March 9, 2013
HYANNIS, Mass. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team took on top-seeded Boston University in the Hockey East Semifinal game on Saturday, March 9 at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Hyannis, Mass. The Friars were knocked out of tournament play with a 4-0 loss to the Terriers.
The Terriers were first on the scoreboard with a power-play goal at 14:15 of the first period. Junior goaltender Nina Riley (Lexington, Mass.) made the initial save on a shot taken by Marie-Philip Poulin but Sarah Lefort was there to put in the rebound left on the backdoor.
At the end of the first period Providence had out-shot Boston University, 11-8, despite trailing 1-0.
The Terriers took a strong four goal lead during the second period that started with a shorthanded goal 19 seconds into play. Poulin picked off a Friar pass and entered the offensive zone on a breakaway. The Terrier's leading scorer made a move to her forehand and slid the puck past Riley.
With 13:50 left to play in the second period the Terriers extended their lead to 3-0 with a goal from Louise Warren. Warren fired a shot from the top of the circle that made its way through traffic and past Riley. Warren was assisted on the play by Isabel Menard and Caroline Campbell.
Boston University struck their final goal of the game during the second period with 57 seconds left to play. Warren tallied her second of the game when she put a rebound in off a shot taken by Menard.
Riley made eight saves during the second period, including stopping multiple odd man rushes. The Friars were out-shot by the Terriers, 11-10, during the second period.
Providence put up a hard fought battle during the third period but could not convert on the several chances it created, including one from freshman Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) that went just wide of the net with less than ten minutes to play.
Riley made 20 saves in the loss, while Boston University goaltender Kerrin Sperry stopped all 42 she faced. The Friars out-shot the Terriers 21-5 in the third period and 42-24 overall.
The Friars finished their 2012-13 season with a 15-16-5 overall record and a 8-10-3 record in Hockey East play.
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