Feb. 7, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's hockey team traveled to Northeastern and fell by a score of 3-2. The Friars saw goals from seniors Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland) and Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ont.) but ran into a hot goalie, dropping their overall record to 16-12-2 (11-5-1 HE). Northeastern improves to 11-15-3 (6-10-1 HE).
The Friars, hot off a 3-2 overtime victory in Schneider Area last night that saw PC outshoot Northeastern 56-24, jumped on top at 3:39 with a goal from Normore. Normore skated along the left corner and sent a pass behind the net to sophomore Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.). Normore cycled back towards the slot before receiving a pass from O'Neill and sending the puck past the right pad of NU netminder Florence Schelling. The goal was the eighth of the season for Normore while O'Neill earned her second assist of the year.
At 17:16, PC netminder Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ont.) was called into action after a turnover behind the PC cage. The puck slid out in front of the Providence net before Alyssa Wohlfeiler sent a shot headed towards the top corner had it not been for the quick glove of Lacasse. With only five seconds remaining on the clock and the Friars down a player, Pehkonen came in all alone on Schelling but her backhand was denied with an impressive glove save to keep the score at 1-0 in favor of Providence.
After one period, the Friars held the advantage in shots, 12-4.
Neither team was able to create any solid scoring opportunities until the 9:30 mark when Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) sent a pass from the blue line down through the slot to Pehkonen stationed at the right post. Schelling was able to kick out the left pad to make the save and keep the score at 1-0.
At 14:04, immediately following a PC power-play, Huskie defender Julia Marty picked up a loose puck at the top of the left face off circle before sending a wrister that handcuffed Lacasse to even the score at 1-1.
Through two periods, the Friars were in control of the play due to a series of Northeastern penalties, but the Huskies' penalty-kill, ranked first in conference play at 90%, kept PC at bay having killed off five infractions.
After 40 minutes, Providence held a significant advantage in shots, 27-8, but Schelling handled the heavy workload, keeping Northeastern in the game and the score at 1-1.
Providence kept up the pressure at the start of the third and nearly took the lead if not for an impressive reaction save by the glove of Schelling. Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) redirected a shot by Brittany Simpson (Barrie, Ont.) that was headed for the back of the net before Schelling managed to reach behind her head to keep PC at bay, yet again.
NU would take the lead (2-1) at 9:50 when Kristi Kehoe tipped a shot from the blue line by Kasey Cedorchuk. The puck lifted over the head of Lacasse before landing in the crease and trickling into the cage.
Providence continued to pressure the Northeastern defense and it looked as though PC evened the score at 12:10 but a Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) slap shot from the high slot rang off the cross bar and fell straight down, onto the outstretched pads of Schelling. The Friars' puck possession in the Huskies' zone would pay off at 14:25 when Pehkonen skated from the right half-wall and put a low shot on Schelling. The rebound came into the slot and Pehkonen sent a shot into the top left corner to knot the score at 2-2.
The deadlock wouldn't last, however, as Northeastern's Ali Bielwaski stick handled through the PC zone and put a backhanded shot through the five-hole of Lacasse at 16:19 for the game-winner. Assists on the play went to Cedorchuk and Lindsay Berman.
The Friars would have their chances as time wound down as Northeastern took a penalty at 18:00. Providence pulled the goalie for a six-on-four two-man advantage but Schelling came up with save after save to preserve the 3-2 victory.
Lacasse finished with 12 saves and sees her overall record drop to 14-9-0 while Schelling stopped 42 shots to improve to 5-8-1. On the weekend, Schelling made 95 saves in a pair of impressive performances.
The Friars are in action next when they finish the season series with New Hampshire in a crucial home-and-home matchup. Providence will host UNH in Schneider Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 13, before traveling to the Whittemore Center on Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. contest.
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