PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 16, 2008) – A pair of late goals spelled defeat for the University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team on Sunday at Schneider arena. UConn lost 2-0 to Providence despite out shooting the Friars (30-20) and fall to 6-5-2 on the season. The Huskies are now 3-3-0 in Hockey East play.
Connecticut’s offense pressured freshman Genevieve Lacasse early with nine shots in the first 20 minutes of play. Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass./Lawrence Academy) was responsible for three shots on goal in the first period.
In the second period, the Huskies fired five of their 11 shots off between two power-play opportunities. UConn denied the Friars the same chance as the Huskies were not called for a penalty in the second period. Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont./Toronto Jr. Aeros. Inter) had some solid opportunities in the second with three shots on goal. The Huskies were unable to score as Lacasse continued to make the saves necessary to keep the game scoreless after 40 minutes of play.
The Friars (6-5-1, 3-2-1) fired nine shots on freshman netminder Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que./Dawson College). Garcia, starting her fourth game of the season, came in with a team-best .912 save percentage. She stopped each of Providence’s scoring leader Laura Veharanta three shots in the second and denied her a goal in the game.
With less than six minutes remaining in regulation, Alyse Ruff scored on her lone shot of the game. Providence led 1-0 after the power-play goal at 14:05. Friar’s empty-net goal in the final minute of play gave the game its 2-0 final with Kate Bacon scoring her fourth of the season.
Garcia (1-2-1) finished the game with 18 saves while Lacasse (5-3-0) earned her first shutout victory with 30 saves against the Huskies.
UConn hosts Boston College (7-2-2, 4-1-1) on Thursday for a 7 p.m. face off at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
· With 30 shots against the Friars, UConn has now out shot its opponent for six-straight games.
· This is the first time five games that UConn has been held scoreless on the power play and just the fourth time this season.
· The Huskies are now 8-18-2 against Providence in the all-time series.