Burlington, Vt. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team defeated the University of Vermont, 3-2, in Hockey East action on Friday night. Vermont was able to twice come back from one goal deficits, but PC kept the pressure on the Catamounts to come away with the win behind a third period game winning goal by junior Katy Beach (Cleveland, Ohio). With the win Providence improves to 11-9-3 (6-2-2 HE), while UVM falls to 4-18-1 (0-9-1 HE).
The Friars took a 1-0 lead when junior forward Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland) picked up an Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ontario) pass in the high slot and ripped a wrist-shot high past UVM goalie Kristen Olychuck at 3:43. UVM was then able to tie the game when Celeste Doucet passed the puck ahead to send Teddy Fortin in on a breakaway, who then beat PC goalie Danielle Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.). UVM almost took the lead at 18:38 when Fortin skated in on another partial breakaway attempt, but Ciarletta came out and saved the puck off of her left shoulder.
The Friars were able to regain a one goal lead at 6:18 of the second period. The go-ahead-goal was scored by senior Sarah Feldman (Fall River, Mass.) who took a pass from freshman Leigh Riley (Lexington, Mass.) at the top of the circles and rang a the shot off of Olychuck's right post and in for her fifth goal of the season, giving Riley the first point of her Friar career. Danielle Tangredi (London, Ontario) also assisted on the goal. Olychuck kept it a one goal lead for the Friars when she came up with a break away save on Feldman at 17:34 when the senior winger bid for her first short-handed score of the season. After two periods of play, the Friars held a 2-1 advantage.
Early in the third period, UVM was able to tie the game at 2-2 when Sarah Smiddy forced the puck over the goal line on a wraparound attempt. Melanie Greene assisted on the goal, which was scored at the 4:07 mark. The Friars once again regained the lead at 8:41 when Beach notched her seventh of the season. Beach was able to take a pass from Normore in the high slot and beat Olychuck. Tangredi, who originally slid the puck to Normore behind the UVM net, also notched an assist on the play.
Ciarletta finished with 16 saves to earn the win, while Olychuck made 26 saves in defeat.
The Friars return to action tomorrow night as they close out their two-game series with UVM. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Catamounts' Gutterson Fieldhouse.