Jan. 28, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team opened a home-and-home weekend against Providence with a 2-0 road loss in Hockey East action on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies fell to 3-17-7 overall and 2-9-3 in league play, while the Friars improved to 10-15-3 and 7-7-1.
The two teams take to the ice again tomorrow at 2:00 pm at the Freitas Ice Forum for UConn's annual Skating Strides game benefiting the Friends of Mel Foundation.
Sophomore goaltender Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Man.) was brilliant in net for the Huskies with 35 saves in the first two periods. She was only beaten once in that span when PC's Kate Bacon, assisted by Haley Frade, scored at the 12:01 mark of the second period.
Paniccia stopped another 12 shots in the third period en route to a career-high 47 saves. Trailing 1-0, Paniccia was pulled from the goal with 2:07 left to play. The Friars capitalized with an empty net goal by Jessica Vella with 12 seconds left on the clock.
Providence outshot Connecticut 49-19 for the game as PC goaltender Genevieve Lacasse stopped all 19 shots to earn the shutout.
Both teams went 0-5 on the power play. The UConn penalty kill has shut down 46 of the last 48 opponent power plays.