Women’s Hockey Suffers Early Deficit in 4-1 Loss at RPI
TROY, N.Y. – Three first-period goals by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute faced the Brown women's hockey team with a deficit it could not overcome as the Engineers hit the Bears with a 4-1 setback in ECAC action at the Houston Field House on Saturday. Brown falls to 1-6-1 overall and 0-5-1 in ECAC play, while RPI climbs to 4-8-1 and 3-3-0 in the conference.
The Engineers took advantage of six Brown penalties and potted three man-up goals, two of which came in the first period. Junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) tallied her second goal of the season to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second, but RPI's Taylor Mahoney closed the period with her second power play marker of the contest to put the game out of reach.
Goals by Mahoney and Alexa Gruschow put the Engineers up 2-0 just over eight minutes into the first period and Jordan Smelker made it 3-0 in the 15th minute of action. Robson struck 2:47 into the next frame on assists from freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.) and junior Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.). A holding penalty sent the Brown player to the box at 14:26 in the period and Mahoney cashed in again to give RPI a 3-for-6 performance on power plays.
Senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) made 20 saves on the evening while Kelly O'Brien stopped 15 shots for the Engineers, who outshot Brown 24-16. The Bears held a narrow 22-21 advantage on faceoffs.
Brown returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when the Bears host UConn for a non-league tilt at 7 p.m.