Brown earns league point in tie with Harvard

Brown earns league point in tie with Harvard

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Brown women's hockey team fought to a 3-3 tie versus Harvard on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium. The Crimson took a 3-2 lead early on in the third period but senior Abby Niewchas (Cochrane, Alberta) responded to knot the game at 2:18 of the frame to lead the Bears to an ECAC point.  

Harvard (11-13-4, 9-9-3 ECAC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead 2:38 into the first period on a tally by Kyra Willoughby. It looked like the Crimson would head into the break with the advantage but junior Sena Hanson (New Brighton, Minn.) tied the contest for Brown (5-20-3, 2-16-3 ECAC) with her team-leading 13th score of the season with just 12.7 seconds left on the clock. Hanson followed up a sophomore Kaitijane Blumberg's (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) shot for the goal. Junior Maybelline Beiring (Calumet, Mich.) was also credited with an assist on the play.

The Bears dominated the second period offensively, outshooting the Crimson 12-3 and taking a 2-1 lead with a goal by freshman Shay Maloney (McHenry, Ill.) at 12:47. The rookie, scoring her fifth goal in last nine games, skated through the neutral zone and beat her defender for her sixth of the season. Sophomore Megan Forrest (Enfield, Nova Scotia) assisted the goal, her first-career assist.

Harvard opened the third period with two quick goals at 0:22 (Kat Hughes) and 1:03 (Kate Hallett) to grab a 3-2 advantage. Brown was quick to counter as Niewchas scored her first of the season at 2:18 to tie the game, 3-3, following her own rebound in front. Junior Veronica Alois (Andover, Mass.) and Hanson teamed up for the helper.

Each team had two power-play opportunities at the end of the third, but neither converted as the game went to an extra period.

In overtime, junior Calla Isaac (Sherwood Park, Alberta) kept the Crimson off the board with four saves while Hanson recorded Brown's lone shot in the stanza.

Brown's penalty kill unit was perfect overall, going 5-for-5 on the night while Harvard's special teams was also successful on the kill and was 3-for-3.

"Our second period was our best period by far," said head coach Carisa Wahlig. "We had a major dip to start the third but I thought the team had a nice response. Our penalty kill was excellent tonight."

Isaac finished the contest with 31 saves, including 12 in both the first and third period. It's her ninth game of the season recording 30 or more saves. Beth Larcom made 21 stops in the opposing net for Harvard.

With a goal and an assist, Hanson recorded her team-leading sixth multipoint game of the year.

Brown will next close out the season by hosting Dartmouth tomorrow (Feb. 23) at 3:00 p.m. Prior to the game, the Bears will honor their four seniors.