Nov. 3, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team fell, 2-1, in overtime to sixth-ranked Boston College on Sunday, Nov. 3 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. at the Kelley Rink. Providence moves its overall record to 4-6-0 with the overtime loss.
The first 20 minutes of play proved to be scoreless after several chances for both teams. Providence sophomore goaltender Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) stopped all six shots she faced during the period, while Eagle goaltender Corinne Boyles made three saves to keep the game even at 0-0. The Friars went 0-for-2 on the powerplay, while Boston College went 0-for-1.
The Eagles opened up the scoring with a shorthanded tally from Taylor Wasylk at 7:04 of the second period. Wasylk was assisted on the play by Skarupa, who dropped the puck to Wasylk on a two-on-one play. It was the third time this season the Friars let up a goal while on the power play.
The Friars battled back notching a goal with just over a minute left in the second period to even the score at 1-1. Sophomore Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn) quick sticked a pass from classmate Brittney Thunstrom (Coon Rapids, Minn.) that found its way to the back of the net. Senior Maggie Pendleton (Woodbury, Minn.) dumped the puck off the wall to Thunstrom, who outskated the Eagle defender to retrieve the puck from the corner before finding Illikainen in front. With the goal, Illikainen notched her seventh point of the season and fifth point of the weekend, while Thunstrom and Pendleton notched their third and fourth assists of the season, respectively.
During the third period the Eagles threw a bouncing shot on net with a forward crashing the net. Bryant made the initial save before a scrum in front of the Friar goal led to the play being reviewed. The call on the ice stood at no goal and the score continued to remain tied at 1-1.
The game would not be decided within three periods and would head into overtime. The Friars started the overtime period down a player as senior Corinne Buie (Edina, Mass.) took a hitting from behind call with 47 seconds left to play in the third period.
Providence successfully killed off the penalty but could not hold off the Eagle's pressure. Melissa Bizzari scored the game-winning goal at 2:20 of the overtime period. Bizzari was assisted on the play by Kate Leary. The overtime loss was the first since the Friars fell 2-1 to Boston University in double overtime on March 3, 2012 in the Hockey East Championship game.
Though outshot 24-17, the Friars killed off all three penalties and allowed just one shot on goal during the six minutes penalty killing. The Friars are now 2-2-0 in road games thus far on the season and 1-3-0 in Hockey East play.
Providence will continue its six-game Hockey East series with a road game at New Hampshire on Nov. 7. The Friars and Wildcats will faceoff at 7:00 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.
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