Women's Ice Hockey Falls 8-7 to No. 10 Northeastern

Freshman Molly Illikainen notched a career high four point game on two goals and two assists.

Jan. 20, 2013

Box Score

BOSTON, Mass. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team traveled to Boston, Mass. to take on No. 10 Northeastern in an afternoon match-up at Matthews Arena on Jan. 20. The Friars fell to the Huskies, 8-7. The loss moves the Friars overall record to 11-10-4 and their Hockey East record to 5-5-2. The Friars now trail their Hockey East series with the Huskies 0-1-0.

The first period saw the Huskies notch three unanswered goals before the Friars could get on the scoreboard. Freshman Courtney Kukowski (Apple Valley, Minn.) notched a goal at 14:35 of the first period to get the Friars on the board and close the Huskies lead to 3-1.

Northeastern put home a breakaway goal at 15:05 of the first period to again extend its lead to three goals. With the Huskies ahead 4-1, junior Maggie Pendleton (Woodbury, Minn.) fired a shot from the point at 17:13 to send the Friars into the first intermission trailing, 4-2.

Junior goaltender Nina Riley (Lexington, Mass.) ended the first period with 10 saves on 14 shots, while Huskie goaltender Kelsey O'Sullivan made four saves on six shots.

The high scoring action continued throughout the second period with each team notching three goals apiece. The Huskies started off the scoring for the second period with a goal at 4:27. Sophomore Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) answered for the Friars less than a minute later at 5:05 of the second period. Frade, Pendleton and freshman Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn) each notched their second point of the game on the play.

Minutes later the Huskie offense struck again at 7:45 of the second period, only to be answered by Illikainen at 9:45 of the second. Ilikainen and Frade both notched their third point of the game, while sophomore Suzie Lundeen (Minneapolis, Minn.) tallied her first point of the season on the play.



Each team closed out the second period with a power-play goal. The Huskies leading scorer Kendall Coyne, who tallied a four point game, put the puck past Riley with 3:45 left to play in the second period. It was Coyne's seventh power-play goal of the season. With her fourth point of the game Illikainen tallied a career high two goal game with 54 seconds remaining in the second period. It was Illikainen's 10th goal of the season and her third power-play goal.

At the end of two periods the Huskies were outshooting the Friars, 25-19. Riley finished the period with eight saves for a game total of 18 saves on 25 shots. During the second period Northeastern made a goalie change, putting in sophomore Chloe Desjardins, who finished out the period with six saves.

The Friars had a strong third period finish, outscoring the Huskies, 2-1. Freshman Lexi Romanchuk (San Jose, Calif.) tallied a power-play goal at 6:16 of the third period to notch her third goal on the season. The Friars added on another to bring the score to 8-7 at 10:23 of the third period off a power-play goal from junior Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.). Morse earned a career high three point game with the goal.

Freshman goaltender Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) entered the game for the Friars at the start of the third period. Bryant made five saves on six shots during the third period. The Friars outshot the Huskies 32-31 in the loss.

The game marked the highest scoring game this season for the Friars. Eleven different Friars found their names on the score sheet, with five collecting a multi-point game. Seven different players matched career highs, while four broke their previous career high.

The Friars are back in action Jan. 26 and 27 when they close out the month of January with two home games. The Friars will face Boston College on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2:00 p.m. in their annual Skating Strides game. The Friars will close out the weekend home series with the Maine Black Bears on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m.


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