posted on: Thursday September 30, 2010
Al Daniel ’11/Sports Staff
Revving up her turbine blades, the fastest pair on the Women’s Hockey Team, Kate Bacon ’12 personified the momentum that could stay only briefly in the hands of the McGill Martlets.
At the halfway mark of Saturday’s third period, with a 4-4 tie in place after the Friars had once trailed 3-1, Bacon was touring the puck through neutral ice when Logan Murray bumped her from behind, resulting in an interference minor. It was the third penalty Bacon had drawn on the Marlets all day.
“I think it’s just a team goal,” said the speedster, who also led the Friars with five points on the weekend. “Just keep your feet moving. I always skate my hardest every time, hopefully force them to pull me down, and get power plays for our team.”
With 25 ticks to spare on that power play, defender Christie Jensen ’12 fed partner Amber Yung ’11 along the far circle-top. Yung’s slapper cleared a screen set up by Laura Veharanta ’12 and beat McGill goaltender Andrea Weckham, ultimately spelling the difference in a 6-4 triumph that completed a sweep of the two-game exhibition series.
“I’m not going to say I expected it, but we knew [the second game] was going to be a lot harder,” said Head Coach Bob Deraney. “It’s a game where you get tempted to look for an easy way. We didn’t pay as much attention to detail as we did for 60 minutes on Friday. The first period, we hardly paid attention to detail at all, and that was the difference between the first period and the last two periods. We really buckled down and that was what carried us.”
Reeling off of Friday’s 3-1 win, the Friars ran up the shooting gallery and nabbed an early lead Saturday with a goal by Rebecca Morse ’14 at 6:55 of the opening frame. But the Martlets were quick to disassemble PC goaltender Christina England ’11 with what little ammo they were allotted. By the 13:34 mark, England had yielded to Nina Riley ’14 after spilling the lead with two goals on four shots faced.
Riley, seeing her first sliver of action as a collegiate athlete, would let in the only bid she faced in the first period, but went on to repel 10 of 11 stabs in the second. Staggeringly, her services were hardly required in the closing frame, when PC outshot McGill, 17-0.
England, who only had to stop 16 of 17 shots on Friday, and Riley were both getting a critical feel for the college crease while celestial minute-muncher Genevieve Lacasse was at a five-day Team Canada camp in Calgary. Lacasse is expected to miss three regular season games in January to take part in an international U22 tournament, which will mean resorting to one or both of her backups, neither of whom has ever played more than five minutes in an NCAA game.
“I think we played really good defense,” said Deraney of England’s first impression. “I think Christina had to make some saves and she made the saves when we needed them.”
“We are a team and we should be able to play anybody on the ice at any given time, and that’s what [Friday’s game] displayed.
“She won the game,” he said of Reilly. She went in down, 2-1, she gave up two goals in a little over 40 minutes, and ended up getting the win. I always say, good goaltending is ‘I’ll give up a tie, but I won’t give up a lead.’ And that’s what she did.”
Within the first 10 minutes of Saturday’s second period, Providence renewed their lead to 4-3 on goals from Ashley Cottrell ’12, Yung, and Bacon. Leslie Oles retied the game for McGill on a power play at 12:42, but after her sweatiest stanza was over, it was Riley’s turn for relief. Bacon drew her second opposing penalty of the day at 6:29 of the third period, terminating what could have been a productive Martlets power play after only 10 seconds, and the visitors never got another look at their target. “It goes both ways,” said Yung. “We helped out our goalie and the goalie saved our butts a couple of times too, so I think it was a good effort by both parties.”