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Weekly Release
January 22, 2007
FRIARS TAKE TWO TO GRAB SHARE OF SECOND
UConn earns point at Mercyhurst; BC, BU trade wins
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A hectic weekend in Women’s Hockey East saw Providence sweep into a tie for second place, while Boston University took down rival Boston College for the first time ever, and Connecticut forced a stalemate with top-ranked Mercyhurst thanks to some late-game heroics from Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, ON).

The Friars were the only Hockey East team to escape the weekend without a blemish, but even they had to sweat it out. After defeating Northeastern 5-0 on Saturday, PC hosted Maine for a Sunday afternoon tilt that went down to the wire. The Black Bears, who snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Vermont on Saturday, took a 2-1 lead into the third period on the strength of two power-play goals. The score remained unchanged until Kristin Gigliotti (Sauquoit, NY) roofed a shot over Maine goalie Genevieve Turgeon (Lac Beauport, QC) to even things up with just over a minute to play. Junior Jenna Keilch (Clinton Township, MI) finished the job for PC, jamming home a rebound for the game-winner at 2:01 of extra time.

While Providence picked up two victories on the weekend, the most notable win may have been BU’s triumph over eighth-ranked Boston College. Not only was it the first time the Terriers have defeated BC, but it also marked Boston University’s first win over a ranked opponent as a varsity program. Senior Cara Hendry (Calgary, AB) sniped the winning tally past Molly Schaus (Natick, MA) to give BU a 2-1 lead late in the third before Erin Seman (Ramsey, MN) iced it with an empty-netter. The Eagles came back with a vengeance on Saturday, downing the Terriers by a 6-0 score to propel themselves into sole possession of first place. Freshman Allie Thunstrom (Maplewood, MN) was the offensive star, putting forth a four-point effort to salvage two league points.

Out in Pennsylvania, Connecticut gave firstranked Mercyhurst all it could handle on Friday night, tying the Lakers, 3-3. With the Huskies trailing 3-1 entering the third, Jaclyn Hawkins took over, scoring twice to send the game into overtime. Once in OT, Brittany Wilson (Nepean, ON) put on a show as the UConn goalie stopped 10 shots in the five-minute session, and 46 overall, to preserve the tie. The two teams squared off again on Saturday, but the Lakers swamped the Huskies with 46 shots and took a 5-0 decision.

In other non-conference bouts, Northeastern fell to Brown by a 4-1 margin on Tuesday as Amy Goodney (Marquette, MI) tallied for the Huskies. On Sunday, NU outshot Robert Morris, but ultimately lost 3-2 in overtime. Third-ranked New Hampshire also failed to pick up a victory, dropping a 4-2 decision at fourth-ranked Dartmouth, despite multi-point games from Leah Craig (Seaforth, ON) and Kelly Paton (Woodstock, ON).

-Scott Donnelly

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TPS HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BRITTANY WILSON – UConn
Sophomore Goaltender; Nepean, ON
Made a career-high 46 saves, with 10 in OT, to preserve UConn’s 3-3 tie at No. 1 Mercyhurst, the first point earned by a league squad against nation’s top team.

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MISSION HOCKEY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

JACKIE DUNCAN – Providence
Freshman Forward; Hudson, QC
Scored her first collegiate goal against Northeastern on Saturday, and then
added her second against Maine on Sunday as the Friars won twice.

HONOR ROLL

Genevieve Turgeon, Maine (So. G; Lac Beauport, QC) – Made 65 saves in two games, including 28 in a shutout against UVM, and 37 in 3-2 loss to Friars in Providence. Jaclyn Hawkins, UConn (Jr. F; Manoick, ON) – Tallied two goals and an assist in 3-3 tie with No. 1 Mercyhurst on Friday.

Cara Hendry, BU (Sr. F; Calgary, AB) – In Friday’s 3-1 win over No. 8 Boston College, scored the game-winning goal with 1:36 left as the Terriers defeated their first ranked foe.

Jana Bugden, PC (Sr. G; Corner Brook, NF) – Led Friars to two victories, finishing the weekend with 44 saves on 46 shots.

Erin Seman, BU (So. F; Ramsey, MN) – Had two points in 3- 1 win over the Eagles, including an assist on the gamewinning goal and an empty-net goal with 35 seconds left.

Allie Thunstrom, BC (Fr. F; Maplewood, MN) – Tallied a season-high four points in a 6-0 win over BU on Saturday.

Molly Schaus, BC (Fr. G; Natick, MA) – Went 1-1-0 against Boston University but only allowed two goals, earning her third shutout Saturday. Stopped 45 shots in two games.

Leah Craig, UNH (Jr. F; Seaforth, ON) – Factored into both of UNH’s tallies at No. 4 Dartmouth with a goal and an assist.

Amy Hollstein, UConn (Fr. F; Pembroke, MA) – Had a goal and an assist in UConn’s 3-3 tie at No. 1 Mercyhurst.

Bridgitte Laflamme, Maine (Sr. F; St-Augustin, QC) – Scored a power play goal against Vermont and added two assists against Providence on Sunday.

TEAM NOTES

Boston College: Boston University snapped BC’s five game unbeaten streak … Saturday’s 6-0 shutout of the Terriers is the fourth time in six games that BC has blanked its opponent … The Eagles have more than doubled up on opponents this season, outscoring them 95-46 … Freshman Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, OH) had her ninth multi-point game of the season on Saturday after assisting on two goals, while Allie Thunstrom (Maplewood, MN) registered her fourth multigoal game.

Boston University: On Friday night, the Terriers defeated No. 8 Boston College 3-1, to pick up their first win over a ranked opponent in program history … BU set a high for attendance at Walter Brown Arena Friday night, as 667 fans came to watch. The previous high for the women was 500 set on Jan. 22 last season against BC … BU had killed off 26 straight penalties entering the game, and five more during the game. However, on BC’s final power-play opportunity, the team converted, ending BU’s streak.

University of Connecticut: The Huskies battled to a 3-3 tie at No. 1 Mercyhurst on Friday before falling 5-0 on Saturday. Jaclyn Hawkins had two third period goals to force the tie, while Brittany Wilson saved 46 shots in the game. The Huskies are the only Hockey East team to take a point from the Lakers this year (0-7-1).

University of Maine: On Saturday, the Black Bears shutout Vermont for the fourth straight time ... Maine lost 3-2 in overtime at Providence, marking the fourth overtime game of the season. Maine is 1-1-2 in overtime games ... The win over Vermont ended a five-game losing streak ... The Black Bears scored four power play goals on the weekend, increasing the season total to 22 power play goals in 22 games.

University of New Hampshire: UNH closes the regular season with 11 consecutive Hockey East games, eight of which are on the road … Sam Faber (So. F; Mt. Sinai, NY) and Kelly Paton (Fr. F; Woodstock, ON) have reached double digits in both goals and assists. Faber has 12 goals and 20 assists while Paton has compiled 10 goals and 12 assists … UNH has a 14-0-1 record when scoring the game’s first goal and a 3-3-2 mark when falling behind 1-0 … UNH has a 1-3-1 record in games that Faber does not record a point.

Northeastern University: Sophomore Erin Reil (North Berwick, ME) scored her fifth goal of the season, ranking her third on the team … The 11 shots allowed by the Huskies against Robert Morris was a season-low for NU … Sunday marked only the second time this season that the Huskies have lost a game in which they outshot their opponent (34 to 11) … The Huskies did not allow a shot in the second period until the final second of play … The Huskies have gone winless in their last 20 overtime games, with the last win coming on Nov. 13, 2003 against Clarkson (0-9-11 since).

Providence College: The Friars have won six straight games in league play, and are undefeated in their last eight Hockey East contests.

University of Vermont: The Catamounts are at Boston College Saturday at noon part of Hockey East’s Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer Day ... The Eagles swept a pair from UVM at Gutterson Fieldhouse earlier this month.

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