Oct. 14, 2007
Orono, Maine -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team opened the 2007-08 season with a 2-2 overtime tie at the University of Maine. Seniors Rachel Crissy (Naperville, Ill.) and Sarah Feldman (Fall River, Mass.) led the way for the Friars with a goal apiece. With the tie, Providence now stands at 0-0-1 overall and Hockey East play, while Maine moves to 1-2-1 overall, and 0-0-1 in Hockey East play.
The Friars jumped out to an early lead as they were able to net two goals in the game's first three minutes. Crissy put the Friars on the board when she scored on a pass from classmate Kathleen Smith (Waterloo, Ont.) at 1:09 of the first period. Then, less than two minutes later, Feldman put the Friars up 2-0, with her first power-play tally of the young season. Feldman's goal was assisted by Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ont.) and Smith. The Friars continued to pressure the Black Bears as they outshot their opponents 20-7 in the first period.
After two periods of play, the Friars held a 2-0 lead, as they were unable to beat Maine goalkeeper Genevieve Turgeon. But Maine cut PC's lead in half when Taryn Peacock scored an unassisted goal at the 17:10 mark of the third period. With 22 seconds left, Maine pulled Turgeon in favor of an extra attacker, and it paid off as Vanessa Vani was able to force overtime when she scored with nine seconds remaining in the third period. Vani's goal was assisted by Madelen Eriksson and Peacock.
In overtime, both teams were able to put two shots on net, but both Turgeon and PC's Danielle Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.) were able to preserve the 2-2 tie. Turgeon finished with 40 saves, while Ciarletta made 29 saves.
The Friars return to action on the road next weekend as they travel to New York for two non-conference match-ups. On Friday, October 19, the Friars will play Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. Then, on Saturday, October 20, they will face-off against St. Lawrence in Canton, N.Y. Both games will start at 7:00 p.m.