Brown edged by RIT

Brown edged by RIT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown women's hockey team was edged by RIT, 2-1, in the series opener between the two teams on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium. In both teams' first game of the New Year, a combined 17 penalties were called, eight on RIT (6-10-4) and nine against Brown (5-8-1), with each team scoring one power-play goal.

"I'm disappointed in the loss," said head coach Carisa Wahlig. "I was hoping we'd start off second semester with a jump but old habits like bad penalties and not moving our feet came back into play. I thought our power play moved the puck well, but we weren't able to convert and our penalty kill did a great job."

After one goal in each of the first two periods by the Tigers, junior Sena Hanson (New Brighton, Minn.) got the Bears on the board in the third (4:32), with her 10th goal of the season, coming on the power play. Brown pulled junior Calla Isaac (Sherwood Park, Alberta) with time winding down looking for the equalizer but a penalty was called against the Bears at 19:05, ending the empty net situation.

Brown outshot RIT on the night, 28-25. The Bears were 1-for-7 overall on the power play while the Tigers were 1-for-8. The nine penalties against the Bears tied their season high, with nine infraction called at Princeton on Oct. 27. The eight penalties against RIT were the most by a Brown opponent in 2018-19.

Brown outshot RIT in the first period, 11-8, but trailed 1-0 after the stanza with a power-play goal scored by Ellie Larson at 9:37. Both teams were whistled for multiple penalties in the opening frame, with the Bears going 2-for-3 on the penalty kill while the Tigers were 2-for-2.  

RIT was able to tack on its second score midway through the second (12:44) to increase its lead with a tally by Mallory Rushton. The Bears were unable to capitalize on two power-play chances in the period but picked up their offensive intensity to close the frame with four shots on goal.

In a penalty riddled third, Brown got on the board with Hanson's score at 4:32 with sophomore Kaitijane Blumberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Abby Nearis (Beverly, Mass.) recording the assists.

Coincidental penalties were called on each team at 18:46 after Isaac was pulled at 18:33. The Bears were whistled for the final infraction of the game at 19:05, giving the Tigers a power play for the remainder of the contest.

In net, Isaac made 23 stops for Brown while Terra Lanteigne contributed 27 saves for the visitor.
 
Brown will close out the series with RIT tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 5, at Meehan Auditorium starting at 3:00 p.m.