Women’s hockey beats Providence away from home

After a tough few weeks at home, the women’s ice hockey team took to the road last night — and found greater success in Rhode Island than they have had all season on their home ice.

The Bulldogs (4-5-2, 3-4-1 ECAC) eked out a win over Providence (6-7-2) yesterday. It was the squad’s first win in nearly a month and comes on the heels of a difficult 0-4-1 home stretch. And even though the match was not a conference game, it may be the push the Elis need to gather momentum for the long winter break ahead.

A Providence-dominated first period resulted in the Friars leading 1-0 at the end of the stanza, with 10 Providence shots compared to the Bulldogs’ two. But in the second period, the Elis’ offense came together in a big way.

A goal by forward/defender Kristen Stupay ‘09 at 5:22 knotted the score, and at 9:55, defender Helen Resor ‘09 tallied another one for the Bulldogs, snatching the lead from the home team.

Even though the Friars would again significantly outshoot the Elis in the third period, by a margin of 16 to three, goaltender Shivon Zilis ‘08 was up to the challenge, keeping the Bulldogs in the lead even after Providence pulled out goalkeeper Danielle Ciarletta for an extra attacker.

Zillis kept the net safe until the final buzzer, racking up 34 saves and her second win of the season.

The Bulldogs return to Ingalls rink on Sunday afternoon to face conference rival Brown (1-10-1, 1-6-1).

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