Oct. 30, 2007
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team upset No. 9 Boston College, 3-2 behind the strenghth of three first period goals. Providence now stands at 1-2-2 (1-1-1 HOCKEY EAST), while Boston College falls to 4-2-2 (1-2-0 HOCKEY EAST).
In the first period, Providence came out and dominated play, as the Friars generated several scoring chances in the early going. PC's efforts paid off at 6:21, as Sarah Feldman (Fall River, Mass.) jammed home a rebound, beating BC goaltender Molly Schaus from just outside the top of the crease. Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland) was credited with an assist on the play. Then at 15:32 the Friars struck again as Pehkonen netted a goal off of an assist from Feldman. PC's third goal of the period came just 20 seconds later when Jenna Keilch (Clinton Township, Mich) found Alyse Ruff (Taulatin, Ore.) with a pass from the low slot. Ruff then beat Schaus high with the ensuing shot. In addition to Keilch, freshman Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) was also credited with an assist on the play, the first point of her Friar career. The Friars out-shot the Eagles 10-7 and held a 3-0 edge after one period of play.
BC answered quickly in the second, as Meghan Fardelmann scored for the eagles just 52 seconds into the period, with an assist going to Kelli Stack. Play went back and forth, but at 6:14 PC's lead was cut to one as Brie Baskin netted a goal for the Eagles. With two minutes remaining in the period, the Eagles almost tied the game while on the power-play, but Jennifer Smith (St. Albans, Vt.) came up with a save on the point-blank Eagle drive to preserve the lead. The third period featured more back and forth play. Feldman had a great opportunity to add to the Friar lead when she developed a partial breakaway attempt after creating an Eagle turn over, but Schaus was able to make a high glove save at 16:50. The Eagles had seveal opportunities to tie the game as they pulled their goalie with 1:20 to play, but PC's defense blocked several shots, while Smith made several more stops. On the game,Smith finished with 23 saves to earn her first collegiate win. Schaus made 19 saves for the Eagles.
The Friars return to action Tuesday, November 6 for a HOCKEY EAST game against the Huskies of Northeastern University. The game will be played at 7:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. at Schneider Arena, and it will be PC's first home game of the 2007-08 season.
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