NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Providence College women's hockey team traveled to New Haven, Conn. on Wednesday, November 8 for a non-conference tilt against ECAC Hockey League member, Yale University. Due to a problem with long divots in the ice in the crease area, the game was delayed 45 minutes until two fire extinguishers were used to freeze the problem area. The Bulldogs defeated Providence in a see-saw battle by the final score of 3-2.
Providence had a couple of early chances with multiple break-aways but could not capitalize thanks to some spectacular pad saves from Yale junior goalie Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.). The Bulldogs lit the lamp first with a short-handed goal from sophomore Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) at 11:13. Providence would answer 45 seconds later on the powerplay with a laser into the top left corner of the net from senior Kristin Gigliotti (Sauquoit, N.Y.) from just inside the blue line. Sophomore Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ont.) and senior Sonny Watrous (Albuquerque, N.M.) were each credited with an assist. Senior Jana Bugden (Cornerbrook, N.L.) kept the game knotted at 1-1 with one diving stick save and a magnificent glove save.
Yale took a one goal lead at 8:14 in the second period when Howser tallied her second goal of the game and the season after finding some open room between Bugden's skates. Sophomore Maggie Westfal (New Canaan Conn.) and freshman Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.) were credited with assists on Yale's second goal. The Bulldogs outshot the Friars 15-13 in the second and took a 2-1 lead into the lockerroom.
Gigliotti scored the game-tying goal; her second of the game, in the same fashion as she tallied her first. On passes from juniors Kathleen Smith (Waterloo, Ont.) and Kelli Doolin (Dorchester, Mass.), Gigliotti fired a slapshot from nearly the identical spot inside the blue line where her first goal came from. The game-tying goal was the second powerplay goal for the Friars and the third in the game. Yale would regain the lead with a little over five minutes remaining in the third on the second goal of the season from senior Sheila Zingler (Wausau, Wisc.). Schwartz picked up her second assist of the game on the only even strength goal of the contest. Zilis finished with a game-high 32 saves. Bugden finished with 30 saves for the Friars.
Providence will travel to Maine University this weekend for two games with the Black Bears. Game one is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start on Saturday, November 11 while game two will be played Sunday evening, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.