No. 9 Men's Hockey Advances to the Hockey East Final with OT Victory Over No. 7 Northeastern

March 17, 2018

Box Score

BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Brandon Duhaime lifted the No. 9 Providence College men's hockey team over No. 7 Northeastern in overtime of the Hockey East Semifinal on Friday, March 16 at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The Friars advance to the title game for the first time since 2001 with the 3-2 victory.

No. 9 Providence - 3 | No. 7 Northeastern - 2

Providence - 23-10-4 (13-7-4 HEA) | Northeastern - 23-9-5 (15-6-3 HEA)

TD Garden - Boston, Mass.

Hayden Hawkey (PC) - 38 saves
Cayden Primeau (NU) - 31 saves

- Vimal Sukumaran got the Friars on the board with a goal at the 8:57 mark of the opening frame. Davis Bunz took a shot from the point and Sukumaran was able to shove it past Cayden Primeau for the early 1-0 lead.
- Sukumaran's tally was his 10th of the season, while Bunz's assist marked his second of the season.
- Northeastern managed 13 first period shots, however Hayden Hawkey was there to stop all of the Huskies' first-period bids.
- Providence was able to kill off three straight penalties through the middle of the second stanza. Northeastern managed nine shots on those three attempts, but could not find a goal.
- The Friars earned their first power play of the day as Biagio Lerario went to the box for both hitting after the whistle and roughing. With two-seconds remaining on the man-advantage Dylan Sikura tied the game for the Huskies.
- Sikura's short-handed goal marks his 21st of the year and extends his point streak to three games. Adam Gaudette picked up his 30th assist of the season and is now on a ten-game scoring streak.
- Just 3:03 into the third period, Austin Goldstein gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead. His first collegiate goal came off a rebound in front. John Picking and Jeremy Davies earned the assists.
- With merely 1:51 remaining in regulation, Kasper Bjorkqvist tied the game for the Friars. Brandon Duhaime took a shot that bounced off the end boards and popped out in front. Bjorkqvist was there to roof the puck past Primeau for the late equalizer.
- At the end of regulation, Northeastern led 37-31 in shots. The Friars outshot the Huskies 15-8 in the third period.
- 9:55 into the overtime frame, Brandon Duhaime scored to end the game. Tommy Davis' shot was blocked in the slot, but Duhaime was there to pick up the loose puck and score. Scott Conway earned the secondary assist on the play.
- The Friars will make their first appearance in the title game since 2001. It is the program's fifth championship game appearance in program history.
- Providence captured its second overtime victory over the Huskies this season.
- Saturday will mark the second meeting between Boston University and Providence in the Hockey East title game, with the Terriers taking a 3-2 win in 1995.

1-0 (Providence) - 8:57/1st - EV - Vimal Sukumaran (Bunz) - Bunz shot from the point, redirected in front by Sukumaran.
1-1 (Northeastern) - 18:06/2nd - SH - Dylan Sikura (Gaudette) - Wrist shot from the left circle that beat Hawkey glove side.
2-1 (Northeastern) - 3:03/3rd - EV - Austin Goldstein (Picking, Davies) - Rebound goal in front.
2-2 (Providence) - 18:09/3rd - EV - Kasper Bjorkqvist (Duhaime) - Duhaime's shot went wide and bounced off the end boards to Bjorkqvist in front.
3-2 (Providence) - 9:55/OT - EV - Brandon Duhaime (Davis, Conway) - Scramble in the slot after a blocked shot.

Goals: Sukumaran, Bjorkqvist, Duhaime (1)
Assists: Bunz, Duhaime, Davis, Conway (1)
Points: Duhaime (2)
Shots: Duhaime, Wilkins (6)

Providence - 0/3
Northeastern - 0/3

Providence – 34
Northeastern – 40

The Friars will face the No. 4-seeded Boston University Terriers in the Hockey East Championship game tomorrow night (March 17). Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

For more updates on the Providence College men's hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.



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