PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After opening a stretch of five straight non-league games with a 1-1 tie with UConn last week, the Brown women's hockey team (1-6-2, 0-5-1 ECAC) is set to host the University of Vermont (6-7-2, 4-3-1 Hockey East) at Meehan Auditorium on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The stalemate against the Huskies snapped a five-game losing streak and Brown aims to get back in the win column in their second straight game against a Hockey East foe.
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LAST TIME OUT
Junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) broke a scoreless tie in the second period and senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) fought for 34 saves but a Huskies goal with 1:38 left in regulation forced Brown to a 1-1 tie against UConn in non-league action at Meehan Auditorium on Tuesday.
Brown edged UConn 11-9 in shots in the first period and saw the game's best opportunity at the time when senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) redirected a pass from sophomore Kelly Micholson (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) on the blocker side of UConn goalie Sarah Moses, but the keeper picked up one of her 26 saves to preserve the scoreless contest.
Robson put the hosts on top at 6:25 in the second period when she crashed the net from the right side and pounced on a diagonal feed from Hoyle, who streaked down the left wing on a breakaway. Freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.) got the play started with a pass to Hoyle to maintain the team lead in assists (5) and points (5). The Huskies nearly answered with 1:49 left in the period on a lifted shot by Rachel Farrel on a wide-open right side of the net, but Moore got a piece of it and the puck ricocheted harmlessly out of bounds.
The Huskies seized a great look at the net on a Kayla Campero breakaway straight down the middle of the ice at 12:22, but her stick-side bid was knocked away by a lunging Moore who preserved the 1-0 lead.
Campero cashed in another chance, however, and fired a shot on net that was saved, redirected by Emily Snodgrass and knocked in by Michaela Cava to knot the score at 1-1 with 1:38 remaining. The final seconds of regulation ticked away without any commotion and the two squads headed for overtime.
Junior Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.) locked her sights on scoring the game-winner with a breakaway down the right wing, but her defender committed to a diving forecheck and knocked the puck away to break up the two-on-one opportunity.
The shots turned up even at 2-2 in the final period, but neither team could strike for the victory and time expired with the score still tied 1-1.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
UVM took a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) into a Hockey East weekend against Northeastern and came out with a split. The Catamounts fell to the Huskies 2-1 on Friday evening, but senior captain Danielle Rancourt fired in two goals to lift UVM to a 3-2 victory on Saturday. Rancourt potted the game-winner 1:17 into the third period on one of Dayna Colang's two assists.
Junior Amanda Pelkey leads the Catamounts in goals (11) and points (20) while ranking ninth in the Hockey East in scoring with 1.12 points per game. Brittany Zuback owns the team lead and sits third in the league with 12 assists in 15 games.
Roxanne Douville has played two thirds of the minutes in net for the Catamounts and is 4-4-2 on the season. The senior netminder has posted a 2.40 goals against average and .911 save percentage in 600 minutes, while freshman Madison Litchfield is 2-3-0 in six appearances and four starts.
Tuesday marks the sixth meeting between Brown and UVM and the Bears are undefeated with five wins in the all-time series. Brown took an authoritative 9-0 victory in the first-ever showdown on Nov. 10, 2001, and prevailed 2-0 in the last meeting on Jan. 3, 2010.
The Bears head to the west side of town to take on Providence College in the 19th annual Mayor's Cup on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Schneider Arena. Brown retained possession of the Cup for the second straight season with a 2-2 tie against the Friars last year, but Brown looks to win the Cup outright in next week's Ocean State battle. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.