Women's Hockey Ties Boston College, 2-2

Dec. 11, 2009

Box Score

CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. - The Providence College (5-7-7, 4-3-4-2 WHEA) women's hockey team traveled to Chestnut Hill, Mass. and came away with a 2-2 tie against Boston College (5-7-7, 4-4-3-4 HE) at Kelly Rink on Friday, December 11. Freshman Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.) put home her sixth power-play goal of the season and sophomore goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) made 25 saves in net.

With a 2-0 lead heading into the final 20 minutes, the Friars gave up two third-period goals and fell in the concluding shootout, 1-0. With the tie, the Friars remain two victories away from becoming only the second program in the nation with 600 wins.

Anderson opened the scoring at 9:03 of the first with a power-play strike after passes from Sophomore Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.). Cottrell sent a pass to Veharanta on the left side of the net. Veharanta slid the puck through the low slot to Anderson who put it into the empty right side of the cage for her sixth power-play goal of the season, her ninth overall. Cottrell and Veharanta earned their 11th and seventh assists on the play, respectively.

The Friars quickly doubled their lead at 9:36 when Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.) possessed the puck after a blocked shot from captain Colleen Martin (Woburn, Mass.) and stick-handled past BC goaltender Corinne Boyles for her first tally of the season. The assist was Martin's fifth of the year. Freshman Jessica Vella (Pickering, Ontario) registered her second assist of the season on the play.



Lacasse kept the sheet clean in the first 20 minutes with nine saves, including a left-pad save on a breakaway from BC forward Danielle Welch at 6:00. The Friars outshot the eagles, 10-9, in the first period.

The Eagles put the pressure on in the opening 10 minutes of the second, outshooting PC, 7-2, but Lacasse came up with a blocker save during a two-on-one rush at 5:40 and a sliding chest save on BC's Allie Thunstrom at 8:45.

Providence nearly added a third at 17:35 but a Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) breakaway was denied by Boyles to finish the period with PC ahead, 2-0. The Eagles outshot PC, 11-6, in the second and held a 20-16 advantage for the game.

BC made it 2-1 just 0:37 after the opening face-off of the third period when Mary Restuccia put home a loose puck during a scramble to the right of Lacasse. The Friars earned a two-player advantage for 1:28 at 5:07 but the BC defense held strong. Cottrell had a wrist shot saved at the left door step at 5:20 before junior Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) had a redirection from the slot denied by a quick glove save from Boyles at 6:42.

The Eagles evened the score at 12:49 when Allie Thunstrom tipped a shot in front at the start of a BC power play. Both teams failed to convert power-play chances in the final 10 minutes with Boyles making another impressive glove save on Ruff from the slot at 17:18, sending the game into overtime.

Providence came into today's game with a 0-1-6 over-time record and a 4-1 record in shootouts. The Friars were inches from earning the game winner when O'Neill poked the puck just past the left side of the net with 1:00 remaining. Neither team scored, sending the game into a shootout.

All three Friar shots were saved by Boyles and BC's Allie Thunstrom scored on the first Eagle attempt to earn the extra point in the Hockey East standings.

The Friars will take a 22-day holiday break before traveling to St. Cloud, Minnesota to compete in the Easton Holiday Showcase on January 2/3. Providence will face St. Cloud State on Saturday, January 2 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) before playing Minnesota State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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