Providence blanks New Hampshire
Gauthier’s two goals paces PC to fifth consecutive win over UNH
New Hampshire Athletics
DURHAM, N.H. – Genevieve Lacasse recorded 31 saves, including 13 in each of the second and third periods, to provide the backbone for ninth-ranked Providence's 2-0 Hockey East victory against New Hampshire Friday at the Whittemore Center.
UNH recorded the shot advantage all three periods (5-1, 13-10, 13-8), but lost its ninth consecutive Hockey East game to fall to 2-9-0 in the league and 9-12-0 overall. Providence, which has won five consecutive games vs. the Wildcats, improved to 15-7-1 overall, 6-4-1 HE.
In the scoreless first period, UNH generated the most only serious scoring opportunity in the 14th minute when Kristine Horn got behind the defense, deked Lacasse in the slot but the PC netminder stopped the low wrister.
The Friars created a 2-on-1 rush 45 seconds into the second period in which Corinne Buie was denied by UNH goaltender Lindsey Minton, one of her 17 saves on the night.
Two minutes later, a long outlet pass by Courtney Birchard found Molly Morrison at the blue line. Morrison fended off a defender down the slot and her bid was thwarted by Lacasse.
In the fifth minute, PC generated another 2-on-1 chance and this time Buie was turned away from the slot.
UNH counterattacked with Katie Brock executing a pass from the defensive zone to Horn at the center line on the left wing. Horn carried to the circle and centered the puck toward the far post, where the charging Hannah Armstrong redirected a shot on net. Lacasse, however, slid across the crease to keep the game scoreless.
Providence took a 1-0 lead at 10:15 of the first period. Alyse Ruff’s initial shot from the slot sailed wide left of the cage, but Kate Bacon corralled the puck behind the net and sent it back in front to Ruff, who shot it into the cage. Buie was also credited with an assist.
In the 12th minute, an indirect pass by Raylen Dziengelewski sprung Horn on another breakaway opportunity. Horn advanced down the slot and was denied twice by Lacasse.
In the opening minutes of the third period, the ‘Cats generated a 2-on-2 chance in which Julie Allen, from the right circle, sent a centering pass to the slot that was one-timed by Sarah Campbell. Lacasse, however, blocked aside that shot.
The Friars extended the lead to 2-0 at 14:53 when Abby Gauthier collected a loose puck high in the defensive zone and charged to create a breakaway down the slot.
PC was whistled for a minor penalty at 16:34, at which point UNH called time out and pulled Minton to create a two-skater advantage. One minute later, a flurry by the ‘Cats resulted in shots by Nicole Gifford and Kristina Lavoie. Then in the waning moments of the power play, Morrison’s one-timer from the slot was denied by Lacasse and Allen’s shot off the rebound from the left doorstep ricocheted off the near post.