CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – The Brown women's ice hockey team (6-18-1, 5-15-0 ECAC) fell to the #5 Harvard Crimson (20-4-2, 16-2-1 ECAC) tonight, 5-2, in an Ivy League and ECAC match-up at the Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Senior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) made a season-high 47 saves between the pipes to keep the Bears in the game, but it wasn't enough to stop the Crimson's lethal offense.
"We worked hard," said head coach Amy Bourbeau. "However, we were not as disciplined as we were this past weekend and we took way too many penalties. Harvard is very good, and they make you pay the price when you make mistakes. Jamieson made some incredible saves over the course of the night, and we scored two really nice goals, setting us up for some great games this coming weekend."
Harvard out-shot Brown 22-6 in the first period, peppering Jamieson with shots and finally getting one through 8:10 into the stanza. With play firmly stationed around the Bears' net, the Crimson offense exchanged passes and set up Hillary Crowe, who was waiting low in the slot, to fire off a wrist shot in net. As Jamieson batted the shot away, it bounced up off of her glove, hitting the crossbar and just barely falling into the goal. Dylanne Crugnale and Samantha Reber were credited with assists on the goal, as Harvard took a 1-0 lead over Brown.
Not to be outdone, the Bears knotted the score at one just over a minute later, as junior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) tallied her fifth goal of the season. As the squad skated into its offensive zone, sophomore Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) centered a pass to Hoyle who was able to redirect it past Harvard's Emerance Maschmeyer. Senior co-captain and reigning ECAC Player of the Week Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) was also given an assist on the goal.
The score remained tied 1-1 as the clock wound down, but with less than five minutes to play, Harvard's Lyndsey Fry gave the Crimson a one-goal lead that would last through the second intermission. After Fry exchanged passes with Jillian Dempsey on a breakaway, she was able to fire a wrist shot past Jamieson, giving her team a 2-1 lead at the end of the first.
The second period was littered with penalties, as the teams combined for seven infractions over the course of 20 minutes, but only one of the resulting power plays turned into a goal, as the Crimson gave themselves a 3-1 cushion at 15:31 into the period.
With freshman Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario) already in the box for slashing, sophomore Lauren Vella (Staten Island, NY) took a tripping penalty, giving the Crimson a 5-on-3 advantage for 47 seconds. Harvard made the most of the edge, controlling the puck around Brown's net. Michele Picard sent a pass from the point down to the low slot, where Kaitlin Spurling one-timed a shot off of Jamieson. The puck bounced out to Mary Parker who was waiting at the backdoor to push it over the crease on the low corner, glove side, putting Harvard up 3-1 as the teams headed into the final 20 minutes of action.
The Crimson extended their lead just seven seconds into the third, as Fry broke away from the pack during the opening face-off, collected a pass and shot into the upper corner, glove side, to put Harvard ahead 4-1.
The potent offense of the home team continued to be tough to fight over the course of the third, taking 16 shots on Jamieson. The senior was impressive in net, while making several point-blank saves, but the Crimson were able to sneak one more by her with 9:52 left to play. Spurling intercepted the puck in the neutral zone, and then curved back around to the right to backhand a shot that evaded Jamieson, sliding in through the five hole.
As the clock wound down, co-captain Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal) took matters into her own hands, scoring Brown's second goal of the night. With just about a minute left to play, the senior battled for the puck at the boards behind the net, and, winning the fight, spun around a Crimson defenseman to shoot five hole. The goal, her sixth of the season, was assisted by sophomore Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, NY) and Masucci.
Harvard out-shot Brown, 52-15, in its 5-2 win to remain unbeaten on home ice. Neither team experienced much success on the power play, with Brown going 0-for-5 and Harvard going 1-for-7 on the night. Maschmeyer made 13 saves to earn the win, while Jamieson stopped 47 shots in the loss.
Brown will return to Providence for its final weekend of regular season ECAC competition, welcoming the Princeton Tigers to Meehan Auditorium at 7:00pm on February 22 before squaring off against the Quinnipiac Bobcats at 4:00pm on February 23. At the conclusion of Saturday afternoon's contest, the Bears will honor the five seniors in the Brown women's ice hockey class of 2013.
Brown: 6 – 4 – 5 - 15
Harvard: 22 – 14 – 16 - 52
First Period: H, Crowe (Crugnale, Reber), 8:10. B, Hoyle (Robson, Polenska), 9:26. H, Fry (Dempsey), 15:14. Penalties: B, 2-4.
Second Period: H, Parker (Spurling, Picard), PP, 15:31. Penalties: B, 4-8. H, 3-6.
Third Period: H, Fry (Dempsey), 0:07. H, Spurling (unassisted), 10:08. B, Jolin (Moorehead, Masucci), 18:57. Penalties: H, 2-4. B, 2-4.
Goalies: B, (Jamieson), 59:45, 20 – 13 – 14 – 47 . H, (Maschmeyer), 60:00, 5– 4 – 4 – 13.