NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) deflected in the game-tying goal with 2:44 left in regulation to push the Brown women's hockey team (2-13-5, 1-9-3 ECAC) to a 2-2 tie against Ivy League rival Yale (6-10-4, 4-5-4 ECAC) in ECAC Hockey action at Ingalls Rink on Friday evening.
Junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) added an assist on Hoyle's goal to hold tight to the team lead with 12 points, while classmate Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) registered her fourth point in five games with a helper. Freshman Catherine LeBoeuf (Dieppe, New Brunswick) tallied her second goal of the season on a second period power play, snapping Brown's streak of six games and 23 straight man-up opportunities without a power play goal.
Senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) made 31 saves for Brown, while Yale goalie and defending ECAC Goaltender of the Week Jaimie Leonoff stopped 29 shots.
The Bulldogs entered the game as one of the league's hottest squads, riding the coattails of a dramatic 2-0 upset over No. 5 Harvard on Jan. 11 before earning back-to-back ties against No. 6 Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Brown has gone unbeaten in three of its last four outings and has skated to the most ties in a season since drawing seven times in 2011-12.
The reigning ECAC Rookie of the Week Phoebe Staenz put Yale on the board first, stealing a puck just inside the blue line and cutting through the middle. The freshman closed off her front shoulder and snapped a wrist shot top shelf to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead at 7:46 in the first period.
It would be over a full period before LeBoeuf evened the score for Brown, ripping a power play one-timer from the right side off junior Lauren Vella's (Staten Island, N.Y.) pass from the point. Drifting from left to right, LeBoeuf had Leonoff shifting to her glove side, but the puck sailed just clear of her right pad into the corner of the net.
Neither side would relent until Jamie Haddad crashed in for Yale's go-ahead goal at 9:08 in the third period. Hanna Astrom carved behind the net and snuck a pass around front just in time for Haddad to flip the puck past Moore's stick side.
LeBoeuf nearly struck on the power play again, pushing a backhanded shot that Leonoff blocked, bobbled and covered just before Keon swooped in with 4:06 left in the third.
Time would not escape the Bears, however, and Robson orchestrated a charge that led to the game-tying goal with 2:43 left in regulation. The junior forward sped down the left wing and fed a no-look pass to Keon, whose shot from the face off circle ricocheted off Hoyle and into the net.
With the clock winding down, Krista Yip-Chuck mounted one last chance for the Bulldogs in the third on a slick crossover move from right to left. Sophomore Hunter Davis (Clifton Park, N.Y.) dove headlong to break up the play just before the crease, causing Yip-Chuck's falling shot to lose enough steam for Moore to make the stick save.
Brown saw two good chances in overtime, starting with a 2-on-1 breakaway led by junior Janice Yang (Westport, Conn.) 30 seconds into the frame. Cruising on one skate, Yang scooped a wrist shot wide left and out of harm's way. In the final seconds of overtime, Hoyle and Robson rushed out on another breakaway. Hoyle hit Robson with a last-moment pass across the middle, but Robson's blazing slap shot sailed wide of the mark and the squads ended with the score knotted 2-2.
Brown and Yale will face off in a rematch tomorrow at Meehan Auditorium at 4 p.m. The Bears will celebrate 50 years of Brown women's hockey with over 70 alumnae planning to attend. Former players will be honored during intermission and a banquet with special guests and speakers will be held at the Nelson Fitness Center at 6 p.m.