Sophomore Katy Beach nets game-winner for PC

Providence, R.I. (December 3, 2006) - The Providence College women’s ice hockey team defeated the 10th ranked Eagles of Boston College, 3-2 at Schneider Arena on Sunday, December 3. Sophomore Katy Beach (Cleveland, Ohio) tallied the game-winner at 7:34 in the third period on a power play goal. Providence improves its record to 7-6-3 overall and 5-1-2 in HOCKEY EAST play. Boston College drops to 10-4-1 overall and 5-3-0 in conference action.

After a scoreless first period, Boston College tallied the games first goal with a score from freshman Megan Keever (Harrisburg, Pa.). The Friars quickly responded with a goal of their own 44 seconds later. Junior Rachel Crissy (Naperville, Ill.) registered her first goal of the season on a quick one-timer from sophomore Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ont.). Providence took a 2-1 lead when sophomore Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland) found the back of the net by herself on a power play. The goal was Pehkonen’s seventh.

The Eagles evened the score a 2-2 two minutes into the third period on a goal from sophomore Meghan Fardelman (Lansing, Kan.) with stellar passes from junior Cristin Stuart (Rochester, Minn.) and freshman Gabrielle Beaudry (Cortland, N.Y.). Providence took the lead for good when Beach took a pass from freshman Jackie Duncan (Hudson, Que.) and junior Kathleen Smith (Waterloo, Ont.) and fired it past the Eagle goaltender. The goal was Beach’s third on the season.

The game ended in an intense fury of action with the Eagles playing with an empty net for the last 1:24. Senior goaltender, Jana Bugden (Cornerbrook, N.L.) made some incredible saves to preserve the 3-2 victory. Bugden finished with 22 saves.

The Friars killed all three penalties they committed today pushing their current streak to 297 minutes without allowing a power play goal.

Providence will hit the road next weekend with and wrap up its December slate of games with two games against nationally ranked opponents. The Friars will play Dartmouth on Friday, December 8 and Harvard on Saturday, December 9. Both games are scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start.