Feb. 14, 2009
Providence, R.I. - The Bears fell to Rensselaer Saturday afternoon in a tightly played 2-1 game, which was decided by a quick burst in the second period for the Engineers. Sophomore Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, IL) scored her second goal of the weekend to put the Bears on the board, and goalie Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) had 23 saves to keep Brown in the game throughout. With the loss, Bruno falls to 6-19-1 overall, and 5-14-0 in league play, while the Engineers improve to 14-13-4 on the season, and 9-8-3 in ECAC Hockey.
The first period was a quick one, with only 10 total shots taken and a single penalty called. Stock stopped all seven shots that she saw, and looked strong in the early going, while Brown's defense did an impressive job in limiting RPI's shots and holding them off the scoreboard. With both teams struggling to get into an offensive rhythm, the game remained scoreless heading into the lockers rooms after 20 minutes of play.
In the second frame, things remained much the same for the first nine minutes of play. However, at the 9:20 mark, Rensselaer broke through for the first goal of the game, scoring an even strength goal after moving the puck around for a good shot. The Engineers then struck again only eight seconds later, as they passed it down ice immediately off of the faceoff, and got a look on goal before Stock could square up.
Despite the setback, Brown rallied back quickly and held RPI scoreless for the remainder of the period. The Bears had one great look on goal that came up just short, as Rensselaer's goalie came out of net to corral the puck, then turned it over. Junior Nicole Brown (Swift Current, SK) got a shot off before the Engineers could recover, but a defenseman was barely able to tip the puck away in front of goal, holding the Bears off the scoreboard.
Though Rensselaer looked to have all the momentum heading into the final period, head coach Digit Murphy had her players ready coming out of the locker room, and the Bears were clearly the better team in the third. Just over four minutes in, Dancewicz picked up a power play goal on a feed from sophomore Samantha Stortini (Sudbury, ON), pulling Brown to within a single goal. The Bears kept the pressure on throughout the period, recording an 11-4 advantage in shots on goal during the last 20 minutes, but couldn't find the net to tie the game up. Murphy made the decision to pull Stock with 1:40 remaining, setting up a furious finish to the contest, but the Engineers were just able to make enough stops down the stretch.
The Bears will be back in action on Tuesday night, when they host Yale at 7:00 p.m.