December 4, 2010

Allen Scores Career-High Two Goals in Women's Hockey 4-2 Loss at #10 Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Julie Allen (Brampton, Ontario) scored a career-high two goals and Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) matched her season high of 27 saves, but the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was defeated 4-2 by 10th-ranked Providence College on Saturday afternoon at Schneider Arena.

UNH is now 8-9-0 overall and 2-7-0 in Hockey East. PC, with its fourth consecutive win in the series vs. the Wildcats, improved to 12-5-1, 3-2-1.

Allen, with the assistance of defensemen Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) and Courtney Sheary (Melrose, Mass.), gave the 'Cats a 1-0 lead at 3:00 of the first period.

UNH led by that one goal at the first intermission despite the Friars' 8-5 shot advantage in the opening stanza.

Providence netted a pair of special teams goals to take a 2-1 lead in the second period. Kate Bacon (goal, assist) scored a power-play goal at 8:40; Corinne Buie (three assists) and goalie Genevieve Lacasse (17 saves) set up that tally. Ashley Cottrell's unassisted shorthanded goal -- the first shorthanded goal surrendered by New Hampshire this season -- gave the home team a 2-1 lead at 12:07.

The Wildcats responded with a power-play goal -- an unassisted tally by Allen -- to tie the score, 2-2, just 27 seconds later.

The scored remained tied through two periods of play with Providence holding a 22-11 shot advantage.

PC scored third-period goals 2:16 apart to quickly build a two-goal advantage. Jennifer Friedman, from Bacon and Buie, netted the Friars' second power-play goal of the game at 3:30, then Laura Vaharanta struck at 5:46.

New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 9 (7 p.m.)  at home against Harvard University and the 'Cats close the month at home Dec. 11 (2 p.m.) vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College.

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