NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -
The Providence College women’s ice hockey team defeated the Merrimack Warriors, 4-3, in overtime on Feb. 12. The Friars entered the third period down 3-0 and scored four unanswered goals to win in overtime. The Friars improve to 15-14-3 (10-9-3 HE) and Merrimack moves to 10-19-3 (6-16-0 HE).
Merrimack took the lead at 13:14 of the first period with a power play tally from Jessica Bonfe.
In the first period the Friars recorded eight shots on goal while Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) made 13 saves.
Merrimack extended their lead to 3-0 in the second period when Katelyn Rae scored a power play goal at 3:33 and Page Sorensen scored at 8:58 on a 4-on-4.
Myers made 11 saves in the second period.
Providence finally got on the board at 10:34 when Madison Sansone (Lockport, N.Y) circled the offensive zone and found Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Manitoba) in the high slot for a one-timer to beat Merrimack’s Lea-Kristine Demers’ five hole.
Less than three minutes later the Sansone-Carels duo struck again. Sansone fed Carels on the back post for her 18th goal of the season. Avery Fransoo (North Battleford, Saskatchewan) also assisted on the play.
Despite taking a penalty with 4:42 remaining in the game, the Friars scored with 1:08 to play with the extra-attacker. Sansone collected her third point of the game on a feed from Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario). Boquist found Sansone at the back door from across the slot. Sansone lifted the puck past Demers’ pad and into the back of the net to knot the game 3-3.
The Friars found themselves in overtime for the third time in their last four games. At 1:53 Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia) sent the puck towards the front of the net and into a scrum. Blair Parent (Blaine, Minn.) gave the puck to Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) to shoot past Demers and give the Friars’ their first overtime win of the season.
Myers finished the game with 34 saves.
The win marks Head Coach Bob Deraney's 154th Hockey East win, breaking New Hampshire's Brian McCloskey's record (153).
The Friars are back in action on Feb. 18 at Schneider Arena for a 2:00 p.m. puck drop against Boston College. The game will also honor the program’s graduating seniors.
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