Tuesday, October 30, 2007
STRONG START PROPELS PROVIDENCE PAST BOSTON COLLEGE, 3-2
Mari Pehkonen and Sarah Feldman each post goal and assists for PC
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - No. 9 Boston College dropped its second Hockey East game in the form of a 3-2 loss to Providence on Tuesday night. The Eagles drop to 4-2-1, 1-2-0 in the conference, while the Friars tallied their first win of the season (1-2-2) and stand at 1-1-1 in the conference. PC scored all three of its goals in the first period, while BC knocked in its two in the second stanza.
The Friars started the scoring in the seventh minute of action on a scramble in front of the Eagles' net. Junior Mari Pehkonen managed to get the puck to senior Sarah Feldman, who slipped it past sophomore goaltender Molly Schaus.
The goal-scoring pair nailed a second goal nine minutes later on a power-play opportunity. This time, Feldman brought the puck behind the net and dished to Pehkonen, who was positioned on the left post. Pehkonen nailed it in to give Providence a 2-0 lead.
PC scored its third goal only thirty seconds later by winning the faceoff and pushing the puck up ice as fast as possible. Freshman Amber Young passed to senior Jenna Keilch, who gave it up to freshman Alyse Ruff for the Friars' third goal of the period.
At the end of the first, with a 3-0 lead, Providence outshot BC, 10-7.
Less than a minute into the second stanza, sophomore Kelli Stack dished to junior Meghan Fardelmann, who broke away from the pack and find the back of the net in the first 51 seconds. Fardelmann recorded her fourth goal of the season and cut the lead to two.
Senior Brie Baskin brought the game even closer on her first goal of the season. Junior Maggie Taverna passed to Fardelmann, who fired the puck from high on the left faceoff circle. Baskin deflected it with her body into the net to make the deficit one.
The Eagles took 13 shots on Friars' goaltender Jennifer Smith, and only allowed their opponents four in the period.
BC pulled Schaus with 1:15 left in the game, but could not score a goal with the advantage and Providence came away with the hard-fought win. Shots were almost even, with Boston College have a slight 25-22 edge. Schaus recorded 19 saves to Smith's 23. Each team was able to capitalize on one power-play; the Friars were one-for-five and the Eagles were one-for-six.
Boston College plays another conference game on Friday, Nov. 2 at 4:00 p.m. when it travels to Burlington, Vt. to take on the Catamounts.