January 9, 2009

Bears Fall Just Short in 5-3 Loss

Jan. 9, 2009

Box Score

Providence, R.I. - The Brown women's hockey team again looked strong in their second game of the new year, but couldn't find the extra offense to topple Harvard, falling 5-3. Freshman Vika Mykolenko (Kharkiv, Ukraine) scored the first goal of her career in the second period, the first of the game for Brown, and two other players tallied scores as well. With the loss, the Bears drop to 3-11-1 overall and 2-6 in ECAC Hockey, while the Crimson improve to 7-7-3 overall and 7-3-2 in league play.

The first period was a tough one for the Bears, as Harvard ran out to an early 2-0 lead that would ultimately prove to be insurmountable. After going scoreless for the first half of the period, the Crimson were able to knock in the first goal of the game at the 12:29 mark. Only a few minutes later, following two penalties on Brown that gave Harvard a two-man advantage, the Crimson scored again on the power play, giving them a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Coming out of the locker rooms the Bears struck quickly to cut the lead in half, as Mykolenko scored on a wrap-around from behind the net, injecting life into the Brown offense. However, Harvard's Sarah Vaillancourt scored the first of her three goals later in the period, increasing the margin to 3-1 and appearing to seal the game for the Crimson.

As the third period began, the Bears needed to score to stay in the game, and the team answered emphatically, as sophomore Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, Ill.) knocked in her second goal of the season just over two minutes into the period, cutting the deficit to a single goal. Junior Nicole Brown (Swift Current, Sask.) fired in a third Brown goal only minutes later, completing the comeback for a 3-3 tie and infusing the crowd with excitement.

Unfortunately, a quick penalty gave Harvard a man advantage, and a mere 54 seconds after the Bears pulled even Vaillancourt scored again, regaining the lead for the Crimson. The score remained at 4-3 for much of the remainder of the period, as neither team was able to get a good look on goal despite playing at a frenetic pace. However, with less than a minute left in the game, Vaillancourt finished off the scoring with another power play goal, providing Harvard with a 5-3 win.

The Bears will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they face off against league-leader Dartmouth at 4 p.m. in Meehan Auditorium.