Feb. 24, 2006
Princeton, NJ - With the Ivy title on the line the Bears (12-12-4, 10-6-3) came up short as they fell to the #6 Princeton Tigers 3-2 this evening. The Bears were unable to get a good look at the net for most of the night as Princeton out shot Brown 26-15. Sophomore O'Hara Shipe was strong all night in net stopping 23 shots including three breakaways, keeping the Bears within striking distance.
Princeton dominated the flow of the game the first twenty minutes, keeping the puck deep in the Bear's zone for most of the period. Shipe (Anchorage, AK) stood strong between the pipes as the Tigers ripped off nine shots. With 10:13 to go in the period, Princeton finally beat the second year goalie, when Sarah Butsch beat Shipe stick side on a one timer from the slot.
With the Bears on a power play late in the period senior Ashlee Drover (Bay Roberts, NF) took a one timer from the right slot, but the puck hit Princeton's net minder Roxanne Gaudiel in the mask keeping the it out of the net. Brown poured on the pressure with less then a minute to go in the period, when Drover took a shot from the point with four seconds to go. Senior Margaret Ramsay (Toronto, ONT) was a screen in front and tipped the puck towards the net, but Gaudiel kicked out her right pad in time to stop the shot and end the period with the score 1-0 in the first intermission.
Brown came out of the intermission with a bounce in their step looking for the equalizer. With three minutes gone in the period, Ramsay took a pass from junior Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN) and skated in on Gaudeil for a one on one. Ramsay tried to go stick side but Gaudiel stopped the puck and Brown was unable to get the rebound keeping the score at 1-0 with 16:44 to go in the period. Senior Keaton Zucker (Gilford, NH) tallied her 11th goal of the season on a Brown power play at the 15:49 mark, knotting the game at one.
Zucker picked up the puck behind the Tiger's net that was hit along the boards by Drover. Skating back up along the left side of the net Zucker put the puck top shelf for the power play goal and the 1-1 game.
Princeton went back up by one with 4:04 remaining when Marykate Oakley snuck the puck past Shipe, giving Princeton the 2-1 lead.
Princeton tacked on another goal in the third when Laura Watt slammed a slap shot from the point past Shipe who lost the puck with a screen in front of her. The Bears pulled Shipe with 2:17 to go in the game, but were unable to get a good look at the net as the Tigers clamped down on defense. After a Moos penalty Brown was able to cut the deficit to one goal on a short handed goal with eight seconds remaining when sophomore Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) tipped a shot by Drover past Gaudiel. But it was too little too late as Princeton won 3-2. Shipe finished the game with
The Bears will close out the regular season with a 4:00 p.m. match-up with the Quinnipiac Bobcats tomorrow afternoon at the Northford Ice Pavillion.