Providence's Kate Bacon scored a hat trick while teammate Laura Veharanta added a pair of goals as the Friars knocked off St. Lawrence by the score of 6-1 in the Saints' 2010-11 season opener at Schneider Arena in Providence, RI.
Providence College moved to 2-1-0 on the season behind a three-goal first period and a 40-save outing in net by Genevieve Lacasse. The Saints suffer the defeat, which included two empty net goals given up, despite outshooting the Friars 41-27 overall and 13-3 in the third period.
"Providence was able to capitalize on the same opportunities that we had, and that was difference," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "I was excited about many things that we did today. The team has built a great foundation this fall and we look forward to building on it."
The Friars jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 20:00 minutes. Bacon scored the game's first goal at 6:19, her second of the year, before Veharanta pounced on a rebound given up by St. Lawrence goalie Maxie Weisz for the 2-0 cushion at 11:38. Jessica Vella then capped the scoring at 16:06 while skating short-handed, as she blocked a shot in the slot, raced to the puck and scored on a breakaway try against Weisz for the 3-0 lead.
Bacon would make it 4-0 with her second goal of the contest at 3:51 of the second stanza on the power play. She was able to dig the puck free on a scrum in front of the Saints' net and drill a shot behind Weisz for a 4-0 lead.
St. Lawrence cut its deficit to 4-1 at 15:53 of the second period when first-year student Rylee Smith scored her first collegiate goal. Sophomore Brooke Fernandez skated through the neutral zone and into the slot in front of Lacasse's net. The puck was knocked over to Smith inside the left circle and the Hagersville, ON native laced a shot under the cross bar to pull her team to within three after two periods.
However, the final period belonged to Lacasse, as she made 13 saves including four while the Saints were on the power play to secure the victory. Bacon earned the hat trick with an empty-net short-handed goal at 12:45 before Veharanta added an empty net goal at 16:55 to cap the game's scoring at 6-1.
Special teams certainly played a difference in the game, as the Saints finished 0-for-7 on the power play, while Providence was 1-of-3. Weisz finished with 21 saves including 13 in the first period for the Scarlet and Brown.
St. Lawrence will look to earn a split of its opening weekend when they travel to Storrs, CT tomorrow to face off with the UConn Huskies at 1:00pm.