Jan. 25, 2014
Storrs, Conn. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team fell 3-1 at Connecticut today (Jan. 25). With the loss, the Friars move their overall record to 10-16-0 and 5-8-0 in Hockey East. The Huskies sealed the Hockey East series win after defeating Providence twice this season. In the last ten games against Connecticut, the Friars are now 8-2-0 and 37-12-4 in the all-time series.
The Friars took an early 1-0 lead 28 seconds into the game. Providence took control off the opening face-off and entered the Huskies' defensive end before testing Connecticut goaltender Elaine Chuli three times before putting away the first goal of the game.
Juniors Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) and Beth Hanrahan (Poolesville, Md.) fought in the slot to regain possession of the puck after the Friars fired a shot on net. Hanrahan tipped the puck off her backhand to Frade, who left the puck for sophomore Brittney Thunstrom (Coon Rapids, Minn.) to walk onto. Thunstrom rang the puck off the post and past Chuli for her second goal of the season at 00:28 of the period. It was Frade and Hanrahan's 13th and ninth assists of the season, respectively.
Providence created a chance to add on to its lead just minutes later at the 2:26 mark of the first. Hanrahan found herself on a breakaway after flying by a Connecticut defender. Hanrahan fired a hard shot on net that Chuli was able to save to keep the game 1-0.
Sophomore Friar goaltender Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) kept the Friars in the lead heading into the second period with a breakaway save on Kayla Campero at 17:56 of the period. Bryant finished the period with three saves, as the Friars outshot the Huskies 15-3 in the first frame.
At 3:30 of the second period, Frade made a huge back-check play to negate a 2-on-1 play and keep the score tilted in favor of the Friars.
Connecticut tied the game at one apiece at 7:13 of the second period. Stephanie Rathby entered the Providence defensive end and fired a shot using the Providence defender as a screen. The puck found its way low past Bryant. Erin Burns notched the lone assist on the play.
The Huskies captured the lead at 15:12 of the second period with a power-play goal. Connecticut's Rachel Farrel fired a puck from just above the goal line and wide of the net that hit Bryant's inside pad and made its way in. Alice Hughes and Kiana Nauheim both tallied assists on the play.
Bryant made two additional breakaway saves against Campero during the second period to keep the Friars within striking distance heading into the third period.
Connecticut extended its lead to 3-1 at 1:25 of the third. Campero fired a shot on net from outside the near circle that made its way over Bryant's shoulder for her ninth goal of the season. Campero was assisted by Emily Snodgrass on the play.
Senior Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.) went end-to-end with the puck to find herself alone in front of Chuli. Morse took a low shot but Chuli stopped the attempt and keep the Friars scoreless in the third period.
Providence finished the game with 37 shots on goal to outshoot the Huskies 37-19. The Friars had two power-play opportunities but could not convert on either to regain the lead.
The Friars and Huskies will wrap-up the home-and-home series tomorrow (Jan.26) at Schneider Arena. The two programs will face-off at 2:00 p.m.
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