Providence, R.I. - The Friars came back from a 2-1 deficit late in the third period to force overtime, where junior Jenna Keilch (Clinton Township, Mich) was able to score the game-winning goal. With the victory, the Friars improved to 11-10-3 overall and 8-1-2 in HOCKEY EAST play, while Maine falls to 7-13-2 overall, and 2-8-2 in HOCKEY EAST play. The win marked the Friars' sixth straight conference victory.
Freshman Jackie Duncan (Clinton Township, Mich) got the Friars on the board at 13:05 of the first period as she took a pass from sophomore Erin Normore and fired it on net. Maine goalie Genevieve Turgeon (Lac Beauport, Que.) came up with the initial save, but Duncan garnered the rebound and put it in the back of the net. The second period featured Maine's power-play unit, as they scored two power-play goals in the period. The first came at 3:02 when Sonia Corriveau (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.) slipped a deflected Kelly Law (Markham, Ont.) shot past Providence goalie Jana Bugden (Corner Brook, Newfoundland) while on the power-play. Brigitte Laflamme (St. Augustin, Que.) scored Maine's go ahead goal at 12:02 while the Black Bears were skating with the two-man advantage. Elyce Thomas (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and Law were credited with the assists.
The third period featured back and forth action between the two teams, and with 1:36 remaining in the stanza, the Friars pulled Bugden in favor of the extra attacker. Off the ensuing face-off senior Sonny Watrous (Albuquerque, N.M.) was able to win the puck to classmate Kristin Gigliotti (Saquoit, N.Y.) who fired it past Turgeon for the equalizer. In overtime, the Friar power-play came through as Keilch was able to jam in a lose puck in front of the net after a shot from the point by junior Rachel Chrissy (Naperville, Ill.).
In goal, Jana Bugden stopped 28 shots for the Friars, while Turgeon finished with 37 saves for the Black Bears.
The Friars return to action next weekend with a home and home series versus the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. Saturday's game on January 27 will be a home game at Schneider Arena for the Friars, while Sunday's contest will be held at the Whittemore Center. Both games are scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start. Saturday's game in Providence will be part of HOCKEY EAST's "Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer" and all proceeds will benefit cancer research and treatment programs.