Nov. 14, 2009
BOSTON, MASS. - The Providence College (3-5-5, 2-2-3-2) women's hockey team suffered a 5-3 defeat at No. 7/8 Boston University (5-3-5, 3-2-1-1) on Saturday, November 14 at Agganis Arena. Providence scored two third-period goals but the comeback effort fell short. Juniors Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) and Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) both netted power-play goals and Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) made 25 saves on the day.
Providence took eight penalties in the game and BU, boasting the eighth-best power play in the country, capitalized on its chances, scoring four goals with the man advantage. Boston University put home two power-play goals in the first. Terrier forward Janelle Kohanchuk put home the opener at 9:14 from the right side after a blocked shot in front. Melissa Anderson doubled the lead at 12:29 with a goal from the left door step. Providence earned a power play of their own at 14:15 but shots from Alyse Ruff and Jean O'Neill were saved by BU goaltender Melissa Haber.
BU netted its third power-play goal just 1:58 into the second. PC closed the gap to 3-1 with O'Neill's power-play goal at 5:28. Sophomore Abby Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) set up shop at the left face-off dot and sent a pass through the slot to O'Neill who put the puck just inside the top-right corner for her second goal of the season. Alyse Ruff also assisted on the play. The assists were the first and fourth of the season for Gauthier and Ruff, respectively.
Boston University would go on to score two second-period goals to extend the lead to 5-1 after 40 minutes.
Providence netted two power-play goals in the third to make it 5-3 but the Terriers held on in the end. Providence netted its first power-play goal of the third with a two-player advantage at 8:24. Junior Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) fired a slap shot from the point that was deflected in front. Sophomore Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) picked up the loose puck, turned and slammed home her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
The Friars made it 5-3 with Ruff's power-play goal at 14:54. A failed wrap-around attempt made its way through a pile of bodies in front and onto Ruff's stick as she slid home her third goal of the season. O'Neill poked the puck to Ruff to earn her sixth assist on the year. The Friars had several chances in the end but Haber came through with the necessary saves to keep the score at 5-3 in favor of the Terriers.
The two teams will finish the season series on Sunday with a 2:00 p.m. contest in Schneider Arena.
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