Oct. 2, 2013
Providence, R.I. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team will take on the Union College Dutchwomen for their season opener. The Friars will travel to Schenectady, N.Y. for a two game road series with Union.
Puck drop for the first game of the season will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Frank L. Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y. The Friars will wrap up the weekend with a game on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. against the Dutchwomen.
Providence is 11-3-2 all-time on the road in season opening games. The last time the Friars opened their season on the road was during the 2011-12 season, when the Friars traveled to Bemidji State for a weekend series against the Beavers. The Friars earned a 0-1-1 record that weekend. Overall in season opening games Providence holds a 23-9-3 record. Last season the Friars played host to Bemidji State, where the two split the weekend.
The Dutchwomen opened their season on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a game against the Connecticut Huskies. Union won their season opener 3-2 with three different goal scorers. Kathryn Tomaselli, Bryanne Panshuk and Maddy Norton tallied the Dutchwomen's three goals. Courtney Turner assisted on two of the goals for Union. Shenae Lundberg was between the pipes for Union for the entire 60 minutes of play. Lunberg made a total of 27 saves in the win. Union welcomes five freshman to the 2013-14 squad to replace its five graduated seniors.
The Friars and Dutchwomen have met a total of three times in the history of the two teams. Providence holds the edge with a 3-0-0 record against Union. Last time the Friars faced Union was during the 2012-13 season, when Providence blanked the Dutchwomen 4-0 to earn the win. Now sophomore Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) earned her first collegiate shutout in the win over Union. Now junior Beth Hanrahan (Poolesville, Md.) and sophomore Molly Illikainennotched two points apiece in the win.
The Friars took on the McGill Marlets in an exhibition game on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Schneider Arena to kickoff the season. Providence earned a 5-3 victory in a back and forth game. Five different Friars found the back of the night against McGill. Senior Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.) and graduate student Janine Weber (Innsbruck, Austria) notched a goal and an assist each to help the Friars in the win. Junior Brooke Simpson (Boxboro, Mass.) tallied a backhand goal after being awarded a penalty shot. Sophomore Brittney Thunstrom (Coon Rapids, Minn.) and freshman Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Manitoba) wrapped up the scoring for the Friars. In net, all three Friar goaltenders made an appearance. Senior Nina Riley (Lexington, Mass.) made 10 saves on 10 shots during the first period of play. Sophomores Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.) and Allie Morse(Cottage Grove, Minn.) made eight and five saves, respectively.
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