BOSTON, Mass. – The Providence College women’s hockey team was defeated by No. 6 Northeastern in the first game of the best-of-three Hockey East Quarterfinal series. Four unanswered goals pushed the Huskies ahead of the Friars. Providence moves to 10-23-2 (6-17-2 WHEA) and Northeastern improves to 27-7-1 (21-4-0 WHEA).
The Friars jumped out to lead early in the first period, scoring only 2:26 into the game. After a blocked puck landed in the slot, Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) passed to Lexi Romanchuk (San Jose, Calif.) at the center point, who unleashed a one-timer to beat Northeastern’s Sarah Foss.
The Huskies evened the score with just over four minutes remaining in the first period from Paige Savage.
Providence took the lead again at 3:38 in the second period. Ariana Buxman (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) threw the puck on net and MacPherson picked up the rebound, circled behind the net and fed Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) on the point. Friesen walked the puck to the middle and took a slap shot through traffic to beat Foss.
The Huskies scored three goals in just over a minute near the end of the second period. Kendall Coyne evened the score at 17:16, Ainsley MacMillen gave the Huskies the lead at 17:52, and Jordan Krause extended the Northeastern lead at 18:08, to give the Huskies a 4-2 lead entering the third period.
Northeastern struck once more from Coyne, at 2:22 in the third to finalize the game at 5-2.
After matching penalties called, Providence pulled Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) for an extra man advantage. The Friars played with a man advantage for 4:44, but could not convert.
Northeastern totaled 47 shots and Providence registered 35.
Myers marked a career high in saves (42), previously set against Northeastern (35) on Feb. 6.
Providence will continue the best of three series on Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Matthews Arena. The game will be streamed on NESN and streamed here.
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