January 23, 2007

Bears Knock Off Bulldogs 6-4

Jan. 23, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sasha Van Muyen's goal 54 seconds into the third period broke a 3-3 tie and propelled Brown to a 6-4 win over Yale Tuesday night at Ingalls Rink, negating a quick comeback by the Bulldogs. Sophomore forward Crysti Howser and senior forward Sheila Zingler scored goals in the last 72 seconds of the second period to erase a 3-1 Brown lead, only to have the Bears go right back in front on Van Muyen's tally. Howser finished with two goals while senior forward Jenna Spring added three assists.

Penalties continue to be an issue for Yale -- seven of the 17 goals they have allowed in the last five games have come on opponent power plays. On Tuesday night a pair of infractions in the first period led to the Bulldogs facing a 2-1 deficit. Yale was hit with an interference penalty 48 seconds into the game, and at the 1:40 mark the Bears took advantage. Erin Connors skated in on Yale junior goaltender Shivon Zilis, drawing the attention of the defense before sending a pass across the crease to a wide-open Hayley Moore for her 16th goal of the season.

Yale (11-9-1, 7-8-1 ECAC) went on the power play 20 seconds after the Brown goal, but Howser hit the post while attempting to put in the rebound of a shot from Zingler.

The Bulldogs finally got the puck in the net when freshman defenseman Berit Johnson passed it to Spring, whose shot was partially blocked. The puck came to freshman defenseman Alyssa Clarke in the slot, and she slapped it past Brown goalie Nicole Stock at the 3:24 mark to tie the score.

Zilis denied Moore with a kick save during an odd-man rush for the Bears midway through the period, but shortly after that Stock came up big to deny a breakaway attempt by Zingler.

As the period wound down, the Bulldogs were called for another costly penalty, this one a hook. Van Muyen camped out on the doorstep and had two chances at a rebound of a shot that Zilis made a save on. Van Muyen lifted the puck over Zilis' fully-extended left leg to give Brown (7-13-2, 4-11-1 ECAC) a 2-1 lead at the 18:20 mark.

The Bears extended their lead to 3-1 at 4:54 of the second when Rylee Olewinski slipped one past Zilis just after a Yale penalty expired.

After that the whistles, and the goals, momentarily stopped coming for both teams. Stock turned aside nine shots for the period, but was hurt by the two late goals after over 14 minutes of scoreless hockey. At the 18:48 mark, Zingler took a feed from Spring and threaded a pass through the defense to lead Howser on her way to net. Howser deked to get Stock out of position before flipping it in to pull Yale within one.

The Howser-Spring-Zingler line didn't stop there. Spring's forechecking created a turnover in front of the Brown net and gave Zingler a chance to knock one in only 18.3 seconds before the second intermission to tie the score at three. Spring now has 10 assists in the last five games.

The Bears answered back right after the second intermission, with Van Muyen taking a feed across the slot from Olewinski and sending it past Zilis at the 54-second mark.

A series of penalties midway through the third gave both teams brief 5-on-3 chances that did not result in any goals. With the teams back at full strength Stock denied Howser from close range, and down at the other end right after that Frances Male extended Brown's lead to 5-3 at 10:07 with her first goal of the year.

Zingler's charge down the right wing forced Brown into an interference penalty at 11:53, and 47 seconds into the power play Howser converted off assists by Johnson and Clarke. She had Savard with her on a 2-on-1 but instead of passing broke off a quick wrister that slipped past Stock's right leg and into the corner of the net to make it 5-4 Brown. Howser now has four straight multiple-point games (6-3-9).

That would be as close as Yale would get, however. Zilis was pulled with a minute to play, and the Bulldogs called timeout before a faceoff in Brown's zone with 50.7 seconds left. But the Bears controlled the faceoff and got the puck out to Olewinski, who raced down the left wing and deposited it in the empty net for the 6-4 final.

Stock finished with 25 saves while Zilis had 13.

Yale returns to action on Friday at 3:00 against No. 1 Mercyhurst at Ingalls Rink.

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