Brown drops decision at Yale

Brown drops decision at Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Brown women's hockey team was defeated by Yale, 5-2, at Ingalls Rink on Friday night. The Bears battled back from a three-goal deficit to pull within one at the end of two periods but the Bulldogs shutout Brown in the third and scored twice to skate away with the victory.

"We did not show up to play tonight," said head coach Carisa Wahlig. "While we had a stronger second period, our overall level of play was not where it needed to be. Hopefully we can have a better game tomorrow night."
 
Yale (4-12-0, 3-6-0 ECAC) scored midway through the first period while on the power play to take a 1-0 lead (Saroya Tinker, 9.59). The Bulldogs closed with two goals late in the frame at 18:05 (Charlotte Welch) and 19:53 (Emma Seitz) for a three-goal advantage.

Brown (5-10-1, 2-6-1 ECAC) responded well coming out of the break as freshman Lizzy Gross(Scarborough, Maine) scored her sixth goal of the season at 2:10 from the slot, beating Tera Hofmann top shelf. Sophomore Kaitijane Blumberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and senior Cara Najjar (Stoneham, Mass.) combined for the assists.
 
Sophomore Abby Nearis (Beverly, Mass.) then pulled the Bears within one (3-2) after putting back a rebound at 17:05 with Brown on a 5-on-3. Freshmen Shay Maloney (McHenry, Ill.) and Jacquie Tam(Toronto, Ontario) contributed the helpers, with Tam notching her first career assist.

After getting outshot 13-1 in the first, Brown dominated shots in the second and held a 14-6 lead. The Bears also benefitted from four power plays, recording four shots.

Yale kept Brown off the board in the third and held a 15-7 edge in shots while Rebecca Vanstone scored twice at 2:54 and 9:42 en route to the Bulldogs' 5-2 victory.

Freshman Hayley Kliczko (Niles, Ill.) finished the game with 19 saves in two periods of play while sophomore Lauren Rippy (Plymouth, Mich.) made 10 stops. Hofmann posted 20 saves at the other end.

Each team registered one power-play score as Brown went 1-for-6 while Yale was 1-for-2.
 
Brown will next close out the Yale series on home ice at Meehan Auditorium tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 6:00 p.m.