The women’s hockey team was swept on the road this weekend, losing 9-1 to No. 7 Brown on Friday and 8-0 to No. 2 Harvard on Saturday. The Red (0-5-1, 0-5-1 ECAC) was only able to score one goal on the weekend, as the Bears (3-3-1, 2-1-0) and the Crimson (5-1-0, 4-0-0) dominated both games.
On Friday, Brown opened the scoring in the first period, when Katie Lafleur notched two goals in the first nine minutes of the game. The Red would answer back with a goal of its own, as junior Briana Jentner scored her first goal of the season, with assists going to junior Anita Khar and senior captain Brooke Bestwick. Bestwick leads the Red in scoring with one goal and two assists.
The Bears would extend its lead late in the period, after Courtney Johnson and Keaton Zucker each found the back of the net to put Brown up 4-1 going into the first intermission. Senior goalie Sanya Sandahl made 21 saves in the period, as the Red was outshot 25 to five.
Jessica Link put one past Sandahl in the opening minute of the second period on a Brown power play, and Zucker added another tally at 8:27 to put Brown up 6-1. Freshman Flora Vineberg took over for Sandahl in goal shortly after the sixth goal, and stopped all nine shots she faced in the remainder of the period.
“[Flora] came into the game in a tough situation, and she closed the door [on Brown] for the second period. She looked comfortable and focused, and it was great to see her in net,” said head coach Melody Davidson.
Johnson found the back of the net 17 seconds into the third period for her second goal of the game. Katie Guay added a goal of her own less than a minute later to put the Bears up 8-1. The Red defense held firm, keeping the remainder of the game scoreless until the final eight seconds, when Margaret Ramsay beat Vineberg for Brown’s ninth goal.
“Brown was playing the European Torpedo System, so they were coming at us from every direction. We weren’t mentally read for them, but we can play much better hockey,” said Davidson. “Sanya and Flo were solid in net, they just didn’t have a lot of help up front.”
Sandahl finished the game with 28 saves and Vineberg stopped 22 in her first collegiate game, as Brown outshot the Red 59-14. Pam Dreyer, who was named ECAC Goaltender of the Week last week, had seven saves in the first two periods, as Katie Germain came in for the third period and made six saves.
The Red would face an even tougher challenge in Harvard on Saturday in Cambridge. Jennifer Botterill scored 16 seconds into the game from the slot on a feed from Pamela van Reesema, but the Red would shut down Harvard’s offense for the remainder of the period, as Sandahl stopped 16 shots.
“The team I expected on the ice was there against Harvard. There was a bit of hesitancy after the first shift because of Harvard’s Olympian line,” remarked Davidson. “We were able to rebound and battle them hard. The Jentner-Khar-Nerenberg line played great.”
Botterill scored another goal 27 seconds into the second period, and notched her third hat trick of the season five minutes later on a backhander to put the Crimson up 3-0. Mina Pell continued the scoring for Harvard in the second period, deflecting a Jennifer Skinner shot at 10:06 and finding the back of the net at 17:43.
Harvard continued to roll in the third period, with Angela Ruggiero notching her fifth goal of the season at 4:45. Botterill would net her fourth goal of the game a minute later, and Jennifer Raimondi finished out the scoring at 9:20.
The Crimson’s Olympian line accounted for nine points and five goals in the game. Sandahl stopped 39 shots on the night, and Jennifer Ruddock earned the shutout for Harvard, making nine saves.
“Sanya played a great game against Harvard. [Harvard] was scoring TV goals, and Sanya made some great saves in the first period,” said Davidson.
The Red will hit the road again next weekend as it travels to Storrs, Conn. to face Connecticut on Saturday, before traveling to Boston to take on Boston College on Sunday. The icers’ return home on Dec. 8 for a 2 p.m. contest against Niagara.
Archived article by Jonathan Auerbach