PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – In spite of a third period surge, the Brown women's ice hockey team (4-13-1, 3-10-0 ECAC) dropped a 4-3 decision to the Colgate Raiders (7-14-3, 2-8-3 ECAC) in tonight's ECAC match-up at Meehan Auditorium.
The game got off to a slow start, with much of the first period action centered in the neutral zone. Neither team was able to generate any offensive momentum, as each side was exceptional on defense, forcing multiple turnovers and foiling any attempt at a shot. Colgate was the first to create a prime opportunity however, as Taylor Craig raced toward the Brown net on a breakaway, but an off-sides call halted the play and put the Bears back in control.
Late in the period, freshman Kelly Micholson (Elk Grove Village, IL) was called for holding, giving the Raiders the first power play of the night. The Bears' penalty kill was impressive over the course of two minutes, limiting Colgate's chances while creating offensive opportunities of its own. The score remained knotted at zero however, sending the teams to the locker room at the end of a scoreless first period.
A body-checking penalty on Ariana Rucker (Oakton, VA) put the Raiders on the power play again at the start of the second, and Colgate carried this momentum into even-strength play, scoring the first goal of the game just under five minutes into the period. Megan Wickens was able to get the puck out from around the Colgate net, sending it up the ice to Miriam Drubel who skated in on a two-on-one. Drubel slid the puck over to Melissa Kueber who took a wrist shot into the top corner on the blocker side for her fifth goal of the season, giving the Raiders the 1-0 lead.
Colgate held on to their lead for the remainder of the second, but Brown's defense increased their intensity of play with defensive force Jennifer Nedow (Brockville, Ontario) making impressive diving blocks and goalie Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) making a crucial glove save at the end of the period to keep the Bears in the game.
The third period saw an offensive explosion on both sides, as each team scored three goals in just over 13 minutes of play, with Brown notching the first tally to even the game at one. Micholson tied the game for the Bears with her second goal of the season, scored at 3:35. Amid traffic around the net, a passing sequence between Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) and Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) sent the puck up to Micholson at the point. The freshman took a hard shot that was deflected off of a Raider and into the net.
Freshman Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario) broke the tie just under six minutes later, skating in towards Colgate's Ashlynne Rando, dangling the defenseman and taking a wrist shot that found the back of the net in the low corner on the blocker side. The goal, her third of the season, gave Brown a 2-1 lead and was assisted by Rucker.
Colgate responded immediately however, scoring three goals in the next five minutes to secure a 4-2 lead over the home team. Jocelyn Simpson started play on the Raiders second goal, stripping the puck from Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) behind the net and walking it around to the crease. Simpson sent a pass over to Brittany Phillips and the senior slid it in the back door for her sixth goal of the season.
A penalty on Brown's Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) set the Raiders up to take the lead, as Drubel earned her second point of the night on the power play. Skating with the player advantage, Wickens sent the puck from the blue line over to Nicole Gass who was waiting at the sideboards. Gass sent the puck over to Drubel who shot a one-timer into the top corner on the glove side to give the Raiders a one-goal lead.
The Raiders built on their lead just a few minutes later as the Bears tried to re-group after Jamieson made an impressive save on a breakaway shot by Kueber. With Brown trying to get the puck out of their defensive zone, Gass stripped the puck and sent it over to Craig. The sophomore found Rachel Walsh in front of the net and the forward scored five-hole to notch her second goal of the season and the eventual game-winner.
When a Colgate penalty was called with just under three minutes left in the game, the Bears pulled Jamieson, allowing them to skate six on four, and scored quickly to pull themselves back within one. With Brown controlling play around the next, Polenska sent the puck up to Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) at the point, and the junior one-timed a slap shot to the top corner on the blocker side for her third goal of the season. Sophomore Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) also assisted on the goal.
In spite of an impressive third period performance and a late rally by the Bears, the Raiders were able to hold on for the victory, taking the 4-3 win over Brown. Jamieson made 23 saves in the loss, while Rando stopped 17 shots for the win. Defensively, Brown blocked 16 shots to Colgate's 10 and each penalty kill gave up one goal.
The Bears will welcome #4 Cornell to Meehan Auditorium tomorrow, as they look to gain league points in the 4:00pm match-up.
Brown: 7 - 8 - 5- x - 20
Colgate: 3 - 8- 16 - x - 27
First period – no scoring 4: Penalties: B, 1-2.
Second period – C, Kueber (Drubel, WIckens), 4:44. Penalties: B, 2-4. C, 2-4.
Third period – B, Micholson (Jolin, Robson), 3:35. B, Masucci (Rucker), 9:16. C, Phillips (Simpson), 10:23. C, Drubel (Gass, Wickens), PP, 12:32. C, Walsh (Craig, Gass). B, Hoyle (Polenska, Vella), PP, 17:27. Penalties: B, 1-2. C, 1-2.
Saves: B, Jamieson (59:46), 3 – 7 – 13– x - 23. C, Rando (60:00), 7 – 8 - 2– x – 17.