STORRS, Conn. - Three third period goals gave the Providence College
women's hockey team a 6-3 win over the University of Connecticut on
Sunday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.
UConn wraps up its regular season at 17-14-3 overall with the loss and
12-7-2 in Hockey East play while the Friars stand at 15-15-4 overall and
12-6-3 on their league slate.
The Huskies wasted little time in breaking through on the scoreboard as
sophomore Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ont.) collected a loose puck in front
and pushed it past PC netminder Jana Bugden just 2:04 into the game.
Junior Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ont.) and senior Natalie Vibert
(Thunder Bay, Ont.) picked up assists on the goal. The Friars answered
at 13:07 when Kristin Gigliotti scored her first of two goals in the
game when she tallied on her own rebound.
UConn retook the lead at 2-1 17:10 into the first period with a
combination of luck and skill. A clearing attempt by a Friar defenseman
hit the linesman and staying in the UConn offensive zone. Freshman Amy
Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass.) collected the puck and passed it to fellow
freshman Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont.) who let loose a slapshot
from the left point. Junior Britney Chandler (Pickering, Ont.) was in
the slot and tipped Thibault's high shot downstairs and past Bugden. The
lead was short-lived though as PC capped the scoring in a wild first
period just 41 seconds later. Colleen Martin held her ground in the slot
and, like on PC's first strike, put back the rebound of her own shot.
UConn again retook the lead at 16:04 of the second period with a power
play goal. Freshman defenseman Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont.) skated
the puck the length of the ice and fed it to Thibault behind the Friar
net. Thibault skated out in front and roofed a shot past Bugden to put
UConn up 3-2. For the third time, PC would respond as the Friars knotted
the score at 3-3, on the power play, with seven seconds remaining in the
second period. Gigliotti's point shot was deflected on net by Sarah
Feldman. Junior netminder Brittany WIlson (Nepean, Ont.) made the first
save but couldn't stop Mari Pehkonen on the rebound.
The third period was all Friars on the scoreboard. Gigliotti scored the
eventual game-winner at 4:17 followed just 58 seconds later by a goal
from Jenna Keilch. Erin Normore added an empty net goal at 18:42 to
account for the 6-3 final.
Wilson made 26 saves on the day while Bugden stopped 30 shots.
UConn returns to action on Saturday in the semifinals of the Hockey East
Championship. With today's result, UConn finishes as the #4-seed and
will face #1-seed New Hampshire on Saturday in Durham. The winner of
that game will face either #2-seed Boston College or #3-seed Providence
on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.