February 21, 2003

Women's Icers Skate To 5-0 Shutout Victory Over Yale

Feb. 21, 2003

Providence, RI - The Brown women's hockey team skated to an easy 5-0 victory over Yale Friday night at Meehan Auditorium, its 32nd straight win over the Bulldogs. The Bears improve to 10-10-4 overall and 7-4-1 in the ECAC. Brown took a 1-0 lead in the first, increased it to 2-0 by the end of the second and then went on to break the game open in the final period, scoring three goals.

Senior Kim Insalaco led the Bears with three points on the night on two goals and an assist. Senior Courtney Johnson added two goals of her own and freshman Karen Thatcher tallied two points on a goal and an assist. Senior goalkeeper Pam Dreyer recorded her third shutout of the season, making 14 saves. Yale freshman goalkeeper Sarah Love stopped 50 of Brown's 55 shots on the night.

Brown took a 1-0 lead in the first period as they out-shot the Bulldogs 19-4. Freshman Karen Thatcher scored at the 16:39 mark, her eighth goal of the season. Senior Kim Insalaco passed up the ice to sophomore Amy McLaughlin won found a wide open Thatcher skating towards the net. Thatcher beat Love on the one-on-one play, knocking the puck in through the right corner.

Brown increased its lead to two in the second period. Insalaco chipped in a loose puck in front of the net for her fifth point in the last two games. Sophomore Katie Guay picked up an assist on the play. Brown out-shot the Yale 15-5 in the period. The Bulldogs had a few good scoring opportunities in the period but the strong play of senior goaltender Pam Dreyer kept them off the board.

The Bears broke the game open in the third and final period, tallying three goals. Johnson, who received the Panda Cup Award prior to the game, scored her first of two goals in the period just 1:19 in. Sophomore Jessica Link and freshman Keaton Zucker recorded assists on the play. Johnson struck again at the 13:49 mark when she went top shelf. The goal was her 11th of the season and her 94th career point. Senior Mandy McCurdy and freshman Ashlee Drover tallied assists on the play. Brown added one more goal as Thatcher made a spectacular play, beating four Yale players up the ice and passing across the net to Insalaco, who one-timed the puck past Love. Freshman Myria Heinhuis also picked up an assist on the play.

Brown continues action tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 22 for its final regular season home game vs. Princeton.