Sophomore Ashley Cottrell puts in the game winner

Ashley Cottrell had the game-winner for PC

Providence, R.I. (October 3, 2009) - The Providence College women's hockey team defeated the University of Maine, 2-1, at Schneider Arena behind a second-period goal from sophomore Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.). The Friars improved to 2-0-0 (2-0-0 Hockey East) while Maine falls to 2-2-0 (0-2-0 Hockey East) on the season.

Maine jumped on top, 1-0, at 3:51 during a five-on-three advantage when Jessica Bond took a slap shot from the high slot that Taryn Peacock collected and put past Lacasse. The Friars answered back at 14:37 when Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) took a cross-ice pass from Jessica Cohen (Anchorage,Alaska) and put it between the pipes. Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) contributed on the goal as well. At the end of the first period, Providence held the edge in shots, 10-7.

The Friars put in the game winner at 7:06 of the second when a Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.) forecheck created a turnover in the Maine zone. Cottrell found the loose puck on the left side of the net and lifted a back-handed shot over the right shoulder of the Maine goalie.

The Friars successfully defended a Maine power play in the final minute of the third to maintain the 2-1 advantage.

Sophomore Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) finished with 14 saves while Maine's Brittany Ott denied 40 Friar attempts.

Providence will hit the road next weekend for a pair of non-conference games. PC will play at Clarkson on Friday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. before traveling to St. Lawrence on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. contest.