PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 8 Providence College women's hockey team skated to a 5-1 win at Schneider Arena over the Holy Cross Crusaders on Friday, Dec. 7.
Providence - 5 | Holy Cross - 1
Providence: 15-3-0 (9-2-0 HE) | Holy Cross: 1-16-2 (1-12-0 HE)
Schneider Arena | Providence, R.I.
GAME FLOW & NOTES
- Meaghan Rickard (Coventry, R.I.) got Providence on the board with a goal 6:37 into the opening period. Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) played it off the boards to Christina Putigna (Grimsby, Ontario). She skated to the bottom of the circle and played it into the slot to Rickard who buried it one-time.
- Rickard's goal was her third of the season and second in the last three games. Putigna's assist was her ninth, while Murphy's was her team-leading 14th.
- The same line struck again at the 12:32 mark. Rickard returned the favor, assisting Putigna on a 2-on-1 opportunity. Putigna's goal was her eighth and Rickard's assist was her sixth.
- Holy Cross went on the power play shortly after the second strike and was able to record six shots. Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) was there to stop each of them, including a few second-chance bids.
- The Crusaders cut into the Friars' lead with a goal 8:26 into the second. Maeve Reilly scored her fourth of the year to make it 2-1. Her goal was assisted by Katie MacCuaig and Victoria Young.
- Providence responded with a Murphy strike about five minutes later. Rickard played the puck up the boards to Murphy who skated into the right circle and snuck a wrister past Jada Brenon at the far post.
- Murphy has recorded multiple points in 11 of the Friars' 18 games. She's only been held off the scoresheet twice all year.
- Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba) put the Friars up 4-1 at the 8:48 mark of the final frame. She shoved home a rebound during a scramble in front for her fourth of the season.
- Rickard notched her third assist of the game on the play, while Putigna had her second of the day.
- Just 15 seconds later, Murphy added her second goal of the game. She picked off a pass in the offensive zone, skated in toward the net, deked and scored her team-leading 17th goal of the season.
- Rickard's four-point performance marked a new career high. She'd previously had three points in a game four times during her career.
- With her three points today, Putigna is now just two away from 100 in her career.
- Providence killed off five penalties in the game. The Friars had just one power play during the game, and went 0-for-1.
- Myers finished the game with 17 saves, while Brenon had 26 for the Crusaders.
HOW THEY SCORED
1-0 (Providence) - 6:37/1st - EV - Meaghan Rickard (Putigna, Murphy) - One-timer in the slot
2-0 (Providence) - 12:32/1st - EV - Christina Putigna (Rickard) - 2-on-1 opportunity
2-1 (Holy Cross) - 8:26/2nd - EV - Maeve Reilly (MacCuaig, Young) - Slipped it through Myers' five-hole
3-1 (Providence) - 12:39/2nd - EV - Maureen Murphy (Rickard) - Wrist shot from the right circle
4-1 (Providence) - 8:48/3rd - EV - Kate Friesen (Rickard, Putigna) - Shoved in during a scramble
5-1 (Providence) - 9:03/3rd - EV - Maureen Murphy (unassisted) - Deke in front
Providence: Madison Myers, 14-2-0: 17 saves, 1 goal against
Holy Cross: Jada Brenon, 1-8-1: 26 saves, 5 goals against
Power plays: 0-0 (0%)
Penalty kill: 4-4 (100%)
Power plays: 0-4 (0%)
Penalty kill: 0-0 (0%)
PC GAME HIGHS
Shots: Murphy (6)
Goals: Murphy (2)
Assists: Rickard (3)
Points: Rickard (4)
Providence does not return to action until January 2019. The Friars host the University of Vermont for a two-game series at Schneider Arena on Jan. 5 and 6. Both games will be played at 2:00 p.m.