PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team fell behind 3-0 in the opening minutes of the first period en route to a 6-2 loss to Providence College at Schneider Arena on Sunday afternoon.
UNH lost for the second time in as many days – the Wildcats fell 5-2 at fifth-ranked Boston University on Saturday – to fall to 4-6-2 overall and 0-4-1 in Hockey East. PC was victorious for the second consecutive day to improve to 5-6-3, 4-2-1.
UNH starting goaltender Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) exited the game at 11:59 of the second period with the Wildcats trailing 4-0. She was charged with the loss in a 12-save effort. Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) made her collegiate debut in a relief stint of 28:01 and stopped 18 of 20 shots on goal.
PC goalie Genevieve Lacasse was credited with 20 saves. Laura Veharanta led the offense with a goal and two assists.
Providence scored on three of its first four shots of the game to quickly establish a 3-0 lead 3:01 into the opening stanza. Veharanta, with the assistance of Ashley Cottrell and Jessica Cohen, potted a goal on the first shot of the game 47 seconds after the opening faceoff.
PC then struck 13 seconds apart when Maggie Pendleton scored at 2:48 and then Abby Gauthier scored off a rebound from Veharanta's initinal shot that was stopped by Minton.
UNH started to build some momentum and went on the first power play of the game at 7:04. Maggie Hunt (Naperville, Ill.) tested Lacasse early and the PC netminder also turned aside Katie Brock (Marblehead, Mass.) and Hunt once again to preserve the Friars' three-goal lead.
Providence had a power-play opportunity at 11:26, but Minton denied both Veharanta and Cohen to keep the deficit at 3-0.
In the closing minutes of the period, Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) and Caroline Broderick (Marblehead, Mass.) fired shots on goal that were stopped by Lacasse, who finished with 10 first-period saves.
The Friars began the second period with 85 seconds remaining on a power play, but the 'Cats held PC without a shot during that skater advantage.
New Hampshire gained its second power play at 2:16 and was able to sustain pressure in the offensive zone, but Lacasse kept the Wildcats scoreless with saves against Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario), Brock and Kayla Mork (Victoria, Minn.).
PC extended the advantage to 4-0 just 47 seconds after that successful penalty kill on a goal by Cottrell at 4:53.
UNH was whistled for minor penalties at 5:53 and 9:57 but Minton was called upon to make just one save during those two Friars' power plays.
Minton exited the game at 11:59 in favor of Bradley, who allowed a goal on the first collegiate shot she faced when Corinne Buie scored at 12:55 to give the home team a 5-0 lead.
UNH responded with a goal 62 seconds later at 13:57 when O'Neill scored her first goal of the season. Lavoie and Lascelle were credited with assists; both players moved into a tie for second on the team in that statistic with O'Neill at four.
Bradley made two saves in as many minutes before PC went on its fourth power play of the game at 17:41 and she made two saves during that penalty kill.
The Wildcats were shorthanded again at 3:27 of the third period, but Bradley made four stops to keep the score 5-1. UNH was whistled for another minor penalty 92 seconds later, and the 'Cats held Providence without a shot on goal during PC's sixth power-play opportunity of the day.
After spending nearly half the opening 10 minutes of the third period shorthanded, UNH recorded a shot by Bryanna Farris (Carleton Place, Ontario) that was stopped by Lacasse.
Bradley recorded two more saves before Jessica Vella gave the Friars a 6-1 lead at 15:12. PC continued to generate pressure and forced Bradley to make three more stops before Gifford, with the assistance of Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) and Hunt, scored her third goal of the season to make the score 6-2 at 18:51. Horn also climbed into a tie for second on the team in assists with that helper.
PC finished with a 36-22 shot advantage, including 15-3 in the third period. UNH was 0-for-3 on the power play and 6 of 6 on the penalty kill.
New Hampshire returns to action with a two-game road series against the University of Minnesota on Nov. 18-19. The Wildcats' next home game is Nov. 25 (7 p.m.) against the University of Maine.