PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The No. 10 Providence College women's ice hockey team shut out No. 5 New Hampshire, 3-0, on Saturday, February 1 at Schneider Arena.
Providence played a strong all-around game as they tallied three goals against New Hampshire. The Friars got on the board early in the second period as senior Danielle Culgin (Framingham, Mass.) fired the puck past the Wildcats' goaltender Jen Huggon on a breakaway that was started by a long pass from sophomore Danielle Bourgette (Anaheim, Calif.). Sophomore Ashley Payton (Chesterfield, Mo.) scored the Friars' second goal with 51 seconds left in the second period with assists from fellow sophomores Rush Zimmerman (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and Hilary Greaves (Cranston, R.I.).
Payton scored her second goal of the day with 3:56 gone in the third period as Huggon was unable to clear a rebound from a Greaves shot that was setup by a pass from junior Sarah Youlen (Potsdam, N.Y.).
Providence outshot New Hampshire, 35-20, while freshman goaltender Jana Bugden (Corner Brook, Newfoundland) earned her fifth shutout of the season making 20 saves. Bugden improved her record to 12-4-2 on the year and helped the Friars move to 14-5-6 overall and 9-0-1 in HOCKEY EAST as the Wildcats fell to 20-5-2 overall and 9-1-0 in HOCKEY EAST.
No. 10 Providence College returns to action on Sunday, February 2 when they travel to Durham, N.H. to play the Wildcats in the back end of their home-and-home series at the Whittemore Center at 2:00 p.m.