Feb. 6, 2010
BOSTON, MASS. - No. 10 Providence College women's hockey traveled to No. 7 Northeastern and earned a 2-1 victory at Matthews Arena today in Hockey East action. With the win Providence stands at (13-9-8, 9-4-4-2 HE) and moves into first place in the Hockey East standings with four games remaining. Northeastern (16-6-5, 8-5-4-3 HE) falls into a tie for second place with No. 8 Connecticut. Freshman Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.) and sophomore Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) scored for Providence. Sophomore Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) made 32 saves in net.
In a battle between two top-10 teams and the top two squads in Hockey East, Providence College manufactured a crucial come-from-behind victory to move into first place in the league standings. Ashley Cottrell and Nicole Anderson netted unassisted goals in the third period as PC outshot Northeastern, 26-17, after the first 20 minutes. Anderson gave PC the game winner with only 2:41 remaining with a breakaway finished into the left side of the net.
Northeastern opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:46 from Lindsey Berman. Berman put a shot at the bottom of the right face-off circle past Lacasse with assists going to Alyssa Wohlfeiler and Katy Applin. Providence had a power-play at 6:22 but shots from sophomores Jennifer Friedman (San Gabriel, Calif.) and Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) were saved by Northeastern goaltender Leah Sulyma.
After one period, Northeastern was up, 1-0, outplaying the Friars and holding the edge in shots, 16-6.
The second period saw back and forth action which each team generating quality scoring chances. Sulyma thwarted an attempted PC two-on-one with a save on junior forward Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) at 12:02. Lacasse did the same four minutes later when Lindsay Berman's shot was forced wide during a NU rush. Neither team was able to score as the period ended with Northeastern still holding a 1-0 edge. Providence went 0-2 on the power-play in the period with Northeastern failing to score on three attempts. PC outshot the Huskies, 13-9, in the period.
PC finally broke through with a moment of individual brilliance from Cottrell at 10:54. Cottrell picked up a loose puck along the right wall in the neutral zone, stick-handled past two defenders at the blue line, before beating a defender in the NU zone and lifting a back-handed shot past Sulyma for her 13th goal of the season.
The Friars earned a five-on-three at 13:33 and almost made it 2-1 as Ruff and Cottrell both had shots saved from the top of the crease. The Huskies killed the two-man advantage but continued pressure from the Friars led to Anderson's breakaway at 17:19. Anderson stole the puck in the neutral zone and skated straight in on Sulyma before putting a wrist shot into the net, stick-side.
Northeastern pulled the goalie for the extra attacker but was unable to generate any shots as time expired with Providence ahead, 2-1.
Providence will prepare for a pair of games against No. 8 Connecticut this coming weekend. Connecticut stands tied for second in the league with Northeastern after today's games. PC will host UConn on Friday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. Providence will honor the senior class in a pregame ceremony. The two teams will face off again on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in Connecticut.
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