Feb. 15, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team fell 4-2 to Hockey East foe Boston University today (Feb. 15). The Friars and Terriers faced in Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass. With the loss, Providence moves its overall record to 11-20-0 on the season and 6-12-0 in Hockey East play.
Boston University was first on the board with a power-play goal at 11:56 of the first period. Kaleigh Fratkin fired a point shot that sophomore Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) deflected behind the net. The puck bounced off the boards behind the net to make its way out front on the other side, where Maddie Elia was waiting to put it in the open net. Sarah Lefort also assisted on the play.
At the end of the first period, the Friars trailed 1-0, but held the edge in shots 16-7. Providence also held the edge in the face-off circle, winning 15 out of 26 face-offs during the first period.
The Friars battled back to tie the game during the second period. Providence sustained offensive pressure and created a Terrier turnover in the slot. Junior Allison Micheletti (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) set a pic for classmate Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) as she walked onto the puck. Frade fired a clapper that made its way low past Terrier goaltender Kerrin Sperry off the post and into the back of the net. It was Frade's seventh goal of the season.
Lefort gave the Terriers their second lead of the game at 17:19 of the second period. Lefort was unassisted on the play after she stole the puck from a Friar defender by the goal line before turning and firing a puck high over the shoulder of Bryant.
Providence continued to fire away at Sperry, outshooting the Terriers 13-8 in the second period.
The Friars returned from intermission flying as they tied the game 12 seconds into the third period. Junior Victoria Virtue (Walpole, Mass.) fired a shot from the point after Frade won the offensive zone face-off to Micheletti, who moved the puck to Virtue at the point. Virtue's shot redirected off the Terrier defenseman's stick before rising over Sperry's shoulder and into the net. It was Virtue's second goal of the season, while Frade tallied her 15th assist and Micheletti notched her third.
Boston University reclaimed the lead at 11:57 of the period with a goal from Rebecca Russo. Russo received a pass from Louise Warren and quick sticked it into the net. Russo's ninth goal of the season would prove to be the eventual game-winner.
The Terriers extended their lead to 4-2 at 15:40 of the final period. Lefort stole the puck from the Friar defender before finding Taylor Holze at the top of the circle. Holze fired the puck low blocker side for her fourth goal of the season.
Providence pulled Bryant for the extra skater in the final 1:30 of regulation in a last effort to tie the game. The Friars created several chances but were unable to convert keeping the score 4-2 in favor of the Terriers.
The Friars finished their 31st game of the season with 41 shots on goal, compared to the Terriers 24. Providence held Boston University to single digit shots on goal in each period of play (7-9-8--24).
The Friars and Terriers will wrap-up the home-and-home series tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 15. Providence will play host to Boston University in its last regular season home game. The game also marks the Friars Annual Skating Strides against breast cancer game.
Following the conclusion of Sunday's game, Providence will be holding a Skate With The Friars and autograph session. Fans are encouraged to bring their skates and join the Friars in a fun filled time on the ice.
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