Orono, Maine - The University of Maine women's ice hockey fell to Providence College by a score of 4-3 this afternoon at the Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. The Black Bears fall to 1-6-0 and 1-4-0 in Hockey East while Providence improves to 5-3-1 on the season.
Molly Illikainen got the Friars on the board first just 2:04 into the first period. Haley Frade picked up the assist on the goal. Lexi Slattery gave Providence a 2-0 lead eight minutes later as she got an assist from Allison Micheletti and Jessica Vella.
Audra Richards (Maplewood, Minnesota) capitalized on the power play try to notch her third goal of the season at 17:01 to cut the providence lead in half. Missy Denk (Poplar Grove, Illinois) and Brittany Dougherty (Chesterfield, Michigan) passed the puck around the back of the net to find the open Richards who put the puck off the right pipe before squeezing by the Friar goalie.
The first period would end with a 2-1 Providence lead.
Tori Pasquariello (Mississauga, Ontario) tied that game at 2-2 12:16 into the second half on a break away score. Katy Massey (Waterville, Maine) stole the puck in the defensive zone, and dished it up to Pasquariello who weaved around a defender to find the one-on-one chance.
Micheletti gave the Friars a 3-2 lead three minutes later on an unassisted goal.
The second period would end with a 3-2 Providence lead.
Frade scored the fourth and final goal for Providence at 06:24 on a power play opportunity. Illikainen and Lexi Romanchuk picked up the assists.
Richards scored her second goal of the contest on a power play opportunity. The goal would come at 16:51 with a Dougherty assist.
Brittany Ott (St. Claire Shores, Michigan) saw her record fall to 1-2-0 on the season as she allowed four goals against with 37 saves.
Sarah Bryant improves to 4-1-1 on the season as she allowed three goals on 16 saves.
The Friars held a 41-19 shot advantage over the Black Bears.
Maine was 2-4 on the power play while Providence was 1-4.
The Black Bears will hit the road as they travel to Bemidji St. for a two game series on November 9 and 10. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:07 CT. Maine returns home on November 17 as it hosts New Hampshire for a 12:00 PM game.