Jan. 29, 2011
DURHAM, N.H. -
The Providence College men's hockey team (7-12-5, 3-10-4) was defeated by No. 8/7 New Hampshire (15-5-4, 13-2-2) by a final score of 5-1 Saturday night in a Hockey East game played at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. UNH scored four times in the second period en route to the win.
UNH took a 1-0 first period lead on a power-play goal by Dalton Speelman. Paul Thompson skated down the left wing before slipping a pass to Speelman who tapped the puck into the net from in close at 8:55.
The Friars needed 59 seconds to even the score in the second period. Senior Ian O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) took a pass down the right wing and waited before playing the puck to classmate Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) who fired a wrist shot past UNH goalie Matt DiGirolamo. Senior Matt Germain (Rockland, Mass.) also assisted on the goal. It marked MacKinnon's career-high 13th goal of the season. However, the Wildcats scored the next four goals to take a 5-1 lead after two periods. Thompson capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play at 7:35 to give UNH the lead for good. Austin Block, Greg Burke and John Henrion each scored in a span of 6:31 to complete the scoring in the period.
Providence outshot New Hampshire 38-31 as DiGirolamo stopped 37 shots. PC junior Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ontario) had 26 saves.
The Friars are back in action on Friday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. when they play the first of two games at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt.