Jan. 30, 2009
Hamden, CT - Brown captured an important league win against Quinnipiac on Friday night, knocking off the Bobcats 3-0 behind three points apiece from juniors Nicole Brown (Swift Current, SK) and Andrea Hunter (Fulton, N.Y.). Senior goalie Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) also recorded 30 saves on the night for her first shutout of the season. With the win, Brown improves to 4-16-1 overall and 3-11 in league play, while Quinnipiac falls to 3-20-4.
Brown was particularly impressive, as she scored two goals in the game, assisting on the third, tying Hunter for the team lead in goals in the process. Hunter added a goal of her own, and picked up her seventh and eighth assists of the season. The win snapped a six-game skid for the Bears, and pulled them within two points of Quinnipiac in the league standings.
The first period began well, as Bruno took the lead only three minutes into the game. After a brief scrum in front of the net, Brown was able to punch the puck into net for a 1-0 lead for the Bears. Sophomore Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, IL) and Hunter were credited with assists on the play.
After the initial score, play quieted down for the remainder of the period, as both goalies looked sharp in the early going. Quinnipiac did have a good look on goal late in the period, when the Bobcats had the puck loose in front of the net on a power play. However, they were unable to capitalize on it, and the Bears cleared the puck with the shutout intact.
Following more solid defense to begin the second period, Brown looked to have added another goal midway through the frame, but it was waved off after it was ruled that the puck had been knocked in off a high stick. The Bobcats once again had some good looks as the period wound down, but Stock continued to play well, and the Bears went into the second intermission with their lead intact.
At the beginning of the final period, Brown once again showcased its quick offense, scoring the second goal of the game only 68 seconds into the frame. Playing at even strength, Hunter took the feed from Brown and freshman Paige Pyett (Milestone, SK) and fired in an insurance goal for the Bears. Bruno scored once more in the game with just over five minutes remaining, as Brown knocked in another power play goal, again assisted by Dancewicz and Hunter. Though Quinnipiac had several opportunities to get back into the game during the remainder of the period, Stock stifled all comers for her first shutout of the season and preserved the win for Brown.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow night, when they take on the Princeton Tigers at 4 p.m.