Women’s Hockey Edged by RPI, 4-3

Women’s Hockey Edged by RPI, 4-3

TROY, N.Y. - The Brown women's hockey team came back to tie the game twice, but it was RPI who would score the last goal to pick up a 4-3 win at Houston Field House on Friday night. With the loss, Brown moves to 3-13-0 (1-8-0 ECAC) overall while RPI goes to 6-14-1 (3-6-0 ECAC) on the season.

RPI held a 2-1 lead after two periods until junior Katie Swanstrom (Ham Lake, Minn.) tied the game 2-2 in the third. The Engineers added a power-play tally to take a 3-2 lead before twin sister Samantha Swanstrom (Ham Lake, Minn.) knotted the contest at 3-3. RPI's game winner came at 16:26. With Brown's goalie pulled at 18:46, the Bears were unable to tie the contest for a third time bringing the game to its 4-3 close.

The Bears struck first in the opening period at 8:33 with a score from sophomore Jenna Hewitt-Kenda (North Vancouver, British Columbia), her first-career goal, to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Cynthia Kyin (Stokie, Ill.) battled a defender in the neutral zone and left the puck for Hewitt-Kenda who rushed to the net for a one-on-one with RPI's goalie. K. Swanstrom also tallied an assist on the play, the first of her career, gathering the puck in the defensive end.

RPI held the shot lead for the first period at 18-8, but Brown took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission with Hewitt-Kenda's tally. The Bears were 2-for-2 on the penalty kill in the stanza while senior Monica Elvin (Oakland, Calif.) made 18 saves.

The second period remained scoreless until 18:55 when the Engineers tied the contest 1-1 with a score from Marisa Raspa. Soon after, Makenna Thomas gave RPI a 2-1 advantage on a breakaway at 19:48.

Brown again went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill in the second, while RPI fought off its three infractions. The defenses controlled the frame as shots were 9-6 in favor of the Engineers.

The Bears knotted the game up at 2-2 at 3:47 of the third with K. Swanstrom's first goal of the season. Swanstrom's initial shot was blocked by a defender but she stuck with the play and collected the rebound in the slot and proceeded to five-hole the RPI netminder. Freshmen Sena Hanson (New Brighton, Minn.) and Lucinda Quigley (Newon, Mass.) recorded the assists.

RPI regained a lead at 7:13 with a power-play goal by Thomas, her second goal of the game.

S. Swanstrom tied the game for the Bears (3-3) with a power-play score at 12:16. With the puck bouncing around, Swanstrom took it out of midair for her third tally of the season. Hanson and sophomore Leah Olson (East Harwich, Mass.) were credited with the helpers.

The Engineers again answered and claimed a 4-3 lead with a goal from Whitney Renn at 16:26. Elvin was pulled at 18:46 in favor of a sixth skater but the Bears were unable to tie the game in regulation.

With two assists on the night, Hanson has recorded points in four straight games (1-5-6). Elvin concluded the game with 38 saves, her seventh 30+ performance of the season, while Lovisa Selander made 16 stops for the Engineers.

RPI held a 42-19 shot advantage on the night. Both teams were 1-for-5 in power-play opportunities.

The Bears will face Union (3-18-0, 0-9-0 ECAC) tomorrow, Jan. 7, for a 3:00 p.m. game at Messa Rink. 

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