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Providence, R.I. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team was defeated by Northeastern University, 5-4. Despite the Friars coming back from a 3-0 defecit to tie the game at 3-3, the Huskies were able to earn the win behind the strenghth of three power play goals. Providence now stands at 1-3-2 (1-2-1 HOCKEY EAST), while Northeastern improves to 1-6-1 (1-1-0 HOCKEY EAST).
After some up and down play from both sides, the Huskies jumped on the board first at 13:08 of the first period when Kristi Kehoe netted NU's first power play goal of the night. Just 13 seconds later, NU increased the lead to 2-0 as Annie Hogan scored, with assists going to Alyssa Wohlfeiler and Ginny Berg. NU made it 3-0 at 15:34 as Lori Antflick netted her first of the season. PC got on the board at the 17:02 mark while on the power play. From the point, junior Brittany Simpson (Barrie, Ont.) passed the puck down low to senior Kathleen Smith (Waterloo, Ont.), who then found classmate Sarah Feldman (Fall River, Mass.) at the far post with a pass. Feldman put it in the back of the net for her second power play goal of the season.
In the second period, PC dominated play, outshooting the Huskies 16-4. The Friars were able to cut the lead to one goal at 18:14 when freshman Alyse Ruff (Taulatin, Ore.) put in a rebound that was created off a Rachel Crissy (Napperville, Ill.) drive from the point. Feldman was also credited with an assist on the play, as she was able to pass the loose puck to Ruff after Crissy's initial shot. Then, with 56 seconds to play in the period, senior Danielle Tangredi (London, Ont.) tied the score at 3-3, as she notched her first goal as a Friar. She skated down the outside and beat NU goaltender Leah Sulyma for the score. Kelli Doolin (Dorchester, Mass.) and Smith were credited with assists.
In the third period, NU's Chelsey Jones scored two consecutive power play goals to gain the lead back for the Huskies. Jones' first was at 9:52, while her second was at 10:48. Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) answered quickly for the Friars at 11:27, as she rang a shot off the post and in from the bottom of the face-of circles, but it was as close as the Friars would get. O'Neill's goal was assited by Katy Beach (Cleveland, Ohio). Sulyma made 31 saves to earn the win, while Jennifer Smith (St. Labans, Vt.) and Danielle Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.) combined to make 24 saves for the Friars.
The Friars return to action Saturday, November 10 for a HOCKEY EAST game against the Catamounts of Vermont. The game will be played at 2:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. at Schneider Arena.