Nov. 7, 2008
Providence, R.I. - Brown lost a tough weekend opener to Clarkson on Friday at Meehan Auditorium, as the Golden Knights were able to spoil the team's home debut with a 6-0 victory. Senior captain Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) was able to make 41 stops on the night, but it wasn't enough to stop the offensive onslaught that Clarkson threw at her.
The first period started relatively well for the Bears, as Stock looked sharp early, notching 14 saves, including nine on power plays, and giving up just one goal, leaving Brown with a manageable 1-0 deficit heading into the locker room.
The story was similar in the second, as the Golden Knights were again unable to take advantage of the power play, taking seven shots and hitting on none of them. While at even strength though, Danielle Boudreau was able to sneak one past Stock, giving Clarkson a 2-0 lead midway through the second. However, the big story of the period was a terrific penalty kill performance by the Bears after a major and minor penalty in quick succession gave Clarkson a 5 on 3 opportunity. During both the extended power play and while playing down two men, the defense clamped down for the Bears, and they were able to continue their excellent play on special teams by shutting down the Golden Knights.
Heading into the third with a two-goal deficit, Brown looked as though it may be able to climb back into the game, but neither team was able to get a good look for much of the period, and it remained scoreless for the first 14 minutes. Over the last six minutes of the contest, however, the Clarkson offense got into a groove, and fired four quick goals into the net in just over five minutes, sealing the game and moving Brown's record to 1-3-1. With the win Clarkson improves to 3-4-2, and 1-0-0 in ECAC Hockey play.
The Bears will be in action again tomorrow afternoon, when they take on the St. Lawrence Saints at 4 p.m. at Meehan Auditorium.