Jan. 19, 2014
ORONO, Maine - The Providence College women's ice hockey team fell 1-0 to the Maine Black Bears today (Jan. 19). With the loss, the Friars overall record moves to 10-15-0 overall and 5-7-0 in Hockey East play. It marks the first shutout for the Black Bears as the Friars took the Hockey East series with a 2-1-0 record over the course of the season.
The Black Bears were first on the board with a goal at 19:00 of the first period. Audra Richards walked a Friar defender before finding herself one-on-one with sophomore Friar goaltender Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.). Richards put the puck upstairs glove side on Bryant to give Maine a 1-0 at the end of the first period.
The Friars outshot the Black Bears 10-8 in the first period of play, with Byrant making seven saves and Maine goaltender Meghann Treacy stopping all 10.
The second period remained scoreless, with Maine outshooting Providence, 9-6, in the frame. Bryant made a breakaway save midway through the period as well as several stops in the final seconds of the period to finish with nine saves in the second and keep the Friars within one of the Black Bears.
Junior Beth Hanrahan (Poolesville, Md.) had big chance to tie the game for the Friars, when she stole the puck from a Maine player in the offensive zone and quickly turned to rip a shot that rang off the post at 15:16 of the second period.
Providence continued to battle but could not find a way to break Treacy as she finished the game with 27 saves. Bryant kept the Friars within striking distance throughout the entire game with 22 saves, including a big pad stop on a breakaway from Jennifer More during the final period.
The Friars pulled Bryant with 2:27 left in the game for the extra attacker in a final effort to tie the game. Providence generated several offensive chances but could not convert to send the game into overtime.
The Friars will continue with Hockey East play with a home-and-home series against the Connecticut Huskies. Providence and Connecticut will kick-off the two-game series at 2:00 p.m. in Storrs, Conn. at the Freitas Forum on Jan. 25 and conclude at Schneider Arena on Jan. 26 at 2:00 p.m.
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