No. 8 UNH Women’s Ice Hockey Falls to Providence, 5-2

Providence, R.I. – Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) recorded her 100th career point with a goal and an assist but Providence College utilized its special teams with two power-play goals and one shorthanded tally to upset the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, 5-2, in Hockey East action Sunday afternoon at Schneider Arena.

UNH, which entered the game with a five-game winning streak and seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1), is now13-8-3 overall and 8-1-1 in Hockey East. Providence, 4-0-1 in its last five home games vs. the Wildcats, improved to 8-11-2, 4-3-1.

Gordon became the 30th Wildcat to reach the 100-point milestone when she scored a power-play goal with 1:14 remaining in the game. She has career totals of 44 goals and 56 assists.

Both teams netted a goal in the opening minute of play and PC scored a power-play goal late in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Sonny Watrous, sent into the offensive zone alone on a Rush Zimmerman pass, scored a breakaway goal 31 seconds into the game. Stephanie Jones (Kimberly, B.C.), with the assistance of Gordon and Debbie Bernard (Acton, Mass.), scored on a scrum in front of the net 28 seconds later to tie the score, 1-1. The Friars regained the lead, 2-1, at 18:16 when Kelli Halcisak wristed a shot from the right circle into the upper-right corner of the net.

In the second period, the Friars extended their lead to 4-1 with a Kristen Porter power-play goal at 2:23 and a shorthanded tally by Christina Redmond at 4:32. Porter scored on her own rebound at the top of the crease and Redmond converted a centering pass from between the faceoff circles.

UNH generated its strongest second-period scoring opportunities in the last five minutes of the stanza with consecutive power plays but were repeatedly turned away by PC goaltender Jana Bugden, who recorded 15 second-period saves. Martine Garland (Toronto, Ont.) beat Bugden with a slap shot from the high slot but the puck caromed of the right post to Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.), who was denied off the rebound by Bugden. In the closing minute, Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.) had a breakaway opportunity that was turned aside by Bugden’s left leg pad.

Watrous potted her second goal of the game on her own rebound at the left post with 22 seconds elapsed from the third period to give PC a 5-1 lead.

Bugden finished with 36 saves and UNH’s Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) stopped 27 shots.

New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 6 at home against Northeastern University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.

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