January 19, 2008

Stock Breaks Two Save Records, But Bears Fall to #7/6 Mercyhurst, 4-2

Jan. 19, 2008

Box Score

Erie, PA - Junior goaltender Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) broke Brown's 18-year old record for saves in a game on Saturday night, making 66, but the Brown women's hockey team (3-13-3) still fell to #7/6 Mercyhurst (17-5-2), 4-2. Mercyhurst All-American sophomore Meghan Agosta had all four Laker goals, including an empty-netter from the opposite end of the ice in the game's final minute, to give her team the win.

Stock was phenomenal from the game's outset, making 27 saves in the first period to break Brown's 23-year-old record for saves in a period of 26 set in March of 1985 by Mara Spaulder '86. Her 66 saves for the game broke the record of 59 set in December 1989 by Kirsten Rendell '90. It also beat her previous career high for saves in a game by 21.

Each team scored in the first, with the Bears jumping in front first. With Stock keeping the Lakers at bay in the Brown end, freshman Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA) gave her team a 1-0 lead on a power play at 6:45 on her first collegiate goal. Sophomore Andrea Hunter (Fulton, NY) took a shot from the left faceoff circle that was stopped by Mercyhurst goalie Laura Hosier, but the rebound went right to Suprey, who lifted the puck over Hosier's right shoulder for a 1-0 Brown lead.

The Lakers were able to tie the game at 10:01 on a fluky shot four seconds after the Bears killed a penalty, as Agosta took a shot that was headed far to the right of the net but kicked off of freshman Samantha Stortini's (Sudbury, ONT) skate and into the net before Stock could react.

Agosta gave the Lakers their first lead of the game at 12:22 in the second period, storming around the net and wrapping the puck just inside the right post. Mercyhurst held that 2-1 lead into the second intermission, but the Bears, spurred on by the continued dominance of Stock, got the equalizer 2:32 into the third. Junior Savannah Smith (Fort St. John, BC) started a breakout, passing to senior captain Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA), who carried the puck all the way into Mercyhurst's end. The Bears' scoring leader's initial shot was stopped, but Hunter followed the play, picking up the carom and beating Hosier for a momentum-changing goal.

But again, Agosta answered. This time, at 12:31, she sent a wrist shot from 15 feet in front of the net as much into the top, left corner of the goal as it could get. The score remained 3-2 as the game continued to get increasingly chippy, when the Bears pulled Stock while on a power play for a six-on-four advantage. Unfortunately, a Hosier save kicked over to Agosta, who sent a shot all the way from deep in her own end into the empty Brown goal, providing the final 4-2 margin.

Next weekend, the Bears return home for a pair of ECAC Hockey match-ups with Cornell and Colgate. Friday's contest will be especially important, as the Big Red are one of two teams ahead of Brown for the final ECAC Hockey playoff spot.

Brown 1 0 1 - 2
#7/6 Mercyhurst 1 1 4 - 4

1st Period - B, Suprey (Hunter, Small), PP, 6:45; M, Agosta (Chouinard, Schols), 10:01. Penalties - B, 4-8; M, 2-4.
2nd Period - N, Agosta (Scanzano), 12:22. Penalties - B, 5-10; M, 3-6.
3rd Period - B, Hunter (Moore, Smith), 2:32; M, Agosta (Chouinard), 12:31; M, Agosta (Hosier), EN, 19:19. Penalties - B, 1-2; M, 3-6.
Saves
B, Stock (58:54) 27*-22-17 - 66*; M, Hosier (59:46) 6-9-9 - 24.
* = New Brown records