Jan. 23, 2007
New Haven, CT - Facing a series of must-win games for the rest of the season, the Brown women's ice hockey team (7-13-2, 4-11-1 ECACHL) broke out for a season-high six goals for a 6-4 victory at Yale (11-9-1, 7-8-1). Freshman Sasha Van Muyen (Orillia, ON) and junior assistant captain Rylee Olewinski (Burr Ridge, IL) each had two goals and an assist, as the Bears moved up to ninth place and within four points of the final ECACHL playoff spot.
Both teams scored on their first power play, making the score 1-1 before five minutes had elapsed. The Bears struck first, just 1:40 in. Freshman Erin Connors (Newburyport, MA), the current ECACHL Rookie of the Week, skated out from behind the net to the Yale goaltender's left and slid the puck to junior co-captain Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA), who was waiting in the slot. With Yale goaltender Shivon Zilis slow to move to her right, Moore had a wide open net, giving Brown the lead on her team-leading 16th goal of the season.
The Bulldogs tied the game back up less than two minutes later, as a shot from the point went off of a Brown player's skate to Alyssa Clarke in front of the net, who scored before the defense and goaltender Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) could find the puck.
Brown was able to get a lead heading into the first intermission on another power play. Senior Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN) took a shot on net from Zilis' left that the goaltender stopped with her left pad. However, Van Muyen was waiting right on the doorstep, and on her second whack at the puck got it between Zilis' pad and the post for her fifth goal of the season.
The Bears' third goal came just under five minutes into the second period, after a power play had just ended. Before Yale could get completely back to full-strength, Moos collected the puck in the corner and fed it to Olewinski. The junior one-timed the pass from inside the left facoff circle, and her shot just barely got between Zilis and the left post, caroming off the pipe and in. The goal was Olewinski's seventh, while Moos got her fourth assist of the year.
The Bulldogs did not stay down, answering back with goals by their two leading scorers in the final 1:12 of the second period to tie the game. On the first goal, Sheila Zingler skated the puck up from the Yale end and fed a pass to Crysti Howser through the Brown defense. With nothing between her and Stock, Howser swooped in, deked once, and went top shelf. Less than a minute later, a Brown pass was misplayed and collected by Zingler, who skated right in on Stock and fired a shot into the left side of the net.
After collapsing at the end of the second, the Bears came out of the break firing, regaining the lead just 54 seconds into the third period. Olewinski won a draw in the Yale end to the goaltender's left, playing it back to freshman Jenny Cedorchuk (Medfield, MA). Cedorchuk passed it right down to Olewinski, who fed Van Muyen across the crease, where the freshman cashed in for her second goal of the night and sixth of the season.
Sophomore Frances Male (Toronto, ON) gave the Bears a cushion midway through the final frame on her first goal of the season. After a shot on net, the bulldogs rushed the Brown net, taking several shots in a scrum in front of Stock. Eventually, the puck was knocked out to the side, where it was collected and passed to Male on the right side. Male skated the puck all the way up the right side, coming right in on Zilis and shooting the puck into the right side of the net.
Male's goal would prove to be the game-winner, as Yale made it a one-goal game on a power play at 12:40 when Howser scored her second goal of the game. However, the Bears iced things on an empty-net goal by Olewinski, which provided the final 6-4 score.
For the game, Stock made 25 saves, while the Bears were out-shot 29-19. Both teams went two-for-five on power plays, and the faceoff tally was nearly even, with the Bulldogs holding a 31-30 advantage.
Brown now has the weekend off from games. The Bears will next play when they travel to Princeton and Quinnipiac on Feb. 1 and 2.
BROWN 2 1 3 - 6
YALE 1 2 1 - 4
First Period - B (PP) - Hayley Moore (Erin Connors), 1:40; Y (PP) - Alyssa Clarke (Jenna Spring, Berit Johnson), 3:24; B (PP) - Sasha Van Muyen (Kathryn Moos, Nicole Brown), 18:20. Penalties - B, 2-4; Y, 3-6.
Second Period - B - Rylee Olewinski (Kathryn Moos, Sasha Van Muyen), 4:54; Y - Crysti Howser (Sheila Zingler, Jenna Spring), 18:48; Y - Sheila Zingler (Jenna Spring), 19:42. Penalties - B, 0-0; Y, 1-2.
Third Period - B - Sasha Van Muyen (Rylee Olewinski, Jenny Cedorchuk), 0:54; B - Frances Male (Nicole Brown, Amanda Asay), 10:07; Y (PP) - Crysti Howser (Berit Johnson, Alyssa Clarke), 12:40; B (EN) - Rylee Olewinski. (Andrea Hunter), 19:16. Penalties - B, 3-6; Y, 2-4.
Saves - B, Nicole Stock, 10-9-6 - 25 (59:53); Y, Shivon Zilis, 3-6-4 - 13 (59:22).