BOSTON, Mass. – Scott Conway scored two goals and Ben Mirageas added two points as the No. 10/10 Providence College men’s hockey team skated to a 4-4 tie at No. 8/9 Northeastern on Friday night at Matthews Arena.
No. 10 Providence – 4 | No. 8/9 Northeastern – 4
Providence – 16-8-2 (9-5-2 HEA) | Northeastern – 15-6-3 (11-4-1 HEA)
Matthews Arena – Boston, Mass.
Hayden Hawkey (PC) – 20 saves
Cayden Primeau (NU) – 29 saves
- An excited opening period saw the Friars out-shot the Huskies by a 13-8 margin, despite a strong push by Northeastern in the opening five minutes of play.
- Scott Conway struck first and put the Friars up 1-0 with his seventh tally of the season at 9:58 of the first period. Conway’s forecheck forced a turnover as he fed Brandon Duhaime at the doorstep and cleaned up the rebound. Josh Wilkins also was credited with an assist on the play. Duhaime led all players in the first period with three shots on goal.
- Providence killed off 1:55 of the nation’s top-ranked power play until Jeremy Davies’ point shot found its way through traffic and past Hawkey with 1:53 remaining in the period to tie the score at one.
- The game remained scoreless through a majority of the second before the Friars re-gained the lead on Conway’s second goal of the night, this time on the power play, to give Providence a 2-1 lead.
- The Friars ran their lead to two goals as Ben Mirageas jumped on a turnover inside the Northeastern blue line and fired a wrist shot under the crossbar for his eighth goal of the season with 17.4 seconds remaining in the period.
- Adam Gaudette drew the Huskies within one at the 8:24 mark of the third, but Vimal Sukumaran responded just 24 seconds later as he chipped a loose puck over Primeau, who vacated his net to make a play on the puck. It was Sukumaran’s seventh strike of the season.
- Eric Williams brought the Huskies back within one at the 11:27 mark.
- With Primeau pulled for the extra attacker, Gaudette’s one-timer from the left circle tied things up with 47 seconds remaining in regulation.
- Providence carried the play in overtime and nearly poked home the winner on a goal-mouth scramble in the waning seconds.
- Hawkey denied Matt Filipe all alone in front during the overtime session to preserve the tie.
- Providence improved to 9-1-1 on Friday night’s in 2017-18.
- Conway tallied his second multi-goal game of the season on Friday night. The last came in a 8-3 win against RIT on Dec. 8.
- Mirageas registered his fourth multi-point effort of the season on Friday night.
- No penalties were called in the final 25 minutes of play.
HOW THEY SCORED
1-0 (PC) – 9:58/1st – EV – Scott Conway (Duhaime, Wilkins) – Cross-crease pass from Conway to Duhaime for a one-timer and Conway finished off the rebound into an empty net.
1-1 (NU) – 18:07/1st – PP – Jeremy Davis (Gaudette, Solow) – Slap shot from the point through a screen.
2-1 (PC) – 17:49/2nd – PP – Scott Conway (Young, Mirageas) – One-timer from the right circle off a feed from Spenser Young.
3-1 (PC) – 19:43/2nd – EV – Ben Mirageas – Wrist shot through a screen from the high slot.
3-2 (NU) – 8:04/3rd – EV – Adam Gaudette – Snap shot through the five-hole from the bottom of the right circle.
4-2 (PC) – 8:30/3rd – EV – Vimal Sukumaran (Conger) – Beat Primeau to a loose puck and chipped it over him into an empty net.
4-3 (NU) – 11:27/3rd – EV – Eric Williams (Filipe, Solow) – Shot from the top of the right circle that hit a body out front.
4-4 (NU) – 19:13/3rd – EX – Adam Gaudette (Sikura, Stevens) – One-timer from the left circle.
PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: Conway (2)
Assists: Conger, Duhaime, Mirageas, Wilkins, Young (1)
Points: Conway, Mirageas (2)
Shots: Bjorkqivst, Duhaime (5)
Providence – 1/3
Northeastern – 1/2
Providence – 33
Northeastern – 24
Providence and Northeastern will conclude their regular season series on Saturday night at Schneider Arena.
For more updates on the Providence College men's hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.
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