Brown Defeated By No. 9 St. Lawrence

Brown Defeated By No. 9 St. Lawrence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown women's hockey team was defeated by No. 9/9 St. Lawrence, 4-1, on Saturday at Meehan Auditorium. After sophomore Kaitijane Blumberg's (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) goal tied the contest 1-1 in the second period, the Saints closed out the frame with two quick goals in under four minutes to take control until the final whistle.

"We had some chances, but couldn't bury it," said head coach Carisa Wahlig. " We need to work on our composure."

Skylar Podvey gave St. Lawrence (8-5-1, 4-0-0 ECAC) a 1-0 lead after one period of play when she scored at 12:15 of the stanza on a 4-on-4 after coincidental penalties were called.

After getting outshot 12-6 in the first, Brown (5-5-1, 2-5-1 ECAC) came out to a 7-1 shot advantage to open the second. Junior Sena Hanson (New Brighton, Minn.) had a couple chances to tie the game, with one shot off the pipe and one saved by Sonja Shelly on a breakaway.

The Bears later knotted the contest 1-1 while on the penalty kill. Junior Veronica Alois (Andover, Mass.) got a stick on the puck and senior Cara Najjar (Stoneham, Mass.) fed it up to Blumberg who beat the goalie top shelf for her third of the season and short-handed score.

St. Lawrence halted Brown's momentum when Kristen Guerriero gave the Saints a 2-1 lead at 16:01. Maggie McLaughlin put in a dagger just before the end of the period with 11.9 seconds left on the clock for a two-goal SLU lead.

The Saints battled back in the period for shots and held a 14-11 advantage. Freshman Hayley Kliczko(Niles, Ill.) upped her first period total of 11 and made 12 stops in the second.

Brown fought off two penalties in the third to improve to 3-for-3 overall. St. Lawrence was whistled for an infraction at 15:30 and the Bears pulled Kliczko to skate 6-on-4 but the Saints were able to record a short-handed empty-net goal (Skylar Podvey) at 16:52 to halt any comeback by the Bears.

The Bears outshot the Saints 17-9 in the third period and kept up with the nationally ranked opponent, trailing overall by just one shot (35-34).

Kliczko finished the game with 31 saves while her counterpart, Sonjia Shelly, made 33 saves for SLU.
 
After playing eight-consecutive ECAC contests, the Bears will next return to non-conference play and host Boston University at Meehan Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 27 starting at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN+.