Feb. 25, 2006
Northford, CT - The Bears battled the Bobcats of Quinnipiac University to a 3-3 this afternoon at Northford Ice Pavilion. This afternoon's tie and Clarkson's 3-2 loss to Harvard assures Brown home ice in the opening round of the ECACHL Quarterfinal.
Brown pressured the Bobcat defense right off the opening draw, as Quinnipiac's goalie went to control the puck behind the net, but senior Margaret Ramsay (Toronto, ONT) beat her to the puck and threw it in front of the net where classmate Lindsey Glennon (Exter, NH) was skating in. Glennon could not get everything behind the puck and it trickled to the corner keeping the game scoreless through the first period of play.
The Bobcats tried to clear their zone with less than ten minutes remaining in the period, but the puck was picked up by junior Kathryn Moos (Wayzata, MN) who found Ramsay along the boards skating into the Brown offensive zone. Ramsay skated along the far side boards and gave a centering feed to Glennon, but the forward was tangled with a Bobcat defensemen and could not pull the trigger.
With 2:30 to go in the period, senior Keaton Zucker (Gilford, NH) won a battle for the puck in the corner of the Quinnipiac zone and skated towards the Bobcat's net minder Connie Craig. Zucker snapped a quick wrist shot near side, but Craig threw out her blocker and the puck bounced to the back of the net and was cleared out by a Quinnipiac defender ending the threat.
The Bears continued to create oppourtunities in the second period but were still looking for their first goal mid-way through the period. Brown's best chance came with 12:07 left in the period, when Moos stood in the right slot with the puck but Craig dove across the crease and stopped the puck from crossing the line for the 0-0 score with eight minutes gone.
On a power play late in the period, Brown finally found the back of the net when Zucker netted her twelfth goal of the season with 5:35 remaining in the period. The Bears kept the puck moving in the Bobcat's zone, waiting for the right shot to open up. Sophomore Hayley Moore (Wakefield, MA) slid the puck across ice to senior Ashlee Drover (Bay Roberts, NF) who was sneaking in back door unmarked. Drover put the shot top shelf, where Craig made the initial save but Zucker was there for the put back and the 1-0 lead late in the period. The Bobcats best chance of the period came when Hayley McKeenkin snuck under the Bear's radar and carried the puck in for a one on one with sophomore goalie O'Hara Shipe (Anchorage, AK). McKeenkin tried to cross over and use her backhand, but Shipe kicked out her left pad keeping Quinnipiac off the board.
The Bears looked to pad their lead with less than a minute to go in the period, when Glennon fired a hard slap shot from the left side that snuck five hole on Craig. Before the puck crossed the line, Quinnipiac hit it out ending the period.
In an action packed third period, that saw five goal, the Bobcats were able to knot the score three times sending the game into overtime. After a Quinnipiac goal, Zucker took a loose puck just over the blueline in the Bear's zone and skated coast to coast and snapped a shot over the glove hand of Craig for the 2-1 lead.
Quinnipiac answered a short time later when Shipe lost the puck in a crowd in front of the net and
With 8:16 to go in the period Moore put the Bears ahead again when she snagged the puck out of air and snuck it in the left side post for a 3-2 lead. Quinnipiac battled back and knotted the score at three when Antoinette Maldonado faked a shot that Shipe bit and went down on her pads and Maldonado put the puck high beating Shipe and sending the game into overtime.
After Brown killed a Rylee Olewinski penalty they began to pressure the Bobcat defense and Craig. The Bear's best chance came with less then forty seconds to go in the extra period when Moore pulled a shot in the slot, but Craig gloved it out of the air stopping the threat and ending the game in a 3-3 tie. Shipe finished the game with 27 saves.
The Bears closed out the regular season with a 12-12-5 overall record and 10-6-4 in the ECACHL.