Feb. 22, 2014
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team fell 3-1 to the Vermont Catamounts in its final game of the regular season today, Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Gutterson Field House in Burlington,Vt. The Friars record now moves to 11-23-0 overall and 6-15-0 in Hockey East. With the loss, the Friars highest possible finish in Hockey East could be seventh-place overall.
The Catamounts came flying out of the gate to notch the first goal of the game. Dayna Colang entered the zone on a 2-on-1 with Brittany Zuback, who found her on the back door. Colang stuff the puck into the back of the net for her 11th goal of the season. Amanda Pelkey also assisted on the goal.
Later in the period, junior Victoria Virtue (Walpole, Mass.) made a huge play to keep the Friars within striking distance heading into the second period. Virtue blocked a Catamount slap shot as sophomore goaltender Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) was caught out of her net following the initial save.
The Friars finished the first period with six shots on goal compared to the Catamount's 14. Bryant finished the period with 13 saves for the Friars.
The Catamounts extended their lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 13:31 of the second period. Ashley Salerno received a cross-ice pass from Victoria Andreakos in the Friars' defensive end. Salerno fired a shot from the top of the circles that made its way over the shoulder of Bryant. Pelkey notched her second assist of the game on the play as well.
Providence continued to battle and were able to break Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville with less than a minute remaining in the period. Junior Beth Hanrahan (Poolesville, Md.) entered the offensive zone with freshman Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Manitoba) on a 2-on-1 after receiving a pass from sophomore Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.). Carels set a pic for Hanrahan as she drove to the net, while Hanrahan cut across the zone and rifled the puck upstairs on Douville at 19:07 of the second frame. Hanrahan notced her ninth goal of the season on the play, while Illikainen tallied her 12th assist.
The Friars trailed in shots, 24-14, heading into the third period, while holding the edge in face-offs 25-20.
Vermont took advantage of a power-play opportunity at 13:54 of the third period to tilt the score 3-1 in its favor. Pelkey put in a rebound on the back door to seal the win for Vermont. Bryant made the first save on Colang but could not get over in time to stop Pelkey, as she scored her 21st goal of the season and tallied her third point of the game.
The Friars pulled Bryant in the final minutes of regulation play for the extra attacker. Providence created several scoring opportunities but could not break Douville again, leaving the score 3-1 in favor of the Catamounts.
Providence was outshot, 33-23, by the Catamounts. Bryant finished the game with 30 saves for the Friars, while Douville made 22 stops for the Catamounts.
The Friars will begin post-season play on Friday, Feb. 28 or Saturday, March 1 with the Hockey East quarterfinal match-up. Following the conclusion of the weekend the final pairings will be set and the date and opponent the Friars play will be determined.
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