PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Genevieve Lacasse stopped all 43 shots she faced to lift the Providence College women’s ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 5-0 victory against sixth-ranked University of New Hampshire in Hockey East action at Schneider Arena.

UNH, which had been idle since Dec. 9 (3-0 win vs. Northeastern), is now 9-5-5 overall and 5-2-3 in Hockey East. Providence, which ended an 11-game winless streak (0-9-2) against New Hampshire, improved to 11-8-2, 6-2-1 to move into a tie with UNH in the league standings at 13 points.

Lacasse made 19 first-period saves and made 19 saves on six UNH power plays. Laura Veharanta led the Friars’ offense, which put the game out of reach with three third-period goals, with a goal and two assists. UNH goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) stopped 31 shots.

New Hampshire carried play through a majority of the first period and generated a 19-8 shot advantage, but the Friars took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Wildcats went on the power play just 61 seconds into the game and had a two-skater advantage for 13 seconds when a second PC skater was sent to the penalty box at 2:48. UNH sustained possession in the zone and generated a total of eight shots – many by Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) from the points and off the rebounds – on the two power play opportunities.

PC went on the power play at 9:23 and scored when Jennifer Friedman’s low shot from the left point was redirected into the net by Veharanta.

UNH had one of its best even-strength scoring opportunities of the opening stanza in the 13th minute when Angela Taylor (Paisley, Scotland) corralled Birchard’s indirect pass off the left boards to create a 2-on-1 rush. Taylor slid a pass across to Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), whose wrister from the right circle was turned aside by Lacasse

The ‘Cats went on the power play again at 15:06, once again sustained pressure in the offensive zone and generated four shots on goal, the last of which was when Lacasse gloved down Kelly Cahill’s(Farmington Hills, Mich.) redirection off the initial shot by Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass) at the left point.

Less than one minute later, Herman was sharp to twice deny Mari Pehkonen at the right doorstep.

In the opening minute of the second stanza, UNH’s Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) broke in alone down the slot, pulled the puck to her backhand and was foiled by Lacasse at the left post.

Herman kept the game at 1-0 with a save against Katy Beach, who rushed down the left wing and maneuvered to the outside past the UNH defense. The Friars extended their advantage to 2-0, however, less than a minute later – at 7:56 – by capitalizing on a 3-on-1 rush. Veharanta, from the slot, slid the puck to the right and Brittany Simpson scored from close range.

Beach was stoned by Herman on a shorthanded breakaway midway through the second period, then the UNH goalie stopped Kate Bacon and Erin Normore in a scrum in front of the net.
            The ‘Cats trailed 2-0 when they went on their fifth power play of the game at 4:16 of the third period, and Lacasse preserved the two-goal margin by turning aside a flurry of shots by Birchard, Taylor and Wakefield.

Bacon gave PC a 3-0 lead at 9:16 when she gained possession off a UNH turnover at the left post. Mari Pehkonen potted the Friars’ second power-play goal of the game at 14:00 when she scored off a rebound from Veharanta’s initial shot. The home team closed the scoring with 1:45 remaining when Beach scored an extra-attacker goal on a delayed penalty call against the Wildcats.

New Hampshire returns to action at home Jan. 16 against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Tickets for the game, which begins at 7 p.m., are available through TicketMaster or by clicking here.


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