PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's ice hockey team (6-20-1, 5-17-0 ECAC) fell to the Quinnipiac Bobcats (19-10-4, 13-6-3 ECAC) this afternoon in its final game of the 2012-2013 season. With the loss, the Bears finish their campaign with a 6-20-1 record, including 5-17-0 in the ECAC.
The teams played an equally matched game during the first period, exchanging chances on net for the first 14 minutes. However, with 6:24 left to play, freshman Kelly Micholson (Elk Grove Village, IL) was whistled for holding, sending her to the box and giving the visitors an advantage that they would quickly capitalize on.
With play centered firmly around Brown's goal, the puck popped out to the middle where Regan Boulton, who was skating into the zone, collected it. The senior slid the puck over to the top of the circle where Erica Uden Johansson was waiting to take a one-time slap shot that evaded senior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario), landing in the top corner on the glove side. Kelly Babstock was also credited with an assist on the power play goal, as the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead over the Bears.
Quinnipiac took a tripping penalty with just 24 seconds to play in the first, allowing Brown to start the second stanza on the power play. The Bobcats denied the advantage, but the Bears were still able to exert offensive pressure at full strength, leading to several near misses on Quinnipiac's goal, tended by senior Victoria Vigilanti.
As the teams approached the halfway mark of the period, the visitors put another puck in the back of the net, seeming to take a 2-0 lead over the home team. As the teams skated in on a two-on-two, a Bobcat skater fell, sending a hand pass over to her teammate who was crashing the backdoor. She put a shot away, but after review the goal was waved off, keeping Quinnipiac to a 1-0 lead.
The sigh of relief from the Brown bench was brief however, as Quinnipiac scored just minutes later. Morgan Fritz-Ward took a shot from the top circle that was deflected off of a Bear and right to the slot where Breanna Frykas was stationed to put it away. Cydney Roesler also assed on the goal that put the Bobcats up 2-0.
The tide shifted drastically at that point, putting the Bears on defense for the duration of the period as they were out shot, 19-6, by the Bobcats. SophomoreKaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) took a cross-checking penalty with 2:43 left to play and, while Brown killed the penalty, Quinnipiac junior Shelby Wignall walked into the high slot and took a low shot that made it through the screen and into the back of the net just three seconds later, giving the Bobcats a 3-0 lead going into the second intermission.
The visitors continued to pressure Jamieson throughout the third, but she stood tall in net, making 11 saves in her final period as a Bear. Quinnipiac snuck one more by however, increasing its lead to 4-0 with 14:16 left to play. Uden Johansson sent a pass from the boards the landed right on the stick of Nicole Connery, coming off the bench. She sent a wrist shot to the high blocker side, finalizing the score at 4-0. Kristen Tamberg also assisted on the goal.
Jamieson finished the game with an impressive 37 saves while Vigilanti made 24 stops to earn the shut out. Quinnipiac was 1-for-3 on the power play, while Brown was 0-for-2, and the Bobcats out shot the Bears 41-24.
At the conclusion of the contest, Brown's last of the season, the team honored the Brown women's ice hockey team honored its class of 2013: Alexandra Piersiak (Needham, MA), Victoria Smith (Montreal, Quebec), Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario), co-captain Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic) and Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Montreal).
Brown: 5 – 6 – 13 - 24
Quinnipiac: 10 – 19 – 12 - 41
First Period: Q, Uden Johansson (Boulton, Babstock), PP, 14:24. Penalties: B, 1-2. Q, 1-2.
Second Period: Q, Frykas (Fritz-Ward, Roesler), 7:59. Q, Wignall (Vieweg, Brown), 19:20. Penalties: B, 1-2.
Third Period: Q, Connery (Uden Johansson, Tamberg), 5:44. Penalties: Q, 1-2. B, 1-2.
Goalies: B, (Jamieson), 59:43, 9 – 17– 11 – 37 . R, (Vigilanti), 60:00, 5 – 6 – 13 – 24.