Providence, R.I. - Providence took the lead half way through the first period on a power-play goal and never relinquished the lead, as they went on the beat the Huskies of Connecticut by a score of 4-1. Providence now stands at 14-15-4, and 11-6-3 in HOCKEY EAST play, while UConn drops to 17-13-3 and 12-6-2 in HOCKEY EAST play.
Senior Kristin Gigliotti (Saquoit, N.Y.) got the Friars on the board at the 9:46 mark of the first period when she blasted a shot from the left point to beat UConn goalie Brittany Wilson. The power-play goal was assisted by Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ont.) and Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland). Senior goaltender Jana Bugden (Corner Brook, Newfoundland) made several key saves to close out the period, as the Huskies were able to out-shoot the Friars by a 15-9 margin.
Pehkonen scored two goals in the second period to give the Friars some insurance. Her first, which came 1:21 into the period, was assisted by Gigliotti. Pehkonen's next goal came off of a face-off win by senior Sonny Watrous (Albuquerque, N.M.), and put the Friars up, 3-0. UConn edged back into the game when they were skating with a 5X3 advantage and Michelle Binning beat Bugden, who was screened in front. Cristin Allen and Natalie Vibert assisted on the goal.
In the third period junior Jenna Keilch scored the Friars' second power-play goal of the afternoon to close out the scoring. From the point, Rachel Crissy (Naperville, Ill.) fed Keilch down low who took an initial shot that was saved, but then she jammed home her fifth goal of the season. Bugden finished with 26 saves for the Friars, while Wilson had 31 for the Huskies.
The Friars close out the regular season tomorrow against the Huskies at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Connecticut at 1:00 p.m. With a PC win, the Friars would move up to the third seed in the HOCKEY EAST tournament.