Nov. 1, 2009
STORRS, CONN. - The Providence College (3-4-3, 3-1-1) women's hockey team earned a 1-1 tie with the University of Connecticut (4-4-2, 0-2-2) and came away with an extra point in the Hockey East standings with a 3-2 victory in the shootout. Sophomore Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) scored her first goal of the season and classmate Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) made 29 saves on the day.
The Friars' best chances in the first came in transition and they nearly opened the scoring at 5:20 when freshman Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.) crossed the blue line and dropped the puck to junior Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) at the top of the left face-off circle. O'Neill sent a pass through the slot to sophomore Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) but her shot went just wide of the right post.
Providence failed to convert on two power plays and the Huskies held possession of the puck in the PC zone for the majority of the final five minutes and Lacasse was forced to make several kick saves to close out the period. At the end of 20 minutes, neither team was able to score with Connecticut holding the edge in shots, 11-6.
Lacasse was called into action twice in the first two minutes making two kick saves on shots from Jennifer Chaisson and Jessica Lutz but the Friars opened the scoring with Veharanta's goal at 7:24. Sophomore Lauren Covell (Akron, Ohio) pushed the puck in a scramble from the left face-off dot onto the stick of freshman Jessica Cohen (Anchorage, Alaska) in the low slot. Cohen found herself all alone with Veharanta against the UConn goalie. Cohen slid the puck to her right where Veharanta lifted it just under the cross bar for her first goal of the season. Cohen and Covell each earned their fourth assists on the play.
Connecticut evened the score with a goal from Brittany Murphy at 18:01 from the slot and the period came to a close with the score tied, 1-1. Connecticut still held the edge in shots, 22-12.
The third period had back and forth action but neither team was able to score the game-winner in regulation. Lacasse went into overtime with 28 saves while UConn goaltender Alexandra Garcia had 22 saves.
Providence failed to get a shot on net until 4:28 into the overtime period, but Cottrell was denied from right in front by a stick save from Garcia sending the game into a shootout.
UConn shot first and freshman Lisa Stathopulos`s shot was saved by the blocker of Lacasse. Cottrell came up for PC and faked a shot before sliding the puck under Garcia for a 1-0 lead in the shootout. UConn's Amy Hollstein scored before Veharanta roofed a backhand to give PC a 2-1 lead. Connecticut's final skater scored before Cohen wristed a shot through Garcia's five-hole for the victory, 3-2.
Providence will continue to battle the rest of Hockey East when it travels to Orono, Maine for a 7:00 p.m. contest against the Black Bears.
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