Feb. 21, 2014
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team fell, 2-1, to the Vermont Catamounts at the Gutterson Field House today (Feb. 21). The Friars overall record moves to 11-22-0 and 6-14-0 in Hockey East play. With the loss, the Friars lost the three-game Hockey East series 0-2-0 to Vermont and moves the all-time series record to 26-7-1 in favor of Providence.
Providence was first on the board with a goal from sophomore Lexi Slattery (Lino Lakes, Minn.) at 14:36 of the first period. Slattery received the puck from junior Brooke Simpson (Boxboro, Mass.), who rolled out of the corner with the puck after red shirt junior Stephanie Demars (Vermontville, N.Y.) set a pic for her to find Slattery. Slattery made a move across the blueline and fired a wrist shot against the grain to find the back of the net on Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville. It marked Slattery's first goal of the season, while Simpson tallied her 10th assist and DeMars captured her second assist of the season on the play.
The Friars held the Catamounts to two shots on goal during the first period, outshooting Vermont, 9-2. Sophomore goaltender Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) made a big save on one of Vermont's chances during the first period to keep the score tilted 1-0 in favor of the Friars.
The Catamounts tied the game with a goal from Gina Repaci at 1:30 of the second period. Vermont took advantage of the Friars' tired players, as Providence successfully killed off a penalty but could not get the change for fresh legs. Repaci created a Friar turnover in the neutral zone before skating into the Friars' defensive end and firing a puck low five-hole on Bryant for her third goal of the season.
Providence continued to battle and created several scoring opportunities, including a goal that was waived under the 10 minute mark. Sophomore Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) made her way out of the corner before making a move to her forehand to get around the Vermont defender. Illikainen slid the puck into the net as Douville could not get over in time to make the save. The goal was waived due to a Friar player in the Vermont crease.
The Friars finished the second period with 19 shots on goal for a combined first and second period effort of 28 shots, while Vermont notched nine shots for a combined 11 shots on goal during the first two periods of play.
Providence took three penalties during the second period and kept the Catamounts to just four shots on goal during the six minutes of power-play opportunity Vermont held.
Vermont capitalized on a Friar penalty 48 seconds into the third period. Catamount point leader, Amanda Pelkey received a pass from Dayna Colang who found Pelkey across the zone alone on the back door. Pelkey turned and ripped a shot high that went bar down on Bryant. Ashley Salemo also assisted on the play.
Providence continued to fight but could not find the equalizer in the remaining time left during the third period.
The Friars finished the game with 41 shots on goal, while Bryant made 14 saves for the Friars. Providence went 0-for-6 on the power-play and 4-for-5 on the penalty-kill. The Friars also held the edge in face-offs, winning 34 of 65.
Providence returns to action tomorrow, Feb. 22, in its final game of the regular season. The Catamounts and Friars will wrap-up their Hockey East series at the Guttersom Field House in a 4:00 p.m. puck drop. The outcome of the game will determine the Friars seed heading into quarterfinals next weekend.
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