CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team was defeated by No. 1 Boston College, 6-2, in the first game of the Hockey East Quarterfinals on Friday night at the Conte Forum. With the win, BC improves to 31-1-2 overall and 20-0-1 in Hockey East play, while Providence moves to 6-24-4 on the season and 5-15-1 in conference action. The game was the Friars' 32 straight postseason appearance in their history.
The Eagles, the number one seed in the tournament, were powered by Kristyn Capizzano and Andie Anastos in the first period, who scored goals at 6:07 and 8:15, respectively. Capizzano's goal was a battle in front of the net where she slipped by Providence netminder, junior Allie Morse (Cottage Grove, Minn.). The tally was assisted by Anastos and Emily Field. Anastos followed nearly two minutes later with the second goal of the game, on a breakaway, with the helper coming from Emily Field.
Both teams had successful penalty kills in the opening stanza, with the Providence kill going 2-for-2 and Boston College going 1-for-1. The Eagles held a 19-4 advantage in shots while Morse registered 17 saves in the period.
Providence pulled within one (2-1) at 6:02 of the second when senior Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) received the puck in the neutral zone and carried it to go one-on-one with a defender. Frade then spun around the defender to free herself then finished with the backhand to beat BC goalie Katie Burt. Sophomores Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Manitoba) and Kendra Goodrich (Apple Valley, Minn.) teamed up for the assists.
Boston College then went on to score two unanswered goals later in the period, by Alex Carpenter (15:48) and Andie Anastos (16:20) to take a 4-1 lead into the intermission.
The Friars held the Eagles to 10 shots in the second period while they generated five. Providence went 0-for-1 on the power-play in the stanza.
Boston College's Meghan Grieves scored two straight goals to give the Eagles a 6-1 lead in the third at 5:59 and 9:09, respectively.
Graduate student Stephanie Demars (Vermontville, N.Y.) scored for the Friars at 17:54 after she collected the puck off of sophomore Lauren Klein's (Shoreview, Minn.) shot. Freshman Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) also registered an assist.
For the game, Morse made 29 saves while Burt tallied 14. Sophomore Alanna Serviss (Chicago, Ill.) stopped six shots in 14:01 minutes of play in the third.
Frade's goal in the game extends her point streak to three-straight games. Carels leads the Friars this season points against the Eagles with three, on one goal and two assists.
Providence went 0-for-4 on the power-play while Boston College finished the game 0-for-3.
Providence and BC will continue play in the Hockey East Quarterfinals tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at the Conte Forum, in game two of the best-of-three series.
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