Nov. 18, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team concluded its Hockey East series with the University of Vermont on Sunday, Nov. 18 with a tie against the Catamounts. The Friars now move to an overall record of 7-5-3 and a Hockey East record of 5-2-2 with the tie.
With 17 seconds remaining on the power-play the Friars were first on the board with a goal at 15:11 of the first period. Senior Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.) put her fourth power-play goal of the season in the back of the net off a shot from freshman Lexi Slattery (Lino Lakes, Minn.). Anderson tipped the puck five-hole past Catamount goaltender Roxanne Douville.
Minutes later the Friars took a cross-checking penalty at 8:33 to give the Catamounts a man advantage. A shot from the point caused a scrum in from of freshman goaltender Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) that sophomore Brittany Zuback capitalized on. Zuback notched her ninth goal of the season on the play. Bryant made six saves for the Friars to finish the first period tied at 1-1.
After 20 minutes of back and forth action the second period went scoreless. Both teams had several chances, especially on the power-play. The Friars and Catamounts killed two penalties apiece during the period to keep the game tied at one. Providence was inches away from taking its second lead of the game, when Anderson clipped the post during a power-play opportunity. Douville stopped a total of 12 shots for the period, while Bryant made 14 saves for the Friars.
The Catamounts took an early lead during the third period at 17:19, when Danielle Rancourt took a shot from the left wing that beat Bryant. She was assisted on the play by Gina Repaci.
The Friars battled back to tie the game up at 15:29 of the third period. Anderson's pressure caused a Catamount turnover that led to a Providence goal. Sophomore Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) tipped in Anderson's pass on the back door.
With the score tied, 2-2 , the game went to a five minute overtime, where Providence had two huge opportunities to take the win. The first came half way through overtime, when freshman Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) put the puck just over the net. Anderson had another big break for the Friars when she popped the puck over the top the net on a break away play with under a minute to go in the game.
Bryant finished the game with 24 saves for the Friars, while Douville made 33 for Vermont. Providence outshot Vermont, 35-26, in 65:00 minutes of play.
The Friars are back in action Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 p.m. when they head to cross-town rival Brown University for the 18th Annual Mayors Cup.
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