Feb. 20, 2009
Providence, R.I. - Princeton was able to avenge an earlier season loss to Brown on Friday night, dealing the Bears a hard-fought 3-0 defeat. Senior goalie Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) had 46 saves against the Tigers, but the offense couldn't find the back of net to pull Bruno back into the game. With the loss, Brown drops to 6-21-1 overall and 5-16-0 in league play, while Princeton improves to 17-9-2 on the year, and 14-6-1 in ECAC Hockey.
The game started off at a fast pace, with both teams putting pressure on the opposing defense, but no goals to show for it. However, a pair of penalty calls on Brown in the middle of the period slowed down the pace, and forced the Bears to go on the defensive. Bruno was successfully able to kill both penalties off though, and held the game scoreless through the first 20 minutes.
Things quickly changed in the second, however, as Princeton knocked in the first goal of the game just 1:37 into the period. After making the initial save, Stock gave up a rebound to the Tigers, who then punched it in from the right side. Junior Nicole Brown (Swift Current, SK) had a good look on net with just over five minutes remaining, but her shot glanced off the crossbar, keeping Brown off the board, and the period ended with Princeton holding a 1-0 lead.
In the final period, the offenses again struggled to find a consistent rhythm, as both teams were held off the scoreboard early. Though the Tigers continued to threaten, Stock remained at the top of her game, knocking away every shot sent in her direction for most of the period. However, with just over five minutes remaining, Princeton knocked in a second goal, essentially securing the contest.
The Tigers tacked on another insurance goal just 20 seconds later, when a shot from the point slipped past Stock for a 3-0 lead. It appeared that Stock may have been screened off by players in front of the net, and didn't get a good look at the shot until it was past her. The shutout was the tenth of the season for the Bears, and the sixth in the last ten games.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host Quinnipiac at 4 p.m. in the season finale.