Dec. 1, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team fell to No. 7 Boston University, 6-4, on Saturday, Dec. 1 in the Walter Brown Arena. With the loss the Friars move their overall record to 8-7-4 and their Hockey East record to 5-4-2.
The Terriers were first on the board with a power-play goal at 16:03 of the first period. Freshman goaltender Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) made the initial save but could not get over in time to stop Marie-Philip Poulin's one-timer on the back door.
The Friars tied the game with a goal at 6:47 of the first period. Senior Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.) tipped a shot from the point taken by junior Maggie Pendleton (Woodbury, Minn.). Anderson tallied her 10th goal of the season on the play. Senior Jessica Vella (Pickering, Ontario) made the initial pass to start the sequence.
Before the conclusion of the first period the Terriers notched another goal to give them a 2-1 lead going into the second period. Poulin tallied her second goal of the game when fired a puck on the ice from above the hash marks with 1:04 remaining in the period.
The Friars outscored the Terriers in the second period to even the game at three apiece. Anderson notched her second point of the game 1:44 into the period with a bar down goal from just outside the hash marks. Sophomore Allison Micheletti (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) earned an assist on the play, when she caused a Terrier turnover along the offensive boards.
Half way through the second period the Terriers reclaimed the lead with a short-handed goal at 11:40. Jenelle Kohanchuk tallied her second point of the game off a feed from Poulin.
There was 3:39 remaining in the second period when the Friars evened the score with a power-play goal. Anderson earned her second hat trick of the season and third of her career, when she put sophomore Brooke Simpson's (Boxborough, Mass.) rebound past Terrier goaltender Kerrin Sperry.
Boston University regained the lead at 11:46 of the third period on a power-play goal. Poulin was the second skater of the game to earn a hat trick when she put in Sarah Lefort's rebound to give the Terriers a 4-3 lead.
With 3:30 remaining in regulation time freshman Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) put the Friars back in striking distance when she fired a puck past Sperry to notch her first point of the game and seventh goal on the season. Sophomore Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) made a move around the Terrier defense to get the puck to the net for Illikainen to put home.
The Terriers tacked on two more goals before the end of the game, including their third power-play goal of the match with 1:27 remaining in the game.
Providence was outshot 37-28, forcing Bryant to make several big saves throughout the game to keep the score close.
The Friars are back in action one last time before they break for Christmas. Providence will travel to Cambridge, Mass. to take on No. 5 Harvard University on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m.
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