Feb. 24, 2013
BOSTON, Mass. -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team fell 4-3 to tenth ranked Northeastern in its last regular season game. The Friars will enter the Hockey East quarterfinal match as the fifth seeded team with a 8-10-3 record in league play and a 14-15-5 overall record.
Northeastern took an early lead with two goals in the first five minutes of play during the first period. Lucie Povova of Northeastern notched her third goal of the season on a play started by Tori Hickel and Katie MacSorley. Povova put the puck past junior goaltender Nina Riley (Lexington, Mass.) off a scrum in front of the net at 16:59 of the period.
The Huskies extended their lead to 2-0 when senior Husky Siena Falino notched her first goal of the season just over a minute later at 15:08 of the period. Falino fired a puck low that found its way to the back of the net.
Riley finished the first period with 14 saves, including several breakaway stops. Chloe Desjardins of Northeastern stopped all 17 shots she faced during the period.
Halfway through the second period the Huskies took a three goal lead over the Friars. Northeastern's Paige Savage notched her 22 point of the season with a breakaway goal at 7:47 of the period. Savage received a pass from Brittany Esposito in the neutral zone before entering the Friars defensive zone alone.
With 3:47 left to play in the second period the Huskies took a strong four goal lead with a goal from Rachel Llanes. Llanes entered the zone with classmate Casey Pickett, who found Llanes on the back door of a two-on-one play. Llanes earned her 100th career point on the play.
The Friars put together two quick goals, including a power-play tally, midway through the third period to cut Northeastern's lead to half.
Junior Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.) tipped a shot five hole taken by classmate Maggie Pendleton (Woodbury, Minn.) with 9:42 left to play in the period. Sophomore Brooke Simpson (Boxboro, Mass.) assisted on the play that led to Buie's first power-play goal of the season.
Just over a minute later at 8:34 of the period sophomore Haley Frade
(Marion, Mass.) notched her 13 goal of the season, when she put in a rebound off a shot taken by freshman Lexi Slattery
(Lino Lakes, Minn.). Pendleton assisted on the play to earn her second assist of the game.
The Friars came within one of the Huskies with 2:08 remaining in regulation time when senior Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.) went wide around the Huskies defense and put the puck high glove side with a backhand shot. Frade and Pendleton earned their second and third points of the game, respectively.
Pendleton matched a career high three point game with three assists to earn the number one star of the game. The Friars outshot the Huskies 39-29. Riley finished the game with 25 saves, while Desjardins stopped 36.
The Friars are back in action Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. when they head to Durham, N.H. to take on the Wildcats in the Hockey East Quarterfinal Match. Providence will enter the match as the fifth seeded team, while New Hampshire earned the fourth seed.