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History made in Union women's hockey team's win over Providence

By Ken Schott
Friday, October 4, 2013

For the first time in the 11 years the Union women’s hockey team has been at the NCAA Division I level, the Dutchwomen have opened the season 2-0.

Christine Valente and Courtney Turner each scored twice, including the game-winning goal early in the third period, lifting the Dutchwomen to a 5-2 non-conference victory over Providence on Friday night in their Messa Rink opener.

The Dutchwomen beat UConn, 3-2, last Saturday. Last year, the Dutchwomen won their season opener for the first time.

After a scoreless first period, the Friars (0-1) took a 1-0 lead on a Lexi Romanchuk goal 58 seconds into the second. Valente tied it on a power-play goal midway through the second. Turner’s first goal with 7:51 left in the period gave Union the lead.

Valente scored her second goal of the game 2:52 of the third. Ashley Johnston’s power-play goal just over five minutes later made it 4-1.

Brooke Simpson, whose brothers John and Wayne played for the Union Dutchmen, scored a power-play goal for the Friars with 4:43 left. But Turner sealed the deal on an empty-net goal with 1:04 remaining.

Stefanie Thomson had three assists, and goalie Shenae Lundberg stopped 22 shots for the Dutchwomen, who host the Friars again today at 4 p.m.

Providence 0 1 1 — 2
Union 0 2 3 — 5
First Period — None. Penalties — Thunstrom, Prov (cross-checking), 7:18; Davis, Uni (hooking), 14:45.
Second Period — 1, Providence, Romanchuk 1 (Weber), :58. 2, Union, Valente 1 (Tancrell-Fontaine), 9:42 (pp). 3, Union, Turner 1 (McGrath, Panchuk), 12:09. Penalties — Smith, Uni (checking), 2:32; Goodrich, Prov (holding), 5:09; Reid, Prov (interference), 8:38; Illikainen, Prov (tripping), 16:00; Kukowski, Prov (tripping), 18:26.
Third Period — 4, Union, Valente 2 (Thomson), 2:52. 5, Union, Johnston 1 (Thomson), 8:05 (pp). 6, Providence, Simpson 1 (Kukowski, Pendleton), 15:17 (pp). 7, Union, Turner 2 (Thomson), 18:56 (en). Penalties — Thunstrom, Prov (interference), 4:30; Halvorson, Prov (tripping), 7:12; Turner, Uni (interference), 10:52; Norton, Uni (checking), 13:34.
Shots on Goal — Providence 9-4-11 — 24. Union 8-7-5 — 20.
Power-play opportunities — Providence 1 of 4; Union 2 of 7.
Goalies — Providence, Riley 0-1-0 (19 shots-15 saves). Union, Lundberg 2-0-0 (24-22).
A — 100. T — 2:00.
Referees — Venance Lorenz, Anthony Kenney. Linesmen — John Kilmer, Kyle Smiley.

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