Feb. 14, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women's hockey team traveled to No. 5 New Hampshire and fell by a score of 4-1. Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.) scored for providence but it wasn't enough as the Friars saw their overall record fall to 16-14-2 (11-7-1 HE). With the loss, PC now stands at fifth in the conference, just two points behind UConn and Boston University. The third and fourth place teams host the opening round of the Hockey East Tournament.
Looking to avenge the 3-2 loss from the night before, Providence came out with intentions of being the aggressor but the Friars took the first penalty of the game at 3:21. UNH would capitalize with 33 seconds remaining on the man-advantage when Kelly Paton put home the first goal of the game while stationed at the right post. The goal, her 19th tally of the season, was assisted by Sam Faber and Kacey Bellamy.
Providence would have a chance to respond when UNH took a hooking penalty at 14:08. Just 16 seconds into the man-advantage, assistant captain Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ont.) took a shot from the left point that was saved by Wildcat netminder Lindsey Minton. The rebound fell to the left post where Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) corralled the puck before sending a pass in front that freshman Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.) put home for her eighth goal of the season, her second in as many nights. Normore and Ruff earned their 15th and ninths assists on the play, respectively. Neither team was able to score as time ran out on the first period. After one, with the score tied at 1-1, freshman goalie Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ont.) had made six saves with Minton denying four shots.
Providence came out for the second and nearly took the lead just 15 seconds in when Bacon fired a shot from the left face off circle. The puck took an awkward deflection off a UNH stick but Minton came up with a reaction save to keep the score tied, 1-1. The two teams traded shots for the next eight minutes before PC took a penalty at 8:23. With two seconds remaining, Bellamy found time in the slot and sent a slap shot towards the upper left corner that was headed for the back of the net had it not been for a shoulder save from Lacasse.
After a long series of back and forth action, UNH would take their second lead of the game at 13:58 with another power-play strike from Paton with Bellamy assisting on the play. UNH would double the lead at 17:26 when Kelly Cahill took a shot from the high slot. Lacasse made the initial save but Angela Taylor poked the loose puck away from her grasp before Jenn Wakefield put home her 27th goal of the season.
Providence went into the locker room down, 3-1, with UNH leading in shots, 16-10.
The Friars, down two at the start of the period, were able to keep a steady stream of possession for the opening three minutes but attempts by Bacon and Jean O'Neill (Starfford, Pa.) were blocked or saved. It would only take one opportunity for UNH to go up 4-1 as Jenn Wakefield put home her second goal of the game on a breakaway at 3:45 with the assist going to Bellamy.
Providence looked to close the gap with a five-on-three advantage for over a minute at 6:53 but Minton came up with the necessary saves to keep the score at 4-1 in favor of the Wildcats.
The time ran down in the third as the Friars were unable to find the back of the net. Lacasse finished the game with 16 saves and falls to 14-10-0 on the season.
The Friars are in action next when they host No. 7 Boston College on Friday, February 20 at 4:00 p.m. in Schneider Arena. Providence will honor the six seniors, Mari Pehkonen, Danielle Ciarletta, Steph Morris, assistant captains Erin Normore and Katy Beach, and captain Brittany Simpson.
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