PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women’s hockey team was defeated by the UConn Huskies, 5-2. Theresa Knutson recorded a hat trick to lift the Huskies over the Friars. Providence moves to 8-15-1 (4-9-1 WHEA) and UConn improves to 9-9-5 (5-6-3 WHEA).
The Friars took a boarding penalty 20 seconds into the period and killed the penalty, but only seconds later UConn found the back of the net with a goal from Kelly Harris. The Huskies struck a second time four minutes later, with a goal from Leah Lum.
The Friars created offensive opportunities, registering eight shots on net in the period. With just under six minutes remaining in the period Providence went on a power play and rushed the puck into the Husky zone. Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Manitoba) moved the puck to Lexi Romanchuk (San Jose, Calif.) along the inside of the blue line. Romanchuk put a shot on net, where Blair Parent (Anoka, Minn.) tapped in her second goal of the year.
Providence evened the score at two, mid-way through the second period after continued offensive pressure. Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) dropped the puck for Carels who took a hard shot just above the tops of the circles that cleanly beat UConn’s Elaine Chuli.
The Friars found themselves in penalty trouble, playing a five-on-three with 4:45 left in the second period. The Huskies quickly capitalized with a power play goal from Theresa Knuston. After the goal, Providence killed the remaining 1:47 left on the second penalty and closed the second period down 3-2.
UConn’s Knutson collected two third period goals, the first at 15:11 and the second at 13:32 to complete a hat trick and finalize the score at 5-2.
The Friars are back in action at 3:00 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Boston, Mass. to face Boston University.
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