STORRS, Conn. - Three third period goals gave the Providence College women's hockey team a 6-3 win over the University of Connecticut on Sunday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.
UConn wraps up its regular season at 17-14-3 overall with the loss and 12-7-2 in Hockey East play while the Friars stand at 15-15-4 overall and 12-6-3 on their league slate.
The Huskies wasted little time in breaking through on the scoreboard as sophomore Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ont.) collected a loose puck in front and pushed it past PC netminder Jana Bugden just 2:04 into the game. Junior Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ont.) and senior Natalie Vibert (Thunder Bay, Ont.) picked up assists on the goal. The Friars answered at 13:07 when Kristin Gigliotti scored her first of two goals in the game when she tallied on her own rebound.
UConn retook the lead at 2-1 17:10 into the first period with a combination of luck and skill. A clearing attempt by a Friar defenseman hit the linesman and staying in the UConn offensive zone. Freshman Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass.) collected the puck and passed it to fellow freshman Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont.) who let loose a slapshot from the left point. Junior Britney Chandler (Pickering, Ont.) was in the slot and tipped Thibault's high shot downstairs and past Bugden. The lead was short-lived though as PC capped the scoring in a wild first period just 41 seconds later. Colleen Martin held her ground in the slot and, like on PC's first strike, put back the rebound of her own shot.
UConn again retook the lead at 16:04 of the second period with a power play goal. Freshman defenseman Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont.) skated the puck the length of the ice and fed it to Thibault behind the Friar net. Thibault skated out in front and roofed a shot past Bugden to put UConn up 3-2. For the third time, PC would respond as the Friars knotted the score at 3-3, on the power play, with seven seconds remaining in the second period. Gigliotti's point shot was deflected on net by Sarah Feldman. Junior netminder Brittany WIlson (Nepean, Ont.) made the first save but couldn't stop Mari Pehkonen on the rebound.
The third period was all Friars on the scoreboard. Gigliotti scored the eventual game-winner at 4:17 followed just 58 seconds later by a goal from Jenna Keilch. Erin Normore added an empty net goal at 18:42 to account for the 6-3 final.
Wilson made 26 saves on the day while Bugden stopped 30 shots.
UConn returns to action on Saturday in the semifinals of the Hockey East Championship. With today's result, UConn finishes as the #4-seed and will face #1-seed New Hampshire on Saturday in Durham. The winner of that game will face either #2-seed Boston College or #3-seed Providence on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.