Senior goalie Clare Minnerath made 16 saves for the Friars
Providence Defeats Holy Cross, 3-0, to Sweep Weekend Set
Senior goalie Clare Minnerath made 16 saves for the Friars

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's hockey team defeated the Holy Cross Crusaders, 3-0, in its final game of the regular season in Schneider Arena on Saturday, Feb. 22. The Friars clinched home ice in the Hockey East Quarterfinals with the victory as the No. 3 seed.


Providence - 3 | Holy Cross - 0


Providence - 18-12-4 (15-10-2 HEAW) | Holy Cross - 5-23-5 (5-20-2 HEAW)


Schneider Arena - Providence, R.I.


- Lauren DeBlois (Lewiston, Maine) scored her sixth goal of the season with 3:03 left in the first period to give Providence a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. Chloe Gonsalves (Toronto, Ontario) was credited with her seventh helper of the year as Neve Van Pelt (Mitchell, Ontario) tallied her sixth assist of the season.

- DeBlois now holds 22 points on the season with six goals and 16 assists. The goal marked her fifth point in the last five games.

- Providence held a 21-6 advantage in shots at the end of the first period.

- The Friars built a 2-0 cushion 9:02 into the middle frame. Ciara Barone (North Tatawanda, N.Y.) found the back of the cage for her fourth goal of the season after firing a slap shot past the goaltender rotating over. Meaghan Rickard (Coventry, R.I.) was credited with her eleventh assist of the year and 18th point.

- Senior Clare Minnerath held nine saves after 40 minutes of play.

- Freshman Bailey Burton (Bloomington, Minn.) added an insurance goal 3:15 into the final period. Whitney Dove (Port Moody, British Columbia) fired a pass from Providence's goal line through the neutral zone to Burton, Burton outskated two defenders before finishing a wrist shot blocker side.

- Providence finished the game 1-4 on the power play with a total of seven shots with the man advantage. Holy Cross only recorded two shots on net in its four power play chances.

- Minnerath posted her third career shutout with 16 saves.


1-0 (Providence) - 16:56/1st - PP - Lauren DeBlois (Gonsalves, Van Pelt) - One-timer from the point

2-0 (Providence) - 9:02/2nd - EV - Ciara Barone (Rickard) - Slap shot in front of the crease

3-0 (Providence) - 3:15/3rd - EV - Bailey Burton (Dove, Minnerath) - Wrist shot past the blocker side


Clare Minnerath (Providence) - 16 saves, 0 goals against
Jada Brennon (Holy Cross) - 42 saves, 3 goal against


Providence -
Shots: 45
Face-offs: 40-58
Power plays: 1-4
Penalty kill: 5-5

Holy Cross -
Shots: 16
Face-offs: 18-58
Power plays: 0-5
Penalty kill: 3-4


Goals: Dove, Hardy, Rickard (1)
Assists: Barone, DeBlois, Rickard, Van Pelt (1)
Points: Rickard (2)
Shots: Fransoo, Gonslaves, Hjalmarsson, Julien (9)


Providence will host the No. 6 seed New Hampshire in a best-of-three series next weekend from Feb. 27-March 3. Game one is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in Schneider Arena.

Game Summary

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Game statistics
16 Shots 45
0 / 5 Power Plays 1 / 4
4 / 8 PIM 5 / 10
5-23-5 Records 18-12-4
Holy Cross Providence
Lauren DeBlois (6)
1st/16:56 PP GW
Ciara Barone (4)
Bailey Burton (6)
Holy Cross Providence
Jada Brenon
59:46, 42 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 4-21-4)

Empty Net
0:14, 0 GA
Clare Minnerath
59:54, 16 Saves, 0 GA
(W, 9-5-2)

Empty Net
0:06, 0 GA