BOSTON, Mass. -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team opened league play with a road win against the Northeastern Huskies. With the win, the Friars record moves to 4-3-0 overall and 1-0-0 in Hockey East play. Providence's win snapped a three game losing streak against the Huskies and moved its all-time series record to 60-45-11.
The Friars were first on the board with a goal at 8:15 of the first period. Sophomore Courtney Kukowski (Apple Valley, Minn.) picked up a rebound left by Northeastern goaltender Chloe Desjardins. Senior Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.) started the play along the farside wall with a chip pass to sophomore Brittney Thunstrom (Coon Rapids, Minn.). Thunstrom skated the puck into the zone before firing a shot on net that Desjardins let loose for Kukowski.
The Huskies were quick to respond with a goal less than 20 seconds later. Heather Mottau fired home a shot from the slot that beat Friar goaltender sophomore Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) high stick side. Bryant made the initial save on Paige Savage's shot but could not get over in time to stop Mottau.
Northeastern extended their lead to 2-1 with a goal from Colleen Murphy at 15:04 of the first period. Mottau and Murphy entered the zone on a 2-on-1 before firing a shot on net. Bryant made the initial on the play but could not recover to get Murphy's shot.
Before the end of the first period the Friars were able to even the score at two while on the power-play. Buie tallied her second power-play goal of the season on the play. Buie won a face-off draw to junior Beth Hanrahan (Poolesville, Md.), who found classmate Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) on the blueline. Frade fired a puck on net that Buie tipped low through Desjardins.
After two periods of hockey the score remained tied at two. It was junior Allison Micheletti (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) that gave the Friars their second lead of the game at 6:30 of the third period. While on the penalty kill, Micheletti collected a loose puck in the neutral zone before finding herself on a breakaway with Desjardins. Micheletti slid the puck five hole to earn her first goal of the season and first shorthanded tally of her career.
Northeastern's Katie MacSorley tied the game with the Huskies first power-play goal of the season. MacSorley collected a rebound off the backdoor at 14:35 to even the score at 3-3. MacSorley was assisted onthe play by Savage and Mottau.
It was Hanrahan that gave the Friars the final lead of the game. Hanrahan stole the puck from a Northeastern defender before entering the zone on a 1-on-1 play. Hanrahan pulled the puck and fired a shot that went bar down over the shoulder of Desjardins, who finished the game with 26 saves.
The Friars edged the Huskies in shots, 30-29, and faceoffs, 31-29, in the win. Providence is now 6-3-3 in Hockey East opening games and 2-1-1 against Northeastern in Hockey East opening games. The win also gave the Friars their first win in Matthews Arena since Feb. 6, 2010, when Providence earned a 2-1 win against the Huskies.
Providence and Northeastern will close out the home-and-home series at Schneider Arena tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3:05 p.m. The game will be televised lived by COX Sports on OSN. COX will also be providing live streaming of the game through their website.