Oct. 25, 2007
Storrs, Conn. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team was defetaed at the hands of No. 8 Connecticut on Thursday night by a score of 5-0. Providence now stands at 0-2-2 (0-1-1 HOCKEY EAST), while UConn improves to 6-1-0 (1-0-0 HOCKEY EAST).
The Huskies jumped out to an early lead as Jody Sydor scored a power play goal 59 seconds into the game off of a shot from the top of the left face-off circle that beat PC's Danielle Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.). Moments later, Ciarletta flashed her left pad to keep the Frias within one, as UConn's Dominique Thibault's shot was turned aside by PC's junior goalkeeper. Ciarletta made another save on a Thibault break away attempt at 10:39. But UConn was able to add a second goal when Brittany Murphy scored an unassistsed goal at 14:13. Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland) had the Friars' best chance from the bottom of the circles at 15:56, but Connecticut's Brittany Wilson made a glove save. After one period of play, the Huskies held a 2-0 lead.
The second period opened with much back and forth action. About half way through the stanza the Friars almost scored when Kathleen Smith (Waterloo, Ont.) sent a shot just wide off of some great puck movement from Brittany Simpson (Barrie, Ont) and Sarah Feldman (Fall River, Mass.) while on the power play. But the Huskies did increase their lead to 3-0 when Jaclyn Hawkins scored a power play goal at 15:39, as she was able to deflected Cristin Allen's shot from the point, through a screen to the back of the net. At 18:15 Wilson made her best save of the stanza for the Huskies when she once again denied Pehkonen from just outside of her goal crease.
In the third period, Cherie Hendrickson (Boxford, Mass.) developed a scoring chance for herself as she took a shot from the point that was savd by Wilson, but Hendrickson then beat the defense to the rebound only to have Wilson come up with another pad save to push the puck wide. But UConn converted another power-play opportunity when Bridget King scored at 9:38. Then UConn's Thibault made it 5-0 at 10:25 to conclude the scoring. Ciarletta finished with 25 saves for the Friars, while Wilson made 19 saves for the Huskies.
The Friars return to action Tuesday, October 30 for a HOCKEY EAST game versus the Boston College Eagles. The game, being played at Kelley Rink, will start at 7:00 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
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