PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's hockey team defeated the University of Connecticut Huskies, 6-2, in its first game of the season in Schneider Arena on Saturday, Nov. 21.
After trailing 1-0, the Friars rallied for five-consecutive strikes to take a 5-1 lead and eventually close the game out by the 6-2 final.
Providence - 6 - Connecticut - 2
Providence - 1-0-0 (0-0-0 HEAW) - Connecticut - 0-1-0 (0-0-0 HEAW)
Schneider Arena - Providence R.I.
GAME FLOW & NOTES
- Freshman Brooke Becker got the Friars on the board at the 11:29 mark of the first period on a power play with an assist from Sara Hjalmarsson to bring the to score 1-1. Hjalmarsson won the face-off in the offensive zone dishing the puck back to Becker, who took a slapshot to earn her first collegiate goal.
- Caroline Peterson put Providence in the lead with just 48 seconds left in the first period with a pass from Hunter Barnett.
- Annelise Rice was the next to increase Providence's lead against the Huskies with the goal at the start of the third period with an assist from Lindsay Bochna. Rice came around the back of the net to score off of a loose puck near the crease and bring the score to 4-1.
- Sara Hjalmarsson, the top scorer from last season, earned her first goal of the year off a rebound from Delaney Couture and Lauren DeBlois less than a minute later.
- UConn broke PC's five unanswered goals with less than four minutes left in the final period. The goal was returned by the Friars less than 30 seconds later by Hayley Lunny with an assist from Ariane Julien.
- Abstreiter posted 30 saves in the victory, making multiple game-saving stops down the stretch.
- Providence finished the game 2-for-3 on the power play with a total of five shots with the man-advantage. Connecticut recorded 11 shots on net in its six power-play chances, only capitalizing on one.
- Providence improves to 1-0 on the season and will close out the two-game series against University of Connecticut tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Sandra Abstreiter (Providence) - 30 saves, 2 goal against
Samantha Carpentier-Yelle (Connecticut) - 30 saves, 6 goals against
Power plays: 2/3
Penalty kill: 5/6
Power plays: 1/6
Penalty kill: 1/3
PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: DeBlois, Burton, Bochna, Peterson, Hjalmarsson, Lunny (1)
Assists: Burton (2)
Points: DeBlois, Burton, Hjalmarsson (2)
Shots: Lunny (6)
The Friars and Huskies will conclude their home-and-home series tomorrow night (Nov. 22) in Storrs, Conn.