March 1, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team fell in a heartbreaker to Boston University, 3-2, on Saturday, March 1 at Walter Brown Arena in Boston, Mass. The seventh-seeded Friars would tally two goals, including a power-play tally to skate toe-to-toe with the second-seeded Terriers.
The Friars came out flying following the initial puck drop, creating a huge scoring chance within the first 10 seconds of play. Though there were plenty of chances for both sides, the game remained scoreless after the first 20 minutes of play.
Providence outshot the Terriers, 16-2, in the first period, including keeping them to one shot on goal during the Terriers' one power-play opportunity of the period. In the final seconds of the period, sophomore Lexi Romanchuk (San Jose, Calif.) ripped a power-play shot that Terrier goaltender Kerrin Sperry was able to get a pad on. The puck bounced out to junior Beth Hanrahan (Poolesville, Md.), who tried to knock the bouncing puck into the net before the buzzer sounded but was unable to make contact, keeping the score tied at 0-0.
During the second period both teams exchanged a pair of goals to leave the score tied, 2-2, heading into the second intermission.
With 46 seconds of 5-on-3 power-play opportunity, the Friars capitalized to notch the first goal of the game. Junior Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) made a pass from the point to freshman Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Manitoba), who was in the low corner near Boston University's goal. Carels found Hanrahan on the back door, who one touched Carels' pass into an open net. Hanrahan notched her fifth power-play tally of the season 44 seconds into the period.
Boston University evened the score at 9:06 of the period with a rebound goal from Louise Warren. Samantha Sutherland fired a point shot that Warren fought to put past sophomore Friar goaltender Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.). Kaleigh Fratkin also assisted on the play.
The Terriers tallied their second of the period less than a minute later at 9:51 of the frame to give gain a 2-1 advantage over Providence. Sarah Lefort tipped a shot by Fratkin that made its way low past Bryant. Lillian Braga helped on the play to earn the second assist.
The Friars continued to battle and were able to find the equalizer at 14:51 of the period on a Romanchuk one-timer. Graduate student Janine Weber (Innsbruck, Austria) pressured a Boston University defender to create a turnover that junior Brooke Simpson (Boxboro, Mass.) collected. Simpson rolled out from behind the Terriers' net to find Romanchuk, who blasted the puck from the point to tally her fourth goal of the season.
At the end of two periods, Providence held the advantage in shots, 26-8, with Bryant making four saves during the second period.
The Friars took a tripping call at 4:28 of the third period that led to a Terrier goal. Maddie Elia fired a puck on net, which Bryant stopped but could not control. The puck made its way to the slot where Warren zipped the puck five-hole to give the Terriers a 3-2 lead with 14:52 remaining in regulation time. Lefort tallied the second assist on the eventual game-winner.
Providence and Boston University continued to exchange chances as the period dwindled down. Bryant made back-to-back saves to keep the Friars within striking distance.
With Bryant on the bench, Romanchuk fired a puck on net that popped out to Carels, who could not break Sperry to get the extra attacker goal. Providence would create two more scoring opportunities off offensive zone face-offs but could not notch another before time expired.
The Friars outshot the Terriers, 39-22, while Boston University edged Providence in face-offs, 34-26. Bryant finished the game with 19 saves in her first post-season appearance of her career. Providence was 1-for-4 on the power-play, while keeping the Terriers third-best league power-play unit to five shots on goal and one power-play tally in three man advantage opportunities.
With the loss Providence ends its 2013-14 season with an overall record of 11-24-0. The class of 2014 was apart of 64 career wins, including three quarterfinal wins, one semifinal win and a Hockey East Championship appearance (2012). Two of the five graduating seniors made their way into the Friars' record book for their career efforts. Senior Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.) was the 33rd Friar to reach the 100-point plateau, while Maggie Pendleton (Woodbury, Minn.) is tied at 17th for most career games played with 138. Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.) finished her career with the highest scoring point totals (16-44-60) as a Friar defenseman since 2008.
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