Feb. 19, 2012
BOSTON, MASS. - Despite a goal from senior Ashley Cottrell and furious third period pressure, the Providence College women's hockey team was edged by #7 Northeastern, 2-1, Sunday at Matthews Arena.
The decision puts the wraps on the 2011-12 regular season. The Friars had already secured home-ice advantage for the quarterfinal round of the Hockey East tournament an will host Maine on Saturday, February 25. Face-off at Schneider Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. and tickets are available by calling (401) 865 GO PC or by visiting Friars.com.
With Sunday's victory, the Huskies earned the conference regular season title and the top seed in the tourney.
NU took a 1-0 lead at 4:50 of the first period, courtesy a Brittany Esposito one-timer from the slot. The Huskies added to the cushion just 23 seconds into the second period. Junior Casey Picket stood just in front of the Friar goal and redirected home a feed between the goaltender's pads for the eventual game winner and the 2-0 Northeastern advantage.
Providence responded at 9:53 of the middle period with a power play strike. Sophomore Maggie Pendleton's (Woodbury, Minn.) slapshot from the right point was deflected home by Cottrell. The goal, which ricocheted in over the goalie's shoulder, was Cottrell's 14th of the season and the 97th point of her career.
Providence had several outstanding chances in the third period but could get the equalizer past Northeastern senior goalie Florence Schelling. For the second straight game, Schelling locked up in a duel with Friar senior goalie Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario). Lacasse finished with 24 saves, Schelling with 29.
As for next weekend's playoff match-up, Providence and the Black Bears split the regular season series. The teams tied, 3-3, on November 5. The Friars then took round, two, erupting for seven goals en route to a 7-4 victory on November 6. Both contests were played at Schneider.
In the third meeting, played in Orono, Maine, the Black Bears earned a 3-2, overtime victory despite 38 saves by Lacasse.
- Go Friars -
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