Nov. 29, 2008
Providence, R.I. - Brown and Providence College renewed their annual rivalry on Saturday night, as the Friars handed Bruno a 1-0 loss at Meehan Auditorium. Senior goalie Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) notched 32 saves and kept a shutout going for the first two periods, but the Bears weren't able to come away with the win as Providence scored the game winner early in the final period.
The first period showcased the kind of intensity that the series is known for, as both teams came out playing stifling defense. Brown controlled much of the opening action, as the Bears outshot Providence 21-12 in the first 20 minutes, with 14 of those shots coming on power plays, and had two 5 on 3 opportunities during the period. However, Friars goalie Genevieve Lacasse matched Stock save for save, and the duo kept the game scoreless heading into the first intermission.
In the second period, the teams continued to follow the style of play that had begun in the opener, as good shots were again hard to come by. The best look for the Bears was a breakaway by senior Frances Male (Toronto, ON), who found herself alone in front of the Providence net with the puck. However, Lacasse was able to knock away her shot, and keep the scoreless streak going. Stock was no less impressive, matching her first period performance with 12 more saves, including four on Friar power plays. Freshman Paige Pyett (Balgonie, SK) led the Bears offensively, recording three shots in the period as she manned the point on Brown power plays, and narrowly missed the goal on several thundering shots.
As the final period opened, Providence finally found the back of the net, as Katy Beach took a pass from Lacasse and skated up ice before knocking it past Stock for the only goal of the game. Though the Bears did not go quietly, they were unable to come up with the evener late in the game, despite several opportunities. Brown's best look came midway through the period, when Lacasse found herself badly out of position, and sophomore Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, IL) had a shot at an open net. However, Lacasse was just able to recover in time, making a leaping, outstretched save that had the arena buzzing. Despite a late attempt at a rally, Brown could not solve the Friars' defense, and the game ended as a tight, 1-0 loss.
The Bears will be in action again on Thursday, December 4, when they travel to New Haven to take on the Yale Bulldogs at 7:00 pm.