January 7, 2007

Bears get first ECACHL Win, Beating Union, 5-2

Jan. 7, 2007

Box Score

Schenectady, NY - After opening the game slowly and allowing a goal, the Brown women's ice hockey team (3-11-2, 1-9-1) unleashed a barrage of shots on their hosts, defeating Union (4-14-0, 0-10-0), 5-2, for its first ECACHL win. The Bears had a 55-20 advantage on shots, giving them a season high by 23 shots.

For the second straight day, the Bears fell behind early. With a crowd in front of the net, Union's Molly Garrett took a shot from the point. The initial shot was blocked, but Kelly Lannan came up with the puck from the crowd and slipped it into the bottom left corner of the net.

The Union goal would prove to wake up the Brown offense. At one point in the first, the teams had each taken seven shots, but the Bears would out-shoot their hosts 18-0 for the rest of the frame, scoring twice. Junior assistant captain Rylee Olewinski (Burr Ridge, IL) scored her second goal off a rebound in as many games, as she cashed in off of a Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN) shot. Freshman Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) gave the Bears a 2-1 lead with her second goal of the year just 1:03 after Olewinski's goal, skating the puck into the zone and putting a bouncing shot on net that trickled past the Union goaltender.

Both teams came out of the first intermission looking to score, and Union struck first. The Dutchwomen's Suzy Pocock tied the game at 2-2 just 1:49 after the break, scoring at an odd angle after the puck caromed in off of goaltender O'Hara Shipe (Anchorage, AK). The Bears were able to answer right back, scoring twice in the next minute. Captain Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) scored first, skating right up to the net from behind the goaltender's right shoulder and lifting a wrist shot neatly inside the left post. Brown's lead doubled just 20 seconds later, as Moos skated into the Union zone and sniped the top right corner with a wrist shot. Moore's goal was her team-leading 10th, while Moos' was her second.

The Bears tacked one more on in the third period, as Olewinski scored her second of the day. Junior Heather Lane (London, ON) found the assistant captain in the slot for a one-timer, good for Olewinski's third goal of the weekend and sixth of the season, and was the final score in the contest. It was also Olewinski's first multi-goal game of her career.

Shipe finished with 18 saves to pick up her first win of the year. The win marked the second time this season the Bears out-shot their opponent. The five goals are also a season high.

The Bears return home next weekend to play Clarkson Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 7/6 St. Lawrence Saturday at 4 p.m.

BROWN 2 2 1 - 5
UNION 1 1 0 - 2

First period - U - Kelly Lannan (Meghan O'Connor, Molly Garrett), 5:13; B - Rylee Olewinski (Kathryn Moos, Sasha Van Muyen), 14:49; B - Amanda Asay (Erin Connors), 15:52. Penalties - B, 2-4; U, 3-6.

Second period - U - Suzy Pocock (Jackie Koetteritz, Kaitlyn Aitcheson), 1:49; B - Hayley Moore (Andrea Hunter), 2:25; B - Kathryn Moos (Sasha Van Muyen), 2:45. Penalties - B, 2-4; U, 3-6.

Third period - B - Rylee Olewinski (Heather Lane, Krystal Strassman), 11:47. Penalties - B, 1-2; U, 3-6.

Saves - B, O'Hara Shipe, 6-8-4 - 18 (59:42); U, Amanda Hanson, 23-14-13 - 50 (59:47).