ORONO — Jennifer Friedman scored the winning goal and assisted on the first for the No. 8 Providence College Friars as they edged the Maine women 2-1 in Sunday night ice hockey action at Alfond Arena.
Corinne Buie scored the first goal for the 14-5-1 Friars off assists by Jean O’Neill and Jennifer Friedman in the first period. Christine England made 12 saves on 13 shots. Jessica Cohen and Jessica Vella had assists on Friedman’s goal.
A power-play goal by Dominique Goutsis 3 minutes and 13 seconds into the third period halved the lead, but it wasn’t enough for the 8-8-4 Black Bears. Melissa Gagnon and Chloe Tinkler each were credited with assists on the goal. Brittany Ott saved 29 of 31 shots.
The Black Bears would have an opportunity late when they went on the power play with 3:49 remaining but could not capitalize.
Ott was solid in net for Maine, making many top notch saves to keep the game close. Her record slips to 6-7-3.
Providence outshot Maine 31-13. The Black Bears were 1-7 on the power play and killed off all seven of the Friars’ man-advantages.
The two teams finish up the series Monday at 3 p.m. at Alfond Arena.