Nov. 2, 2012
ORONO, Maine -
The Providence College women's Ice hockey team traveled to Orono, Maine to take on conference foe Maine in a two-game series. The Friars defeated Maine, 4-3, on Friday, Nov. 2, moving their overall record to 5-3-1 and their Hockey East record to 3-0-0.
The Friars took an early lead just 2:04 into the first period, when freshman Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) fired the puck past Black Bear goaltender, Brittany Ott from the slot. Illikainen was assisted by sophomore Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) on the play.
Half way through the first period the Friars extended their lead to 2-0, when freshman Lexi Slattery (Lino Lakes, Minn.) tallied her first collegiate goal at 9:56 after sophomore Allison Micheletti (Inner Grove Heights, Minn.) moved the puck ahead off a face-off won by senior Jessica Vella (Pickering, Ontario).
The Black Bears closed the Providence lead to 2-1 before the period went to intermission on a power-play goal scored by freshman Audra Richards. Friar goaltender, freshman Sarah Bryant (Bethleham, Pa.) made a break-away save just seconds prior to the goal and finished the period with five saves.
Midway through the second period at 12:36 Brittany Dougherty of Maine put a shot past Bryant that went under review before being waived and keeping the score at 2-1 in Providence's favor. Only minutes later at 7:44, sophomore Tori Pasquariello of Maine notched her second goal of the season to tie the game at two apiece.
The Friars answered with a goal at 15:03 of the second period with an unassisted play from Micheletti, who put the puck upstairs past Ott to tally her second goal of the season and give the Friars the lead, 3-2, before heading to the locker rooms.
The Friars killed off an interference penalty taken by Slattery at 17:32 of the third period before going on the power-play at 14:33 and scoring a minute later at 13:36. Frade notched her second point of the game when she made a quick move in front of the net off a pass from Illikainen to give the Friars their third power-play goal of the season and a 4-2 lead.
Before the conclusion of the third period the Black Bears tallied a power-play goal with 3:09 remaining in the game to close the Friar lead to one, 4-3. Richards scored her second of the game with a shot that went past Bryant, who was screened. Bryant finished the game with 16 saves on 19 shots.
The Friars are back in action tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Alfond Arena to finish their back-to-back series with Maine.