PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's hockey team fell to the Penn State University Nittany Lions, 4-2, on Friday, Oct. 18 at Schneider Arena. Maureen Murphy (Buffalo, N.Y.) led Providence with a goal and an assist, both of which came in the third period.
Providence - 2 | Penn State - 4
Providence: 2-2-1 | Penn State: 3-2-2
Schneider Arena | Providence, R.I.
GAME FLOW & NOTES
- Providence earned the game's first power play with 6:54 remaining in the first period. The Friars registered five shots on goal during the advantage, but Chantal Burke was there to make all five saves for Penn State.
- The Nittany Lions had 26 seconds of 5-on-3 action late in the first period and were able to capitalize to take a 1-0 lead. Rene Gangarosa lined up a one-timer from the top of the right circle and sent it past Clare Minnerath (Sartell, Minn.) for her first goal of the season. Izzy Heminger and Katie McMillan assisted the play.
- Gangarosa scored her second of the game for the Nittany Lions at the 12:18 mark of the middle stanza. McMillan, who picked up her second assist of the day, played a pass into the slot for redirection past Minnerath. Katie Rankin earned the secondary assist.
- Through two periods, Penn State held a slight advantage in shots, 20-17.
- The Nittany Lions increased the lead to three with a goal from Brooke Madsen at 7:37 of the third period. McMillan's assist on the play was her third of the game.
- Less than two minutes later, Providence got on the board with a goal from Maureen Murphy. Her third of the year, which was assisted by Annelise Rice (Excelsior, Minn.) and Hayley Lunny (Bedford, N.Y.), came on a rebound at the top of the crease.
- Providence decreased the deficit again with just 2:14 remaining, as Sara Hjalmarsson (Bankeryd, Sweden) slapped a one-timer past Burke on the power play to make it 3-2. Her goal, which was her third of the season, was assisted by Murphy and Lunny.
- Murphy's assist was her second of the season. Lunny's was her second of the game and season.
- The Nittany Lions finished the game off with an empty-net goal at 19:34 of the third. Rankin grabbed her first of the year on the play.
- The Friars dominated the third period, outshooting Penn State 16-6 in the final stanza.
- Minnerath finished with 22 saves in net for Providence. Burke made 31 at the other end.
HOW THEY SCORED
1-0 (Penn State) - 18:42/1st - PP (5-on-3) - Rene Gangarosa (Heminger, McMillan) - One-timer from the top of the right circle
2-0 (Penn State) - 12:18/2nd - EV - Rene Gangarosa (McMillan, Rankin) - McMillan passed it into the slot for a redirection by Gangarosa
3-0 (Penn State) - 7:37/3rd - EV - Brooke Madsen (Rolph, McMillan) - Wrist shot from the top of the right circle over Minnerath's blocker
3-1 (Providence) - 9:03/3rd - EV - Maureen Murhpy (Rice, Lunny) - Rebound goal from the top of the crease
3-2 (Providence) - 17:46/3rd - PP - Sara Hjalmarsson (Murphy, Lunny) - One-timer from the top of the left circle
4-2 (Penn State) - 19:34/3rd - EN - Katie Rankin (unassisted) - Empty-net goal
Providence: Clare Minnerath, 2-2-1 - 22 saves, 3 goals against
Penn State: Chantal Burke, 3-2-1 - 31 saves, 2 goals against
Face-offs won: 23
Power plays: 1-3 (33%)
Penalty kill: 1-2 (50%)
Face-offs won: 31
Power plays: 1-2 (50%)
Penalty kill: 2-3 (67%)
PC GAME HIGHS
Shots: Murphy (8)
Goals: Murphy, Hjalmarsson (1)
Assists: Lunny (2)
Points: Murphy, Lunny (2)
The Friars continue the series against Penn State tomorrow, Oct. 19. Puck drop is set for 3:00 p.m. at Schneider Arena.