DURHAM, N.H. – The fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits to forge a 2-2 tie against Providence College in Sunday afternoon’s Hockey East matchup at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, now 1-0-4 in games decided by overtime this season, is 18-3-4 overall with a 10-1-1 record in Hockey East. PC, which lost 3-1 at home to the Wildcats on Saturday, is now 11-11-4 overall and 8-2-3 in the league.
PC goaltender Daneille Ciarletta finished with 40 saves, including 16 in the third period and four in the five-minute extra session. UNH goalie Lucy Schoedel (Ithaca, N.Y.) remained unbeaten in her collegiate career (4-0-1) with 16 saves; she was credited with seven saves in the third period and none in OT.
The Friars, who were outshot 9-1 in the opening 10 minutes of the game, took a 1-0 lead at 11:54 of the first period. Sonny Watrous received Kristin Gigliotti’s outlet pass through the neutral zone behind UNH’s defense to break in alone down the slot. In the low slot, Watrous quickly shifted the puck to her forehand to elude Schoedel and shoot into an open net.
UNH trailed by that one-goal margin at the first intermission but pulled even, 1-1 on a goal by Lindsey Caleo (Clinton Township, Mich.) at 7:33 of the middle stanza. Ciarletta stopped the initial shot from the slot by Jackie Wedster (Chicago, Ill.), but Caleo gathered the rebound deep in the left circle and slid a low shot inside the near post. Shannon Clement (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) was also credited with an assist.
PC went back in front, 2-1, just minutes later at 10:01. In a faceoff to Schoedel’s right, Sarah Feldman drew the puck back to Erin Normore at the left point. Her initial shot was blocked by a defenseman in the circle, but the rebound went directly back to Normore and her second shot sailed through traffic into the net.
The visitors took that 2-1 lead into the locker room despite UNH’s 21-11 shot advantage through 40 minutes.
The Wildcats generated heavy pressure early in the third period and it resulted in the team’s third 5x3 skater advantage of the game at 6:03. The ‘Cats didn’t score in that 33-second span, but Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) did score off a shot by Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) at 6:37 -- just one second later – for a power-play goal to tie the game.
Providence called time out with 59.4 seconds remaining and UNH slowly killed most of the remaining time with consecutive icings of the puck.
New Hampshire controlled possession early in overtime but Ciarletta kept the ‘Cats at bay. PC went on its fifth power play of the game with 48 seconds remaining but could not sustain pressure in the offensive zone.
UNH finished the game 1-for-10 on the power play with 20 power-play shots. The Friars were 0-for-5 on the power play.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 31 (7 p.m.) at Boston University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Feb. 3 (2 p.m.) vs. Boston College.