Feb. 12, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. - Four different Friars scored as the Providence College women's ice hockey team defeated host New Hampshire, 4-2, Sunday at the Whittemore Center.
Providence has now won five consecutive games, the team's longest win streak this season.
For the tenth straight contest, the Friars scored first, this time with the help of a fortuitous deflection. At 13:00 of the first period, junior Jessica Vella (Pickering, Ontario) fired a wrist shot from the left circle. The attempt ricocheted off of a Wildcat skate and into the back of the net. It was Vella's eighth of the year.
Providence increased its advantage to 2-0 midway through the second period. At 10:03, Senior Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) made a sharp pass in traffic at the UNH blueline, sending freshman Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) into the attack zone. Frade's shot from the right was stopped by the right pad of UNH goalie Lindsey Minton, but the rebound found a trailing Veharanta, allowing the winger to slip home her tenth of the season.
UNH responded with back-to-back goals from leading scorer, junior Kristina Lavoie. At the 14:38 mark of the middle period, Wildcat Nicole Gifford forced a PC turnover to the right of the goal, then fed Lavoie in the slot. The game was knotted, 2-2 heading into the second intermission.
Then, 37 seconds into the third period, Lavoie capitalized on another deflection, banging home a tough angled shot off a Friar from the right of the crease.
Providence wrestled momentum back courtesy two strong efforts from sophomore Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.) At 4:16 of the third, the forward carried the puck into the offensive zone, cut hard into the slot and fired a shot underneath a sliding goalie for her 11th of the year.
At 9:50, Buie held the play behind the UNH net before hitting a charging Allison Micheletti (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) in the slot. The freshman then picked the top right corner for her third of the season, sealing the scoring at 4-2. .
Friar senior Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) made 19 saves to earn the victory in net. Minton halted 27 for UNH.
Providence returns to action on Friday, February 17 when it welcomes #7 Northeastern to Schneider Arena. Prior to the 7 p.m. face-off, Providence will honor the seven members of the class of 2012 with the Senior Day ceremony. Tickets are available by calling (401) 865 GO PC or by visiting Friars.com.
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