PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore goalie Monica Elvin made a career-high 47 saves, and senior Janice Yang scored the game-winning goal 48 seconds into overtime as Brown University women's ice hockey beat Yale University, 3-2, on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium.
"Monica gave us the will and the energy to get over the hump," Brown head coach Amy Bourbeau said. "It was incredible to see her backline the team like that and to have the team respond in such a fashion to get the win."
Elvin (Oakland, Calif.) stopped 20 shots in the first period and 18 in the second stanza to propel the Bears (5-15-0, 2-11-0 ECAC) past the visiting Bulldogs (8-11-1, 5-8-0 ECAC). She stood tall 1:46 into the second period, stopping a Yale penalty shot to keep the game scoreless.
"It was an exciting game – just fun all around," Elvin said. "It definitely started off a little tough in our end, but I think that we fought back the whole game. It was just a fun game to be in."
Yang (Westport, Conn.) tallied the decisive goal less than a minute into the extra session as sophomore Catherine LeBoeuf (Dieppe, New Brunswick) sent a shot from the right point on goal. On the ensuing rebound freshman Samantha Swanstrom (Ham Lake, Minn.) kept the play alive, and Yang buried the loose puck in front of the goal.
"The nice thing about this group is they're incredible. They don't quit," Bourbeau said. "We always come back. As the game wore on we played stronger and stronger which is something that is characteristic of this group."
In regulation, sophomore Maddie Woo (Plymouth, Minn.) netted the game-tying goal just over seven minutes into the third period as the Bears cashed in on a 5-on-3 situation. Senior Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) worked the puck from the goal line to classmate Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.) who slid the puck to Woo who sent a one-time shot into the back of the net.
Freshman Sam Donovan (New Brighton, Minn.) recorded the game's first goal, stealing the puck in the Bears' offensive zone and placing a shot on frame. After an initial stop, Donovan stuck with the play and crammed the puck into the goal 5:35 into the second period.
Yale scored two goals later in the second period to bring a 2-1 edge into the second intermission. Jackie Raines scored the team's first goal at the 11:27 mark before Gretchen Tarrant netted a marker less than two minutes later.
Bulldog goaltender Jamie Leonoff made 23 saves in the loss.
For the Bears, Yang registered her third goal of the season, Woo charted her fifth, and Donovan logged her eighth of the year. Elvin turned aside 30 or more shots for the fourth time in her last five games.
"I'm just glad no one looks at our team's goalie when we score because I probably go a little overboard," Elvin said. "I was already at the red line ready to celebrate with our team after Janice scored."
The two teams play again tomorrow at 4 p.m. – this time at Yale's Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. After tomorrow's game at Yale, the Bears remain on the road at St. Lawrence (Jan. 30, 7 p.m.) and at Clarkson (Jan. 31, 3 p.m.).