BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomore defenseman Jacob Bryson scored twice, but the University of Vermont scored three power play goals en route to a 4-3 win over the No. 8 Providence College men’s hockey team on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
No. 8 Providence – 3 | Vermont – 4
Providence – 17-9-4 (10-6-4 HEA) | Vermont – 8-15-5 (5-9-4 HEA)
Gutterson Fieldhouse – Burlington, Vt.
Hayden Hawkey (PC) – 23 saves
Stefanos Lekkas (UVM) – 30 saves
- The Friars got off and running just 3:28 into the game as Jacob Bryson notched his second goal of the season and first since Nov. 18. Bryson grabbed a loose puck that trickled out to the point and walked in to beat Lekkas. Josh Wilkins and Scott Conway’s work on a give-and-go earned them assists on the play.
- The teams combined for three goals in a span of 1:20 in the first period. Vermont tied things up shorthanded at 6:09 as Derek Lodermeier scored on his second breakaway opportunity of the weekend.
- Just 43 seconds later, Conway fired home his second goal of the weekend and 10th of the season with a power play strike assisted by Vimal Sukumaran and Spenser Young.
- Craig Puffer cashed in on Vermont’s lone power play of the weekend just 37 seconds later to tie things up at 2-2.
- Ben Mirageas nearly re-gained the lead for the Friars as he trailed the play on a 3-on-1, but Lekkas was able to fend off his attempt.
- The teams clamped down defensively in the second period until late when the Friars and Catamounts traded goals to go into the third period tied at 3-3.
- Bryson netted his second goal of the night after collecting the puck in the neutral zone and carrying to the high slot, whistling a wrist shot into the back of the net.
- Craig Puffer responded for Vermont just 2:01 later with his second power play goal of the night.
- Alex Esposito scored the eventual game-winning goal on the power play with 6:33 remaining.
- Providence’s six-game unbeaten streak at Gutterson Fieldhouse was snapped on Saturday.
- Dating back to the 2014-15 season, the Friars are 19-4-3 in the month of February.
- Bryson recorded his first career multi-goal game.
- Conway has tallied four goals over his last four games for the Friars.
- Providence drops to 5-5-4 on the road in 2017-18.
HOW THEY SCORED
1-0 (PC) – 3:28/1st – EV – Jacob Bryson (Wilkins, Conway) – Bryson grabbed a loose puck and walked in from the point to beat Lekkas under the blocker.
1-1 (UVM) – 6:09/1st – SH – Derek Lodermeier (Petruzzelli) – Shorthanded breakaway backhand under the crossbar.
2-1 (PC) – 6:52/1st – PP – Scott Conway (Sukumaran, Young) – Wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle over the glove of Lekkas.
2-2 (UVM) – 7:29/1st – PP – Craig Puffer (Colton, Darrar) – Shot through a screen from the half wall.
3-2 (PC) – 13:05/2nd – EV – Jacob Bryson – Wrist shot from the high slot past the glove of Lekkas.
3-3 (UVM) – 15:06/2nd – PP – Craig Puffer (Colton) – One-timer from the bottom of the circle that trickled over the goal line.
4-3 (PC) – 13:27/3rd – PP – Alex Esposito (Coughlin, Alvaro) – One-timer from the slot over the blocker of Hawkey.
PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: Bryson (2)
Assists: Conway, Sukumaran, Wilkins, Young (1)
Points: Bryson, Conway (2)
Shots: Pinho (5)
Providence – 1/4
Vermont – 3/5
Providence – 33
Vermont – 27
Providence returns home next Friday night (Feb. 9) to play host to the University of Maine beginning at 7:15 p.m. Friday’s game will be televised live on NESN Plus.
For more updates on the Providence College men's hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.
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