Dec. 5, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Following a 4-1-2 stretch over the month of November, the Friars picked up right where they left off with a 4-1 victory over Hockey East foe Maine. Freshman Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) netted the game-winning goal, her team-leading 11th of the season, to propel the Friars to their fourth conference victory of the year. Providence is now 8-6-2 (4-2-1 Hockey East) while Maine falls to 3-12-1 (1-6-1 Hockey East).
Maine came into tonight's game with the top powerplay in the conference at 20.5% and showed why at 7:18. After a faceoff in the Friar zone, Maine forward Jennie Gallo sent the puck to Vanessa Vani. Vani's shot from the right face off circle found the back of the net to give the Black Bears an early 1-0 lead. Maine nearly doubled their lead at 13:00 but Providence netminder Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) came up with three reactions saves from right in front to keep the defecit at one.
The Friars evened the score at 14:41 of the first period when Colleen Martin (Woburn, Mass.) battled to gain possession of the puck in the right corner. Martin was able to send a pass into the slot to a streaking Jackie Duncan (Kitchener, Ontario) who fired the puck under the blocker of Maine netminder Genevieve Turgeon for her second goal of the season. The assist was the fourth of the season for Martin. Katy Beach (Cleveland, Ohio) almost gave the Friars the lead but her breakaway attempt at 17:19 was denied by Turgeon. Lacasse finished the period with 13 saves while Turgeon finished with nine stops for Maine.
The Friars came out of the locker room with a noticeable increase in intensity and came away with a quick 2-1 lead. Just 28 seconds in, Laura Veharanta picked up a loose puck on the right side of the Maine cage and slid it just inside the left post for her team-leading 11th goal of the season. PC continued to outskate the Black Bears and the continuous pressure paid off as the Friars netted the second goal of the period at 12:53. Veharanta pushed a pass towards the high slot where sophomore Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) took a shot from the blue line that freshman Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) deflected into the net for her second tally of the season. Yung earned her fourth assist of the year while Veharanta notched her fifth assist on the play.
PC went into the locker room ahead, 3-1, having outshot Maine 18-4 in the period.
The Friars continued their impressive puck movement into the third period as the powerplay unit found its stride to give Providence a 4-1 advantage. At 4:00 of the final stanza, senior Brittany Simpson (Barrie, Ontario) sent a pass down to Veharanta on the left boards. Veharanta's shot was wide but Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland) was able to knock the loose puck into the net for her fourth goal of the season. Veharanta earned her second assist of the game while Simpson registered her eighth helper of the season. Neither team was able to score as the game came to a close.
Lacasse finished with 17 saves as she improve to 7-4-0 overall. Turgeon denied 25 shots but falls to 2-11-1 on the season.
The two teams will face-off again on Saturday, December 6, at 2:00 p.m.
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