February 14, 2006

Third Period Costly for Bears, Falling To Yale 3-1

Feb. 14, 2006

Box Score

Providence, RI - The Bears could not get going in the final period of play, as Yale beat freshman Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) and the Brown defense three times in the final twenty minutes, for a 3-1 final this evening, at Meehan Auditorium. The win gave Yale their first victory over the Bears in the last 38 meetings.

In a penalty filled first period in which seven penalties were called both squads had a hard time getting things going. Brown struck first with 8:26 into the game when senior Keaton Zucker (Gilford, NH) went coast to coast, netting her 10th goal of the season on a Brown power play. After a clear Brown caught the Bulldogs in a line change when Stock skated out of the crease and gave Zucker the puck along the boards. Zucker faked three Yale players and moved her way into the zone and put the puck top shelf past the Bulldog's goalie for the early one goal lead.

The Bulldogs pressured the Bear defense and the young goalie early in the second period but Stock kept the puck out of the net, turning away all 10 shots she faced. The Bears looked to pad their lead with about 12 minutes remaining in the second, when senior Lindsey Glennon (Exter, NH) looked to put back a rebound shot by classmate Myria Heinhuis (Chatham, ONT) but fired the puck too high bouncing it off the glass behind the goal. Sophomore Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) gave the Bears another opportunity later in the period on a power play when she beat Yale's Sarah Love on the near side post, but the puck bounced off the pipe and to the corner where a Yale defender cleared it out.

That would be it for the Bears as Yale came out of the second intermission, fired up and looking for the upset. Yale tallied their first goal just sixteen seconds into the third, as Jenna Spring snuck the puck past Stock, who went 171:28 without giving up a goal, for the 1-1 tie. On a delayed penalty with 12:02 remaining Yale took the lead for good as the extra skater Crysti Howser put back a rebound for the 2-1 score. Yale tacked on a short-handed goal later in the period for the 3-1 final. Stock finished the game with 22 saves.

With the loss Brown now falls to 11-10-4 overall and 9-4-3 in the ECACHL. The loss also puts the Bears at 4-2-3 in the Ivy standings, good for 11 points, tying Princeton for second place and Yale is now in sole possession of first with 12 points.

The Bears will host their final regular season weekend series, as #2 St. Lawrence and #8 Clarkson visit Providence for a crucial ECACHL match-up. Brown will open up against the Saints on Friday, February 17 having the puck drop at 7:00 p.m.