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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In a non-conference game held at
Schneider Arena, Providence came back from two goals down with only 4:30
to play to earn a 2-2 draw with the Purple Eagles of Niagara University.
The Friars saw goals from sophomore Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) and
senior Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ontario) while senior netminder Danielle
Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.) made 17 saves on the evening.
Providence had the better of the play in the first period as they
outshot the Purple Eagles 12-5 but Niagara made the most of their best
chance and took the lead with only 39 seconds remaining in regulation.
Niagara forward Melanie Mills put home a rebound goal while on the
power-play to go into the locker room ahead, 1-0.
Niagara would score their second of the game at 4:27 of the second
period when Mary McKinnon put home a goal after passes from Jocey
Kleiber and Frances McPhail. The Friars outshot the Purple Eagles 12-10
in the second stanza to hold the overall advantage in shots, 24-16, but
headed into the locker room down, 2-0.
Providence came out in the third and continually pressured the Purple
Eagles, looking to get on the board. It looked as though PC would be
denied but at 14:43, the Friars earned a power-play and PC would make
good on the man-advantage. At 15:32, Jackie Duncan (Kitchener, Ontario)
sent a pass to senior Katy Beach (Cleveland, Ohio) who sent the puck
through the slot to a streaking Erin Normore). Normore lifted the puck
over the left shoulder of the Niagara netminder to shorten the deficit
to 2-1. The goal was her fourth of the season. The Friar power play
would strike again at 18:17 when Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) put
the puck on frame causing a rebound that Ruff pounced on to even the
score at 2-2. The goal was Ruff's sixth goal of the season.
The Friars outshot Niagara, 5-0, in the overtime period but were unable
to net the game winner. Providence now stands at 6-6-2 while Niagara
becomes 3-9-2. Ciarletta denied 17 shots while Niagara netminder Jenni
Bauer was excellent in net, stopping 39 shots.
Providence is next in action on Saturday, November 29, when they travel
across town to face-off against Brown in the 14th annual Mayor's Cup.
The game will be played at Meehan Auditorium in Providence, R.I.
beginning at 7:30 p.m.