Jan. 25, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the first time in 10 games, the Friars strayed from the current trend of alternating wins and losses as they traveled to Boston and upended the Terriers, 2-1. Providence saw goals from Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) and Katy Beach (Cleveland, Ohio) while Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ont.) denied 23 shots to earn her 12th victory of the season. The Friars now stand at 14-10-2 (9-3-1 HE) while Boston University falls to 11-9-5 (8-6-0 HE).
With the victory, Providence leaps UConn and now stands tied for second in Hockey East with New Hampshire.
BU opened the scoring at 7:51 after a series of shots from in close on the power-play. PC took a penalty at 5:50 and failed to send the puck deep enough to get a line change, forcing the original four defenders to withstand the entire two-minute attack. As the power-play expired, Erin Seman put home a rebound after a shot from Caroline Bourdeau.
Providence evened the score at 19:19 after a well executed exchange between Colleen Martin (Woburn, Mass.) and Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) at the top of the left faceoff circle. Ruff, skating from the BU goal line, dropped the puck onto the stick of Martin as she skated along the left boards. Martin sent a pass into the low slot to senior Steph Morris (South Burlington, VT.). Morris's shot was saved by BU netminder Melissa Haber but sophomore Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) was able to put home the rebound by the right post for her third goal of the season.
The two teams went into the locker rooms tied, 1-1, with both teams putting eight shots on net.
The Friars almost took the lead at 4:10 of the second as Ruff came storming out of the penalty box, picked up a loose puck and headed towards the BU cage on a breakaway. Ruff tried to slide the puck through the five-hole but Haber was up for the call to keep the score tied, 1-1. The Friar attack would not be held in check for long, however, as they took the lead for good at 6:11 after a great display of skill from Beach on the power-play. Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ont.) picked off a pass at the BU blue line and found Beach streaking into the slot from the left faceoff circle. Beach took the puck from her forehand and slid it on her backhand before pulling the puck across the crease with her forehand and sliding it past the left pad of Haber for her second goal of the weekend, her eighth overall.
Providence continued its offensive surge at 7:48 as freshman Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) came through the right faceoff circle and dragged the puck through the legs of a BU defender before sending a quick wrist shot that was saved with an even quicker glove by Haber.
Lacasse was called into action at 19:28 as BU's Tara Watchorn fired a slap shot towards the upper left corner. Lacasse made the save with the left shoulder to close out the period. After 40 minutes of action, the two teams remained tied with 15 shots each with Providence ahead on the scoreboard, 2-1.
The third started with Providence executing a strong fore-check, keeping the BU offense at bay for the first five minutes of the period. The Friars earned a power-play at 5:10 and nearly increased the lead as captain Brittany Simpson (Barrie, Ont.) sent a slap shot from the point. The rebound fell in front, forcing Haber to make another quick save on the Kate Bacon follow-up.
The third period wound down until 18:39 as the Friars took a penalty, giving the Terriers a six-on-four advantage as they pulled Haber for the extra-attacker in a replay of the last meeting when BU scored with only 11 seconds remaining to tie the game. BU had several tips from right in front but the Friar defense held strong to preserve the 2-1 victory. The Friar defense was spectacular in the final minutes, limiting the BU rebounds in front.
Lacasse finished the game with 23 saves while Haber denied 20 PC attempts.
The Friars are next in action when they host #8/9 Connecticut in Schneider Arena on Saturday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m.
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