Feb. 21, 1998
Walter Brown Arena, Boston, Mass.
BOSTON, Mass. -- The fourth-ranked Boston University Terriers defeated the Providence College Friars, 3-2, in HOCKEY EAST action on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Boston, Mass.
BU took a 1-0 lead when Chris Heron popped in a rebound on a power play at 7:51 of the first period. The Terriers extended their lead to 2-0 with their second power-play goal of the period as Tom Poti finished off a two-on-one break in at 18:55.
The Terriers opened the scoring in the second period with their third power-play goal when Nick Gillis tipped Chris Kelleher's shot from the point which eluded Friar netminder Boyd Ballard at the 4:03 mark.
Fernando Pisani tallied the Friars' first goal of the game when he took a long rebound and fired a high blast from the top of the right face-off circle past BU goaltender Tom Noble at 2:27 of the third. PC struck again at 4:06 of the third when Mike Omicioli gave the puck to Mike Farrell who one-timed a shot past BU goaltender Michel Larocque who faced his first shot after replacing an injured Noble. PC continued to pressure in the third, but its comeback fell short as the Terrier defense withstood the Friar surge.
Noble and Larocque combined recorded 15 saves in the win. Ballard registered 33 stops for the Friars and earned the game's No. 2 star.
With the win the Terriers raised their record to 23-5-2 overall and 14-4-2 in HOCKEY EAST action while Providence fell to 13-15-3 overall and 7-12-2 in league play.
Providence College will return to action on Friday, Feb. 27 against Merrimack at PC's Schneider Arena at 7:00 p.m.
Game Stats Providence College (13-15-3) 0 0 2 -- 2 12-32 0-4 Boston University (23-5-2) 2 1 0 -- 3 8-16 3-7 Per Time Team Goal Scorer (Assists) 1 7:51 BU Chris Heron 3 (Scott Perry, Jeff Kealty) PP 1 18:55 BU Tom Poti 10 (Chris Drury, Nick Gillis) PP 2 4:03 BU Nick Gillis 6 (Chris Kelleher) PP 3 2:27 PC Fernando Pisani 14 (Josh MacNevin, Doug Sheppard) 3 4:06 PC Mike Farrell 4 (Mike Omicioli, Mike Mader) Saves: Boyd Ballard (PC) 15 5 13 --33 (60:00) Tom Noble (BU) 1 8 1 --10 (43:10) Michel Larocque (BU) x x 5 --5 (16:50) Attendance: 3,337 (Walter Brown Arena)
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