Nov. 1, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team earned a point in the Hockey East standings with a 3-3 tie against #8 Boston University at Walter Brown Arena on the campus of BU. The Terriers scored with just 11 seconds remaining in the third period to put the game into overtime. The game went into a shootout and BU was able to outscore the Friars, 3-2, to earn an extra point in the Hockey East standings. Providence now stands at 3-5-1 (2-2-1 Hockey East), while Boston University improves to 5-2-3 (4-0-0 Hockey East).
Providence got on the board first at 19:00 of the initial period. The Friars earned a power play and freshman Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.) made good on the man advantage to give Providence the lead, 1-0. The goal, her second of the season, was assisted by seniors Brittany Simpson (Barrie, Ontario) and Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ontario). At the end of one period, the Friars held the edge in shots, 11-10.
At 13:43 of the second period, Jillian Kirchner evened the score at 1-1 with a power-play strike. Lauren Cherewyk gave BU the lead at 14:41. Providence would even the score at 17:40. The Friars had a two-man advantage and the power-play unit rose to the challenge for the second time of the day. Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) scored her seventh goal of the season, six of which coming on the power play, to knot the game at 2-2. Freshman Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and senior Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland) each earned their third assist on the play.
Danielle Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.) stopped 16 shots after two periods while BU netminder Alyse Wilcox had denied 15.
Pehkonen would give the Friars a 3-2 advantage at 5:32 of the final period when she scored her third goal of the season. Veharanta earned her second assist of the season on the goal. The lead wouldn't hold, however. With only 11 seconds remaining in the third period, the Terriers pulled their goalie while on the power play to earn a two man advantage and the gamble paid off. Gina Kearns evened the score at 3-3 to send the game into overtime.
Neither team scored in the overtime period and per the new rule in women's Hockey East play, the game went into a shootout. Veharanta made her attempt only to be matched by Melissa Anderson of BU. The next shooter for each team missed before Cottrell and Tara Watchorn evened the score at 2-2. The final PC shooter missed and Erin Seman put home the shootout winner for the Terriers.
Providence netminder Danielle Ciarletta finished with 35 saves, but falls to 1-3 on the season while Boston University goaltender Alyse Wilcox stopped 19 shots to improve to 3-1-3.
The Friars return to action Friday, November 7 when they travel to Robert Morris for a weekend series. The game will be played at 7:35. The two teams will face off again on Saturday at 7:35 as well.
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