PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence defeated Connecticut, 4-0, on Saturday in an ECAC Eastern League game at Schneider Arena. The win was the fifth consecutive victory for the Friars, who have gone unbeaten in their last seven games.
Sophomore Sarah Youlen broke a scoreless tie at the 12:52 mark of the second period to give the Friars the only goal they would need. Sophomore Kelli Halcisak skated passed two UConn defenders and fired a wrist shot which was saved by Huskies’ freshman goaltender Shannon Murphy. However, Youlen capitalized on the rebound for her fourth goal of the season.
Freshman Hilary Greaves gave the Friars a 2-0 lead with 14 seconds remaining in the second period as she tallied her eighth goal of the season.
In the third period freshman Rush Zimmerman scored at the 2:18 mark for a 3-0 PC lead, and sophomore Meredith Roth capped off the scoring with a high slapshot which bounced off the crossbar and into the net. For Roth, it was her team-leading fifth power-play goal of the season.
PC outshot UConn, 39-13. Murphy made 35 saves in the loss, while Amy Thomas earned her second career shutout.
With their fifth straight win, the Friars improved to 11-8-3 overall and 6-4-2 in the ECAC Eastern League. UConn fell to 10-12-2 overall and 7-6-1 in league play.