Oct. 18, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team was defeated by Northeastern University, 1-0. Despite the Friars outshooting the Huskies 31-20, Providence was unable to break the defense of Northeastern. Providence now stands at 1-4-0 (0-1-0 HOCKEY EAST), while Northeastern remains undefeated and improves to 3-0-2 (1-0-0 HOCKEY EAST).
In the first period, both teams were able to create scoring chances but the two goaltenders were up to the challenge. Senior Danielle Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.) made 10 stops in the initial stanza while Husky netminder Florence Schelling denied seven Friar shots. At the end of one period, the two teams remained deadlocked at 0-0.
Midaway through the second period, while on the penalty kill, the Friars earned their best chance of of the game. At 11:19 forward Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) poked the puck away from an NU player in the neutral zone and raced toward the net. The crafty freshman slid the puck though the pads of Schelling but was denied by the post as her short-handed attempt failed. The two teams exchanged shots throughout the rest of the second period and after 40 minutes, the Friars held the advantage in shots, 19-17.
Northeastern scored the game winner at 15:49 of the final period when freshman Ali Bielawski received a searching pass out of the Husky defensinve zone from Stephanie Gavronsky. Bielawski outraced the Friar defender and lifted the puck over the right pad of Ciarletta for the first goal of her career. The assist was the third of the season for Gavronsky.
With 0:57 remaining, PC pulled their goalie on the power-play looking for the equallizer but were unable to beat Schelling as the time ran down. Providence outshot Northeastern, 12-3, in the final period but Schelling was up to the task every time.
Providence netminder Danielle Ciarletta finished with 19 saves and falls to 0-2 on the season while Husky goaltender Florence Schelling stopped 31 Friar shots to earn the shutout.
The Friars return to action Sunday, October 19 for a Hockey East game against the Catamounts of Vermont. The game will be played at 3:00 p.m. in Vermont.
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