Feb. 8, 2008
Providence, RI - Despite putting a season-high 54 shots on net and getting four points from senior captain Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA), the Brown women's ice hockey team (3-17-4, 2-12-3 ECAC Hockey) fell to Quinnipiac (5-20-4, 2-12-4), 5-4, at Meehan Auditorium on Friday night. The Bears peppered the net all game, including 26 shots in the second period, and had numerous near misses and opportunities when the puck seemed to sit in front of an open net. However, poor luck combined with 50 saves by the Bobcats' Tia Wishart tilted the game in the visitors' favor.
From the opening minute, it seemed that the Bears' luck on the evening would be poor. The Bears controlled the faceoff, worked the puck into the zone, and senior captain Rylee Olewinski (Burr Ridge, IL) put a shot on net that seemed to go in just under the crossbar, so much so that the goal light momentarily went on. However, the referee ruled it was not a goal, so play continued. Quinnipiac went on to score the lone goal of the first period when Brandice Moniz lifted a rebound over Brown goaltender Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) on a power play at 13:03.
Moore would tie the score at 14:12 in the second period, beginning a stretch of 21:54 in which the teams scored four goals apiece. With the Bears pressuring the net, Moore lifted a backhand shot over Wishart for her team-leading 11th goal of the season. Olewinski and sophomore Sasha Van Muyen (Orillia, ONT) earned assists on the goal.
The Bobcats answered on another power play less than a minute later at 14:53, as Antoinette Maldonado beat Stock, with assists going to Moniz and Trudy Reyns. The Bears would tie the game before the end of the frame at 17:15, as its top line struck again. Olewinski won a faceoff in the Quinnipiac zone, with Moore grabbing the puck and sending a quick pass across the ice to Van Muyen who sent a wrister past Wishart for her second goal of the season.
The end of that period was a preview of the fifth, which featured a lot of offense, just two penalties, and little defense. Quinnipiac's Janine Duffy took advantage of a Brown gaffe not even half a minute into the period to get the lead back for her team, stealing a mishandled pass in her own zone and skating up ice with a teammate on Stock with no defenders. Duffy finished herself at 35 seconds into the frame.
Yet again, the Bears came back, this time on a power play. Moore and sophomore Andrea Hunter (Fulton, NY) worked the puck along the boards to Wishart's right, with Hunter eventually skating into the middle. Rather than put a shot on net, she saw freshman defenseman Erica Kromm (Naramata, BC) creeping in from the right point. Kromm took Hunter's pass and sent her trademark high wrist shot into the top right corner for her fourth goal of the year at 5:46. Finally, at 11:00, the Bears took their first lead, as Moore found freshman defenseman Jaclyn Small (Thornhill, ONT) for her first career goal on a similar shot to Kromm's, this time from the left side.
However, Quinnipiac did not stay down long. Moniz tied the game, 4-4, at 13:58, taking a pass from Kallie Flor and lifting a shot over Stock's glove just under the crossbar. Maldonado then scored in the exact same corner at 16:47, netting the eventual game-winner. The Bears pulled Stock for an extra attacker with 1:32 to go, skating five forwards and one defenseman, but were unable to generate any scoring opportunities.
For the game, the Bears outshot their guests 54-26, with Stock making 21 saves to Wishart's 50. Both teams had five power play opportunities, Quinnipiac scoring on two man-advantages to Brown's one.
Stock's 21 saves bring her Brown-record season total to 832. Moore's four points give her 129 for her career, passing Kim Insalaco '03 (127 points) and Jill Graat '00 (128 points), and tying her with Becky Kellar '97 for eighth all-time at Brown. Passing Kellar for eighth will likely be the final milestone for Moore, as Jordan Jiskra '00 sits in seventh with 147 points, 18 ahead of Moore with five games to play. Moore can, however, pass Kristy Zamora '02 for seventh all-time in goals, with 68 to Zamora's 72.
On Saturday, the Bears will host Princeton at 4 p.m. As a part of Brown's Breast Cancer Awareness Week and ECAC Hockey's "Pink at the Rink" campaign, the Bears will wear customized pink jerseys and the coaches special pink scarves that they donned on Friday night as well. These jerseys and scarves are being auctioned to raise funds at www.ecachockeycoachesvscancer.com. Fans are encouraged to "Pink Out" Saturday afternoon's game by wearing pink to the rink. Tickets are available by calling (401) 863-2773.
Quinnipiac 1 1 3 - 5
Brown 0 2 2 - 4
1st Period - Q, Moniz (Burton), PP, 13:03. Penalties - Q, 4-8; B, 4-8.
2nd Period - B, Moore (Olewinski, Van Muyen), 14:12; Q, Maldonado (Moniz, Reyns), PP, 14:53; B, Van Muyen (Moore, Olewinski), 17:15. Penalties - Q, 2-4; B, 2-4.
3rd Period - Q, Duffy, 0:35; B, Kromm (Hunter, Moore), PP, 5:46; B, Small (Moore), 11:00; Q, Moniz (Flor, Burton), 13:58; Q, Maldonado (Graham, Davies), 16:47. Penalties - Q, 1-2; B, 1-2.
Q, Wishart (60:00) 10-24-16 - 50; B, Stock (58:28) 5-8-8 - 21.