Senior Jessica Vella notched the overtime game-winning goal for the Friars.
Feb. 2, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team posted a 4-3 overtime win against the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Schneider Arena. With the season series sweep, the Friars record moves to 14-11-4 overall and 8-6-2 in Hockey East play.
After the first twenty minutes of play, neither the Friars nor the Huskies could find the back of the net. Providence ended the period outshooting Connecticut, 11-7. Friars netminder Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) stopped all 7 shots that she faced in the period and finished the game with 32 saves. Elaine Chuli recorded 33 saves in the overtime loss.
Senior Jessica Vella (Pickering, Ontario) opened the scoring in the game at :59 of the second period when her twelfth goal of the season gave the Friars a 1-0 lead. The play started when junior Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.) connected a pass to senior Nicole Anderson (Jordan, Minn.). Anderson found Vella, who fired a shot to beat Chuli high.
The Huskies evened the score at one when Rachel Farrel put the puck past Bryant after a scramble in front of the Friars net. Sarah MacDonnell and Kayla Campero assisted on the goal that was scored at 3:56 of the second period. Connecticut gained the lead for the first time in the meeting later in the period at 12:23 when Campero fired a long shot into the top of the net as she was skating into the offensive zone.
Connecticut widened the lead to 3-1 at 2:34 of the third period when Maude Blain scored a power-play goal.
The Friars overcame the two goal deficit before the period ended with the help of goals by sophomore Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.) and sophomore Brooke Simpson (Boxboro, Mass.). Frade cut the Huskies lead in half when she capitalized on the man advantage at 5:16 of the third period. Freshman Molly Illikainen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) and freshman Lexi Slattery (Lino Lakes, Minn.) each tallied assists on the goal. At 17:15 of the third period, Providence evened the score at 3 when Simpson forced the puck into the net after a scramble in front of Chuli. Junior Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.) got the helper on the game-tying goal.
After killing off a penalty for the first 1:38 of overtime, the Friars sealed their comeback win when Vella scored her second goal of the game. Providence earned their second overtime win of the season at 2:45 of overtime. Sophomore Beth Hanrahan (Poolesville, Md.) slid the puck to Illikainen, who was standing in the face-off circle. Illikainen passed the puck to Vella, who was placed right in front of the Huskies net. Vella tapped in the puck to give the Friars the win.
The Friars return to the ice next Saturday, Feb. 9 to complete their season series against Boston College at Schneider Arena at 7:00 p.m.
Official StoreOfficial Online
Women's Hockey Defeated 2-1 ...
The Providence College women's ice hockey team was defeated by Colgate, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon. Junior Brittney Thunstrom (Coon Rapids, Minn.) scored the...
Women's Hockey Skates To...
The Providence College women's ice hockey team tied Syracuse, 3-3, in an away non-conference game on Saturday, Oct. 18. Freshman Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay,...
Former Friar Genevieve...
Former Providence College women's ice hockey standout Genevieve Lacasse '12 was named to Team Canada's 23-player roster for the Four Nations Cup, as it was...
Women's Hockey Travels...
The Friars will travel to compete against Syracuse on Saturday, Oct. 18 and then Colgate for a game on Sunday, Oct. 19. Both games are set for a 2:00 p.m....
Women's Hockey Defeated ...
The Providence College women's ice hockey team registered a 3-0 loss in the second game of the weekend series against the #8/9 Clarkson University Golden...
Women's Hockey Falls 5-0...
The Providence College women's ice hockey team recorded a 5-0 loss to the #8/9 Clarkson University Golden Knights on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Schneider Arena, in...
Women's Hockey Hosts #8/...
The Friars will host #8/9 Clarkson at Schneider Arena on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12. Saturday's game will start at 7:00 p.m., while Sunday's game ...
Women's Hockey Head Coach...
Providence College women's hockey Head Coach Bob Deraney has been named an assistant coach with Team USA for the 2014 Four Nations Cup.