Feb. 19, 2010
BURLINGTON, VT. - Providence College women's hockey (14-10-9, 10-5-5-3 HE) moved two points ahead of UConn and UNH in the Hockey East standings as it traveled to Burlington, Vt. and defeated the University of Vermont (10-21-1, 5-14-1-0 HE), 4-2. Junior Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) netted a pair of goals, including the game winner, to lead the Friars. Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) recorded 21 saves to earn the victory. Providence remains in contention to host the Hockey East Championship with today's victory.
After a slow start in which it took Providence over 11 minutes to put a shot on net, Jean O'Neill and sophomore Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) were both able to power the offense and register their 50th career points.
It took Providence 11:38 to put the opening shot on net and the Friars made the most of their first chance as freshman Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.) finished a breakaway into the top-left corner for her 11th goal of the season. Sophomore Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) lifted a pass through the neutral zone to free Anderson at the red line. Lauren Covell (Akron, Ohio) started the play with a pass from the PC defensive zone to Cottrell. The assists were Cottrell's 16th and Covell's eighth. With that assist, Cottrell earned her 50th career point as a Friar.
UVM held a 6-4 edge in shots after one period but Providence held the edge on the scoreboard, 1-0.
Lacasse was forced into action only 20 seconds into the second period. After a Friar turnover behind the PC net, Vermont's Lindsey Cashman found herself all alone in front but Lacasse denied her back-handed attempt with a pad save.
Vermont continued the pressure and evened the score with a power-play goal at 11:03. UVM forward Emily Walsh slapped home a rebound following a scramble in front of the PC cage. Erin Wente assisted on the play.
Providence regained the lead at 13:25 when Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) took a pass from Leigh Riley at the UVM blue line and deked past the UVM goaltender before sliding a backhand into the bottom left corner. The goal was O'Neill's 11th with Riley tallying her fourth assist on the year. With the goal, O'Neill also earned her 50th point as a Friar.
Vermont held an 18-11 edge in shots after two periods with providence ahead , 2-1.
UVM added a second power-play goal just 32 seconds into the third period. Chelsea Furlani fired a slap-shot from the right point to even the score at 2-2. PC immediately answered back to take the lead for good at 1:01 to make it 3-2 when O'Neill netted her second of the game and 12th of the season. O'Neill skated behind the UVM net and sent a pass in front that deflected off the UVM goalie and into the back of the net. Jessica Cohen (Anchorage, Alaska) earned her 13th assist on the play.
PC junior Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) added an insurance goal to make it 4-2 at 17:09 when she lifted a shot from the right face-off circle into the left side of the net for her 12th goal of the season. Freshman Jessica Vella (Pickering, Ontario) earned her sixth assist of the season as she created a turnover in the neutral zone that led to Ruff's wrist shot.
Lacasse finished the game with 21 saves while Vermont goaltender Kristen Olychuck stopped 16 shots.
The two teams will finish the regular season on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in Gutterson Fieldhouse. With a victory tomorrow, the Friars are guaranteed a bye in the 2010 Hockey East Tournament and can host the Tournament depending on the results around the league.
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