck, skating in towards the net against two Bulldogs. Zary faked a shot on goal, and instead sent a pass over to classmate Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario) who one-touched the puck into the net for her second goal of the season, the eventual game-winner, and a 2-0 lead for the Bears.
As the period wound down, Jamieson made several impressive stops, including a glove save on a breakaway by Yale's Danielle Moncion, but Yale found a way to get one back, scoring their only goal of the evening at 17:35 to narrow Brown's lead to one. As the Bears tried to quell the visitors' increased offensive pressure, sophomore Stephanie Mock snuck behind the Brown defense and sent a pass over to junior Ashley Dunbar. The forward walked in all alone and fired off an impressive wrist shot that put the puck into the top corner of the net. The goal, her first of the season, narrowed the score to 2-1 as the teams headed to the locker room for the first intermission.
Brown opened the second period on the power play, but was unable to create any scoring opportunities as Yale elevated the speed of their play, both offensively and defensively. Brown began to find their stride as the period wore on however, and a Yale power play created a prime chance for the Bears. As sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) and senior co-captain Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal), playing on the penalty kill, skated down into the Bulldogs' defensive zone Robson sent a pass over to Jolin who took a wrist shot on the blocker side that landed right on the doorstep. As Robson skated in to put it away, Yale's Jaimie Leonoff covered the puck and denied the chance.
The elevated speed of play created an abundance of turnovers as the clock wound down, but Jamieson stood tall in net, stopping all seven of the shots that she faced to protect the team's lead going into the third period.
Yale dominated the last 20 minutes of action, forcing the Bears to defend aggressively and play craftily to earn the win. Three separate Brown penalties gave the Bulldogs multiple opportunities to tie the game, but the penalty kill remained perfect on the evening and Jamieson made nine saves in the frame to secure the win.
Jamieson made 27 total saves to earn her second win of the season, while Yale's Leonoff stopped 16 shots. The Bears were 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize on any of their five chances.
Brown will return to the ice next weekend, when they welcome Colgate and Cornell to Meehan Auditorium for two league contests. The Bears will take on the Raiders on Friday, January 25 at 7:00pm before facing off against the Big Red on Saturday, January 26 at 4:00pm.
Yale: 12 - 7 - 9 - x - 28
First period - B, Yang (Rolandelli), 5:37. B, Masucci (Zary), 5:55. Y, Dunbar (Mock, Gray), 17:35. Penalties: B, 1-2. Y, 2-4.
Second period - no scoring. Penalties: B, 1-2. Y, 2-4.
Third period - no scoring Penalties: B, 3-6
Saves: B, Jamieson (60:00), 11 - 7 - 9 - x - 28. Y, Leonoff (58:38), 5 - 8 - 3 - x - 16.
Three Stars: 1. Janice Yang 2. Katie Jamieson 3. Monica Masucci