Jan. 24, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. - No. 9 Providence College women's hockey unloaded for six goals today in a 6-3 defeat over Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Freshman Jessica Vella (Pickering, Ontario) scored the game winner midway through the third period. Junior forward Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) extended her point streak to seven games and Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) made 23 saves to improve the Friars to 12-7-8 (8-3-4-2 WHEA). Boston College falls to 5-12-9 (4-8-4-4 WHEA).
In a game with 17 combined penalties and seven infractions against the Friars in the third period alone, Providence was able to net six goals to move into first place in Hockey East. Providence has now won seven-straight games, the longest such streak since PC went 10-0 to close out the 2002-03 season.
PC came out strong in the opening minutes and nearly took the lead just 50 seconds into the game. Junior Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) hit the left post after a save on a shot from Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) at the top of the crease.
Providence got on the board first at 9:14 when Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) fired home a slap shot from the high slot midway through a PC power-play. Providence cycled the puck along the left corner with sophomores Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) connecting on passes to set up Yung in the slot. The goal was Yung's fourth of the season. Cottrell and Veharanta earned their 14th and ninth assists on the play, respectively.
Providence held an 8-5 edge in shots going into the locker room after 20 minutes.
O'Neill gave PC a 2-0 lead at 8:42 of the second when she crashed the net and stuffed home a loose puck in the crease following a tipped shot in front by freshman Jessica Cohen (Anchorage, Alaska). Sophomore Christie Jensen (Delta, B.C.) initiated the play with a slap-shot from the right point. The goal was O'Neill's ninth of the season as she extends her point streak to seven games. Cohen earned her 10th assist with Jensen registering her third assist on the year.
The Friars added a third at 11:12 with a power-play goal from Jennifer Friedman (San Gabriel, Calif.). Friedman received a cross-ice pass from Ruff and fired a slap shot into the net for her third goal of the season. The assist was Ruff's 12th. Cohen also assisted on the play, earning her 11th on the year and second of the game.
BC closed the game to two after a flurry of penalties gave the Eagles a four-on-three advantage. BC defender Blake Bolden put home a slap shot from the left point at 7:21 to make it 3-1. The Friars regained the three-goal cushion when Vella lifted a backhand over the right pad of BC goaltender Corinne Boyles at 11:36 for the game winner.
The back-and-forth action continued as PC was called for another penalty at 11:53. Boston College forward Allie Thunstrom capitalized on the man-advantage at 12:46 to make the score 4-2 in favor of Providence.
Ruff and Cottrell added late third period goals to make it 6-2 and BC forward Danielle Welch added another power-play goal with 1:25 remaining to make the final score 6-3.
Boyles finished with 19 saves while Lacasse recorded 23 on the day to earn the victory.
Providence is in action next when it hosts Vermont on Friday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on COX Sports TV in Rhode Island
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