Women's Hockey Drops Heartbreaking 4-3 Decision to Niagara

Women's Hockey Drops Heartbreaking 4-3 Decision to Niagara

Nov. 2, 2002

Providence, RI - The Brown women's hockey team suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Niagara Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium. The Purple Eagles scored the game-winning goal with 40 seconds remaining in the game, handing the Bears their first loss of the season. Sophomore Amy McLaughlin (Berlin, MA) led the Bears with one goal and two assists for three points. Brown defeated Niagara, 5-2, last night. Niagara improves to 4-2 on the season while the Bears fall to 1-1.

Brown got on the board early in the first period when sophomore Kerry Nugent (Andover, MA) scored on a pass from McLaughlin. The goal was Nugent's first of the season. Niagara goalie Breanne Doyle stopped 17 of Brown's 18 shots on goal in the period.

The Bears took a 2-0 edge ten minutes into the second period when sophomore Jessica Link (Clifton Park, NY) scored her third goal of the season in front of the net off a rebound from Nugent. McLaughlin also picked up an assist on the play.

Niagara cut the lead to two at the 17:55 mark when Amy Jack slipped the puck past junior goalie Katie Germain (Sarnia, ONT). Heather Maracle and Bradi Cochrane picked up the assists. McLaughlin quickly brought the lead back to two for the Bears, blasting a shot past Niagara goalie Breanne Doyle. Brown out shot Niagara 16-6 in the second period.

The Purple Eagles surged in the third period, scoring three goals to push past the Bears. Two minutes into the period, Lindsay Vine scored from Jack, putting the Eagles within one with a 3-2 score. Teresa Del Monte tied the game at 3-3 at the 17:11 mark on a power play. Jennifer Goulet and Katie Sweeney recorded assists on the play.

With just 40 seconds remaining in the game, Valerie Hall scored the game-winner from Niagara on a pass from Candice Ceelen.

In goal, Doyle recorded 40 saves for the Purple Eagles while Germain stopped 17 shots for Brown.

Brown continues action on Friday Nov. 8 at Dartmouth beginning at 7:00 p.m.