Brown Scores Four First Period Goals Leading to Win at Union

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Brown women's hockey team scored four first-period goals and fought off three from Union in the third period to claim a 4-3 win at Messa Rink on Saturday afternoon. With the win the Bears move to 4-13-0 overall and 2-8-0 in ECAC play while Union falls to 3-19-0 on the season and 0-10-0 in conference action.

Brown took offensive control in the first period and tallied four unanswered goals to take a 4-0 advantage into the first intermission. Junior Sam Donovan(New Brighton, Minn.) netted the Bears' first goal at 5:25 with sophomore Bridget Carey (Weymouth, Mass.) providing the assist. Donovan collected the puck in the slot and fired it in for her team-best sixth goal of the year.

Soon after, freshman Sena Hanson (New Brighton, Minn.) notched a score at 6:00 with sophomore Cara Najjar (Stoneham, Mass.) and freshman Alley Rempe (Calgary, Alberta) notching the assists. Rempe collected the puck in the defensive end and hit it off the boards up to Najjar who beat a defender and dished it to Hanson for her second of the year.

Junior Samantha Swanstrom (Ham Lake, Minn.) scored in her second-straight game, this time a short-handed tally, at 10:08 to increase the Bears' lead (3-0). Union's goalie was trying to get rid of the puck but Swanstrom intercepted the pass and quickly put it in for her fourth of the season.

Freshman Steph Rempe (Calgary, Alberta) scored her first-collegiate goal for Brown's fourth score of the opening period at 15:39. Junior Katie Swanstrom (Ham Lake, Minn.) recorded the helper on the score. Swanstrom took the puck away from a defender and crashed to the net and took a shot that was saved but collected swiftly by Rempe for the score.

The Bears outshot the Dutchwomen in the first period, 13-11. Brown fought off the lone infraction in the stanza. Senior Monica Elvin (Oakland, Calif.) made 11 saves in the scoreless period.

With four goals to open the game, Brown was quiet in the second and so was Union as both teams skated through a scoreless frame. The Dutchwomen improved their offense from the first and outshot the Bears, 15-4. Brown was 0-for-1 on the power-play while Union was 0-for-2.

Union struck at 1:33 of the third to get on the board (4-1) with a goal from Emily Erickson. Alli Devins added the Dutchwomen's next goal at 13:04. With time winding down, Union pulled its goalie at 18:10 and added an extra-skater and power-play goal just before the close of the game at 19:59 from Rachel de Perio.

With its late third period tally, Union went 1-for-6 on the power-play while Brown was 0-for-3 overall.  

Elvin ended the contest with 36 saves, her eighth 30+ save outing. Kate Spooner made 15 stops for Union while Amelia Murray made eight saves and was credited with the loss.

With Hanson's goal, the rookie extends her point streak to five games that includes two goals and five assists for seven points.

The Bears will endure one more road trip before returning home to College Hill and play at No. 4/3 St. Lawrence on Friday, Jan. 13 and at No. 3/3 Clarkson on Saturday, Jan. 14. Friday's game will start at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday's contest will begin at 3:00 p.m.