Jan. 16, 2010
DURHAM, N.H. - No. 9 Providence College women's hockey traveled to Durham, N.H. to face No. 3 UNH (13-3-4, 7-2-1 HE) and came away with a 3-2 victory. Junior Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) led the Friars (9-7-8, 5-3-4-2 HE) with two goals and an assist. Classmate Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) assisted on all three goals and sophomore Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) made 25 saves to record the victory.
For Providence, this marks the first season-series victory over the UNH since 2004-05 when PC finished the year, 2-1-1 against the Wildcats.
After UNH held the better of the play for the first eight minutes, based on a PC penalty at 2:23, Providence was able to generate some offensive production. The Friars opened the scoring at 10:43 when Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) poked a loose puck in the slot to freshman Jessica Cohen (Anchorage, Alaska). Cohen quickly wristed home her fifth goal of the season into the top left corner. O'Neill also assisted on the play. The assists were Ruff's ninth and O'Neill's 12th.
Lacasse came up with six saves in the opening 20 minutes while UNH goaltender Kayley Herman stopped 10 Friar shots in the period.
New Hampshire evened the scored just 2:13 into the second when Kristina Lavoie was able to beat Lacasse one-on-one with a deke at the top of the crease. Providence regained the lead with an O'Neill power-play goal at 7:33. O'Neill found her way towards the back post before Ruff slid a pass through the slot that O'Neill one-timed past the blocker of Herman. The goal was O'Neill's sixth of the season while Ruff and Yung earned their 10th and seventh assists, respectively.
Lacasse kept the Friars ahead for the rest of the second period with several impressive saves including a sliding left-pad save at the left post at 9:51. The two teams exchanged goals in the second with UNH outshooting Providence, 10-5, for the period and 16-15 overall.
After 19 minutes of back-and-forth play in the third, UNH pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and O'Neill was able to capitalize at 19:08 with her second goal of the game with Ruff earning her third assist of the game, 11th overall, and sophomore Jennifer Friedman San Gabriel, Calif.) registering her sixth assist of the season. The action wasn't over yet, however, as UNH forward Julie Allen quickly scored 12 seconds after the face-off to make it 3-2. The Wildcats had two more shots in the final 40 seconds but Lacasse and the Friar defense held strong to earn the victory.
After today's game, Ruff now has multiple points in five of the last seven games (4G, 7A) while O'Neill is riding a four-game point streak with four goals and five assists.
The two teams will travel to Providence for 2:00 p.m. game at Schneider Arena to finish the season series. For ticket information, call 401-865-GOPCPC.
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