BURLINGTON, Vt. - Beth Hanrahan had two goals including the game winner in the final minute to lead Providence to a 4-3 win against Vermont in Hockey East action at Gutterson Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.
For the second straight night the Friars opened the scoring. Hanrahan scored her first career goal off an aggressive Providence forecheck. Haley Frade took a feed from Corinne Buie and found Hanrahan alone on the far post. She one-timed the pass from Frade past Vermont goaltender Kelci Lanthier at 9:53 of the first period.
Vermont responded minutes later on the power play. A Breanne Sundquist point shot was tipped in front of the net by Chelsea Rapin past Providence netminder Genevieve Lacasse. Brittany Zuback deflected Rapin's shot by the far post for her second goal of the season.
Vermont took its first lead of the game with a shorthanded tally. Rapin broke free of the Friars defense and walked in alone on Lacasse, Lacasse stopped her initial shot but Erin Wente who was trailing the play tapped in the rebound for her second goal of the weekend series.
The Friars answered just 40 seconds later on the same power play. With a three-on-one down low Lanthier made the initial save on a Jessica Vella one-timer but couldn't stop Kate Bacon's shot off the rebound.
Providence took a 3-2 lead into the third period after a late second period goal from Jessica Cohen. Lanthier couldn't control the rebound on a Vella shot, and Cohen took the puck behind the net and scored a wrap around goal before Lanthier could recover on the play.
Vermont went on the power play late in the third period with a chance to tie the game. With Lanthier pulled for the extra attacker Vermont equalized on a scramble in front of Lacasse. Amanda Pelkey kept the puck in at the line and passed to Meghan Huertas who pushed the puck forward to the front of the net. Klara Myren found the puck and was able to chip quick shot over Lacasse's shoulder to tie the game at three with 65 seconds left in regulation.
The Friars were able to answer in the last minute of regulation. Buie won a scramble faceoff in the Vermont zone and Hanrahan collected the puck and fired a wrist shot in the slot the beat Lanthier glove side with 29 seconds left.
"Very disappointed in our effort from the point Providence scored their second goal, they just wanted it more then we did," said Head Coach Tim Bothwell. "This is definitely a big point or two that we lost this weekend."
The win moves Providence to 1-5-2 overall and 1-1-0 in Hockey East play. The loss drops Vermont to 1-4-2 and 1-1-0 in league play.
Vermont hosts Niagara on Friday (Oct. 28) at 2 p.m. in non-conference action at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Tickets to the game can be purchased online at UVMathletics.com, via the phone at 802-656-4410 or in person the day of the game at the gate.
NOTES: After this weekend all of Vermont's skaters have registered at least a point this season ... Krystal Baumann continues to lead the team in scoring with two goals and two assists ... Vermont is 3-2-0 in its last five Hockey East home games ... The Catamounts scored their first two power play goals of the year Saturday ... Providence outshot Vermont 32-20.