Feb. 10, 2007
Providence, RI - A pair of quick power-play goals in the first period proved to be all that the Brown women's hockey team needed, as the Bears (10-15-2, 6-13-1) defeated RPI (12-18-1, 8-11-1), 4-1 at Meehan Auditorium on Saturday. Following the game, the team honored its four seniors - captain Lauren Deeb (Menands, NY), Ann Brophy (Ann Arbor, MI), Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN), and Krystal Strassman (Madison, WI) - who were playing in their final home game. Following the contest, Deeb was awarded the Panda Cup, the oldest and most prestigious award given by the Bears.
The trio of junior forward Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA), sophomore forward Savannah Smith (Fort St. John, BC), and Strassman gave the Bears a 2-0 lead in just 32 seconds late in the first. With Brown already on a power play, a body checking penalty at 14:37 on the Engineers gave the Bears a five-on-three advantage. It took just eight seconds for Bruno to capitalize, as Smith scored her third power-play goal in less than 24 hours thanks to a textbook feed across the goaltender's face from Moore. Now with a one-skater advantage, the Bears struck again at 15:17. Strassman found Moore with a wide-open lane to the net, and the Bears' leading scorer sniped the corner for her 20th goal of the season.
Rensselaer got one back at 3:29 in the second period, as a low, bouncing shot by Allysen Weidner snuck by sophomore goaltender Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL), with each team skating four players after a pair of penalties. Brown answered right back at 7:01, as Moos scored her second goal off a pass from sophomore defenseman Lindsay Wilde (Billerica, MA), lifting a backhanded shot past RPI goalie Ashley Mayr. Freshman Sasha Van Muyen (Orillia, ON) got the Bears' final goal at 2:55 in the third period, tipping in a pass from Moos.
With two points, Moore extended her streak of consecutive games with a point to 14. Smith picked up her fourth straight multiple-point game, giving her 10 points in that span after picking up just four points in her first 23 games this season. Both finished the week with eight points in three games. Stock had 30 saves, moving to 9-7-2 on the season. She allowed just two goals in 181:35 this week, starting all three games and making 70 saves.
The win kept the Bears' playoff hopes alive, although to keep them that way, Brown has the daunting task of sweeping #3 Dartmouth and #6 Harvard on the road next weekend. Brown also needs Quinnipiac to lose or tie once in its final three games, and either RPI (home vs. Clarkson and #4/5 St. Lawrence) or Clarkson (home vs. Quinnipiac, at RPI and Union) to lose their remaining games.
RPI 0 1 0 - 1
BROWN 2 1 1 - 4
Saves - R, Ashley Mayr, 5-8-3 - 16; B, Nicole Stock, 10-11-9 - 30.