Feb. 10, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 8/8 University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team (17-8-2, 9-5-0) saw its six-game Hockey East winning streak come to end with a 5-1 loss at Providence on Saturday afternoon.
The Friars scored two power-play goals in the game while the Huskies lone mark of the game came with the man advantage in the second period.
Neither team was able to score following the first 20 minutes of play. Each squad registered 10 shots on goal with Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont./Ottawa Inter. AA) and Providence's Genevieve Lacasse keeping the score tied 0-0.
UConn's penalty late in the first period carried over, allowing Providence to remain on the power play early in the second period. Forty-one seconds after the puck dropped in the second, Ashley Cottrell put Providence ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal. Stephanie Morris gave the Friars a 2-0 lead with an unassisted mark a little over two minutes later.
At 7:46 in the third period, Jean O'Neil's third of the season gave the Friars a commanding 3-0 lead.
Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont./Montreal Axion NWHL) sent a pass to Jody Sydor (St. Alberta, Alta./Sturgeon Composite) who fired it on net. Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass./Lawrence Acad.) redirected the shot past Lacasse at 13:42. Hollstein's power-play goal cut the deficit (3-1).
Providence pulled away for good with a pair of goals in the third period. Erin Normore struck on the power play and Mari Pehkonen followed with the fifth Friar goal at 15:39.
The Huskies out-shot the Friars in the third period 13-5, outshooting Providence in the game 35-34. Wilson made 29 saves in the game while UConn forced reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Week Lacasse to make 34 saves.
Sunday UConn hosts Providence at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum for a 1 p.m. face-off. The Huskies will be wearing pink in honor of the Hockey East's Skating Strides for Breast Cancer fundraising event. Fans in attendance will be able to support UConn's fundraising efforts by purchasing prize tickets for an opportunity to win a variety of autographed items including a stick, puck and dry fit long sleeve UConn hockey shirt.