Jan. 29, 2012
STORRS, CONN. - Providence College senior Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) broke the school record for career wins Sunday, as the Providence College Women's Ice Hockey team defeated host UConn Sunday, 5-2, at the Freitas Ice Forum.
It was Lacasse's 59th career victory, one more than the the previous mark held by Friar great Jana Bugden '07.
Lacasse and the Friars benefitted from a pair of two-goal efforts, as senior Abby Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) and freshman Beth Hanrahan Poolesville, Md.) each netted a pair. Junior Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.) earned the other PC score.
For the eighth consecutive game, Providence took the first lead. At 2:212 of the first period, senior Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) won a face-off to the left of the UConn net and put a shot on goal. After an initial save, Anderson slipped the rebound between the netminder's pads for her third of the year.
Connecticut answered at 5:07 of the first, courtesy a Maggie Walsh score on a rebound. Providence regained the edge just over ten minutes later. At 16:29, sophomore Jessica Vella carried through the neutral zone and dumped in. The puck took a strange hop off a stanchion and into the slot where a charging Gauthier one-timed home her sixth of the season. The teams went into the first intermission with the score 2-1, Friars.
The Huskies tallied the lone goal of the middle period. At 18:14, UConn freshman Sarah MacDonnell banged home her own rebound from the left of the crease to knot the game, 2-2.
A terrific individual effort by Hanrahan regained the advantage at 3:32 of the third, as the freshman stick-handled through multiple Huskies before depositing her seventh goal of the season and the eventual game winner.
The remainder of the third period was filled with several UConn scoring chances until Hanrahan wrestled momentum away for good, deflecting home a Jen Friedman (San Gabriel, Calif.) blast from the point at 17:52.
Gauthier added her second of the game with just six seconds remaining in regulation. The winger warded off a defender with one-hand and feathered home an empty-netter from the slot to round out the scoring at 5-2.
Lacasse halted 32 shots, including one hard deflection that caught her in the mask late in the second period, and a brilliant stick check to stifle a breakaway with less than two minutes to play in the third.
UConn split goaltending duties. Sophomore Nicole Paniccia stopped 15 shots. Senior Alexandra Garcia saved 4.
Providence returns to action on Saturday, February 4, when they visit #4 Boston College. Face-off at Conte Forum is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The Friars next home game is Friday, February 17 when they welcome #7 Northeastern to Schneider Arena at 7 p.m. The game will serve as the Senior Day celebration as Providence honors the Class of 2012.
Tickets are available by calling (401) 865 GO PC or by visiting Friars.com.
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