PROVIDENCE, R.I. (February 10, 2008) - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team fell to Providence College 5-3 on Sunday afternoon in the Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I. The loss marked the Huskies first loss since falling to Harvard 2-0 on Dec. 7, 2007.
The Huskies fall to 18-5-5 overall and 9-3-3 in league play, while Providence improves to 13-12-3 and 8-5-2 in the Hockey East.
Providence jumped to an early lead in the first period scoring at the 12:59 mark to go up 1-0. Mari Pehkonen led the charge for the Friars with the goal, followed with a shot at 17:43 by Kathleen Smith to put the home team up 2-0. The Huskies were out-shot 16-1 in the first period, as junior goaltender Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont.) recorded 14 saves in the first 20 minutes of play.
Sophomore Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass.), the Huskies' leader on Saturday with two crucial points in UConn's 3-0 victory, added to her weekend's performance with the Huskies' first goal of the game less than 30 seconds into the second period. Hollstein's power play goal was assisted by junior Samantha Reid (Innisfil, Ont.) and freshman Brittany Murphy (Tewksbury, Mass.).
But Providence answered back in the second period with two straight goals by Cherie Hendrickson and Jean O'Neill to put the Friars up 4-1. Again the Huskies used the deficit for motivation and recorded two straight goals of their own led by Reid with her fifth goal of the season. Sophomore Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont.) and freshman Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.) picked up their 17th and 12th assists on the year, respectively.
Junior Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ont.) scored the third goal of the game for the Huskies to put UConn back in the game and down just 4-3 going into the third period of play. Tritter's power play goal was her 10th goal of the year. Murphy picked up her second assist of the game, while freshman Jody Sydor (St. Albert, Alta.) also earned an assist on the play.
In the third period the Friars closed the door on the Huskies' comeback as Alyse Ruff scored on a Huskies' empty net at the 19:25 mark to clinch the victory.
Wilson ended the game with 59:10 minutes played and 25 saves in goal. Providence's Danielle Ciarletta recorded 14 stops for the Friars as Providence out shot the Huskies 30-17 in the win.
UConn will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 16 as the Huskies host Boston University in a 1:00 p.m. Hockey East match-up.
During this contest, the Huskies will join the Hockey East Association and fellow Hockey East women's ice hockey programs in the "WHEA Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer" event to take place the weekend of Feb. 16-17. For more information