Brown Denies Yale, 3-1

Brown Denies Yale, 3-1

Jan. 24, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two third-period goals propelled Brown to a 3-1 win over Yale Tuesday night at Ingalls Rink. Goalie O'Hara Shipe made 25 saves and Margaret Ramsay had two goals for the Bears. Deena Caplette had Yale's only goal, while Sarah Love made 27 saves.

The start of the game was delayed 20 minutes because Brown was stuck in traffic. The Bears (10-8-2, 8-2-1 ECACHL) controlled play for much of the first period, but got only one past Love. Seven minutes in, Ramsay was wide open for a rebound chance, but a sprawled-out Love got her glove back just in time to snatch the shot out of the air. A minute later Hayley Moore had a golden opportunity for a backhander in front of the net but Love stopped that one as well.

Brown finally broke through off a turnover after a faceoff in the neutral zone, as Ramsay knocked in the rebound of Lindsey Glennon's shot at 9:26. Love made several more key stops to keep the score 1-0 at the first intermission.

The Bulldogs (5-10-3, 2-5-2 ECACHL) fought back in the second period. Twenty-five seconds in, Caplette raced into the Brown zone with a defender draped all over her. She used one hand to fight off her Bear antagonist and the other to slide the puck past Shipe for an unassisted goal that tied the score.

Yale had its first two penalties of the game in the second but kept Brown at bay. Caplette blocked the lone Bear shot on the first one, gathering the puck at her feet and clearing it. On the next Brown power play, 12:30 into the period, the Bears celebrated momentarily thinking they had knocked a rebound of a shot from the point past Love. But Love was able to cover it up, and Danielle Kozlowski finished the penalty kill in dramatic fashion by diving to the ice to block another Brown blast.

Shipe made a nice save on Maggie Westfal 14:30 in and covered the rebound just before the Yale forward could get to it. Her glove save on Nina Resor's shot from the point kept the score tied at one entering the third period.

The game turned early in the third after a faceoff in the Yale zone. Love was able to stop Glennon's shot, but Ramsay snuck the rebound past her at 2:58 for a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs got a power play just over a minute later when Myria Heinhuis kneed Sarah Tittman, but Yale was unable to capitalize and ended the power play early by getting whistled for checking.

Love stopped Ramsay on a breakaway eight minutes in, covering the puck with her pads and forcing a faceoff. She then made a nice glove save on a shot from the right circle by Ashlee Drover.

The Bears put the game out of reach with Moore's unassisted goal with 5:11 to play. Yale pulled Love with 2:54 left and kept up the offensive pressure, but Shipe deflected away a Crysti Howser blast, then covered up a loose puck in the crease with 1:09 to play. A Brown defender fell on another loose puck in the crease to break up a Yale flurry in the final seconds.

"I thought we played hard," Yale head coach Hilary Witt said. "We just are not good enough to not do the little things. They scored their goals off faceoffs. Our kids always work hard. I can't fault their effort, but we need to understand situations better."

Yale returns to action Friday night against Colgate at 7 p.m.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity