PROVIDENCE COLLEGE TOPPLES MAINE, 5-2, IN WHEA QUARTERFINALS
Junior forward Laura Veharanta scores two goals for Friars
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - No. 10 Providence College women's ice hockey erupted for four, third period goals, upending visiting Maine, 5-2, in the Hockey East Quarterfinals at Schneider Arena.
In the process, junior goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) broke her own school record for saves in a single-season. She now has 890, surpassing the mark of 878 she set last year.
The third-seeded Friars now advance to next Saturday's (March 5) conference semifinals, where they will meet second-seeded Boston College at Walter Brown Arena in Boston, Mass. Face-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The top seeded Boston University Terriers, who earned the right to host the semifinals at Walter Brown by clinching the regular season title, will face five-seed Northeastern at Noon. Northeastern advanced with a 4-0 shutout over UConn in Saturday's other quarterfinal.
It was the upset-minded Black Bears who jumped on top with the lone goal of the opening period. While on the power play, Maine patiently set up captain Dawn Sullivan at the right of the crease. The junior snuck a wrist shot in from a difficult angle at 17:25 for the 1-0 Bear lead.
The Friars answered with their own power play strike in the middle period. Lacasse, already with four assists on the year, collected another by firing a long pass to junior Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.) PC's leading point-producer then hit linemate Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.), and the junior fired home her own wrister for her 12th of the season. The teams entered the second intermission knotted, 1-1.
The third period was a flurry of activity. At the 4:10 mark of the period, Friar freshman Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.) scored from the just to the left of the slot for a 2-1 PC edge.
Ten minutes later, Veharanta tallied her second of the game, banging home a rebound from just to the right of her doorstep. The junior's 13th of the year would prove to be the eventual game winner. It is her fifth multi-goal game of the season.
The Black Bear's Myriam Croussette cut the deficit to 3-2 at 14:49, converting on her own rebound opportunity from point-blank.
Forty-two seconds later, at the 15:31 mark, PC junior Abby Gauthier provided insurance with her eight of the season, cashing in on a give and go with senior co-captain Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) to make the score 4-2 Providence.
The Friars Corinne Buie added an empty-net goal with four seconds remaining in regulation. Lacasse finished the game with 29 saves. Maine's Brittany Ott halted 33.