PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior forward Arielle O'Neill (St. Catherines, Ontario) notched a shorthanded goal in the third period to help the Wildcats notch a 2-2 tie at Providence Sunday afternoon. The draw sets the Wildcats at 4-7-1 overall and 2-2-1 in conference play while the Friars are now 7-4-2 overall and 5-1-2 in Hockey East action.
The two teams piled on the offense in the first period with the 'Cats outshooting the Friars, 10-8. Marie-Eve Jean (Gatineau, Quebec) made saves on all eight shots she faced while Nina Riley did the same on the 10 shots sent her way for Providence. Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) helped pace the UNH attack with a pair of on-target shots in the period.
Megan Armstrong (Edina, Minn.) broke the stalemate just over halfway through the period when she tallied her first goal of the season on a power play. Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) notched the assist on the play.
Providence notched a 1-1 tie at the 14:55 mark when Maggie Pendleton notched her first goal of the year. Beth Hanrahan and Jessica Vella registered the first and second assist on the play. The Friars took their first lead of the game at 18:55 as Jessica Vella notched her second point of the period with a goal. Haley Frade found Vella on the play for the assist. After two periods of play, Providence held a 2-1 lead.
At the 3:08 mark of the third period, O'Neill notched the first shorthanded goal of the year for the Wildcats for her second tally of the season. Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) found O'Neill on the play for the first assist as Kailey Chappell (Pickering, Ontario) found Hitchcock for the second assist. The Wildcats pounded Providence with shots a total of 15 shots in the period while Jean made saves on all nine shots for a perfect third period. After three periods of play, the Wildcats were headed to their first overtime period of the year.
New Hampshire was persistent on offense in the overtime frame as they launched four shots on goal, all of which were saved by Riley. After an additional five minutes, the game was finalized with a 2-2 draw.
Jean made 25 saves in the effort on the 27 shots that she faced. Her record now stands at 0-1-1 on the year. Riley made 36 saves on the 38 shots the Wildcats sent her way. Her record stands at 1-2-1. UNH outshot Providence by a total of 38-27 and were 1-for-5 on the power play while the Friars were 0-for-4 with the advantage.
NeNew Hampshire will return to the ice when it travels to Maine for one game Saturday, Nov. 17. Puck drop is set for 12 p.m.