Jan. 9, 2011
BOSTON, MASS. - Boston University's Holly Lorms scored with just 54.7 seconds remaining in regulation and the No. 3 Terriers defeated No 8/9 Providence College women's ice hockey, 4-3 in a thriller Sunday at Walter Brown Arena.
Prior to the game-winner, Friar freshman Nina Riley (Lexington, Mass.) made 17, often spectacular, third-period saves to preserve the tie.
The game started with Boston University breaking through first. At the 15:01 mark of the opening period, Terrier Junior Jenn Wakefield fired a shot home from just left of the doorstep for the 1-0 edge. PC answered moments later, when junior defenseman Christie Jensen (Delta, B.C.) found senior co-captain Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) in the slot. O'Neill turned and scored above the goalie's shoulder for her fourth of the season and a 1-1 hockey game.
BU struck once more before the end of the frame, with sophomore Katheryn Miller trailing on a 2-on-1 break-in, collecting a loose puck and converting for the 2-1 host advantage heading into the first intermission.
The Friars controlled play in the second period, outshooting the Terriers 13 to 10. Providence knotted the game, 2-2, at the 12:46 mark of the middle period. Jensen pinched in from her defensive position, gained control in the right corner, and fed O'Neill in the slot. Again, O'Neill went top-shelf for her second of the game.
After several minutes of Friar pressure, BU responded when Lorms banged home a shot from in tight for the 3-2 edge. But with just 32 seconds remaining in the period, PC junior Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) stole the puck in front of the BU goal, skated in alone, and scored with a forehand for a 3-3 tie.
Then came Riley's heroics. Playing in her second collegiate game, the lanky freshman stopped seven, point-blank Terrier bids in a furious span midway through the third period. Finally, with just under a minute to play, Lorms collected the puck at the right side of a pile-up in front of the Friar goal. The senior captain calmly slid the puck around the chaos and into the back of the net.
Riley, who played the second and third periods, finished the game with 26 saves. Senior Christina England (Wareham, Mass.) also played a strong first period, stopping 12 shots.
The Friars return to action this Friday, January 14, with a visit to New Hampshire. Face-off in Durham is scheduled for 7 p.m. The same programs meet again in Providence on Saturday, January 15. The puck will drop at Schneider Arena at 7 p.m., and tickets are available by calling the PC ticket office at 401 865 GOPC.
- Go Friars -
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