Brown skates to a tie at St. Lawrence

Brown skates to a tie at St. Lawrence

CANTON, N.Y. - Sophomore Kaitijane Blumberg's(Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) third period goal helped lead the Brown women's hockey team to a 3-3 tie on the road at St. Lawrence on Friday night at Appleton Arena.

The Bears (5-11-2, 2-7-2 ECAC) trailed 3-2 entering the final period with Blumberg's score at 13:06 sending the game into overtime. Each team recorded a shot on goal in the scoreless extra period. Junior Calla Isaac (Sherwood Park, Alberta) was solid in goal for Brown, tying her season-high with 40 saves.

"Our defense play exceptionally well and our offense buried their chances when we had them," said head coach Carisa Wahlig. "I saw some fight in our girls and I'm proud of their effort tonight.

Brown was the first team to strike on the night when junior Sena Hanson (New Brighton, Minn.) scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season at 11:50 of the first period from the slot following a faceoff. Freshman Shay Maloney (McHenry, Ill.) notched her team-best ninth assist on the tally.

St. Lawrence (10-11-2, 5-5-1 ECAC) soon tied up the contest in the period at 14:42 on a goal by Maggie McLaughlin and the teams would enter the first intermission tied.

The Bears struck quickly in the second and gained a 2-1 lead with sophomore Megan Forrest (Enfield, Nova Scotia) scoring her first-career goal with a deflection in front at 0:43. Sophomore Darby Melia(Marshfield, Mass.) registered her first-collegiate assist on the play while junior Lucinda Quigley(Newton, Mass.) also contributed a helper.

St. Lawrence again had an answer and tied the contest 2-2 at 4:21 on a tally from Kalie Grant. Nadine Edney later gave the Saints their first lead at 10:48 of the period.

Trailing by one entering the third, Blumberg gave the Bears what they needed and caused a turnover in the defensive zone and skated coast-to-coast for an unassisted goal at 13:06, Brown's seventh unassisted score of the season.

The Bears' defense closed the third strong, blocking five shots while Isaac made five saves to force overtime.

Each team recorded a shot on net in the extra period as the final horn sounded with the score knotted 3-3.

Isaac reached the 40 save mark for the second time this season, also stopping 40 shots at Princeton on Oct. 27. Her counterpart, Sonjia Shelly, turned away 11 shots for the Saints.

Both teams were shutout on special teams with Brown going 0-for-2 on the power play with one opportunity in both the first and second periods while St. Lawrence was 0-for-1 in the second.  

With tonight's game, senior Abby Niewchas (Cochrane, Alberta) reached 100 games played for her career.
 
Brown will next play at No. 6 Clarkson tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 19, at Cheel Arena with puck drop set for 1:00 p.m.