OXFORD, Ohio – Providence College sophomore forward Kasper Björkqvist finished off a rebound with 0.9 seconds remaining in the third period to lift the No. 11/5 Friars to a thrilling 3-2 win over Miami on Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena.
No. 11/5 Providence – 3 | Miami – 2
Providence – 2-0-0 | Miami – 0-2-0
Steve “Coach” Cady Arena – Oxford, Ohio
Hawkey (PC) – 18 saves
Larkin (MU) – 19 saves
- Providence went to work on the power play just 26 seconds into the contest. Miami’s Carson Meyer was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding Jacob Bryson.
- After coming up empty for the first three minutes of the man-advantage, the Friars converted twice in the span of 26 seconds to grab a 2-0 lead.
- Sophomore Vimal Sukumaran one-timed a cross-crease feed from freshman Jason O’Neill. The assist was O’Neill’s first collegiate point and graduate transfer Tommy Davis earned his first point in a Friar uniform on the play.
- Erik Foley extended the lead to 2-0 after one-timing a shot over the shoulder of Larkin. Josh Wilkins and Bryson were credited with the assists on the play.
- After Brandon Duhaime was ejected for a hit from behind, the Friar penalty kill held the RedHawks scoreless, allowing only three shots.
- The RedHawks got one back on the power play at 13:03 of the second period off the stick of defenseman Grant Hutton.
- Providence nearly re-gained to the two-goal cushion off a slick backhand saucer feed from Scott Conway to Sukumaran, but Larkin managed to go post-to-post in time.
- Miami knotted things up early in the third period as Casey Gilling found a seam through traffic.
- The Friars pushed in the final minutes and were rewarded with under a second to play as Björkqvist slammed a rebound of a Ryan Tait shot past Larkin to give Providence a dramatic win.
- Providence is now 6-1-2 in their last eight meetings against the RedHawks.
- The Friars swept the RedHawks in a two-game series for the first time in program history.
- Six different Friars scored this weekend – Tait, Printz, Wilkins, Sukumaran, Foley, and Björkqvist.
HOW THEY SCORED
1-0 (PC) – 4:31/1st – PP – Vimal Sukumaran (O’Neill, Davis) – Cross-crease pass from O’Neill to Sukumaran for a one-timer.
2-0 (PC) – 4:57/1st – PP – Erik Foley (Wilkins, Bryson) – One-timer from the high slot off a feed from Wilkins.
2-1 (MU) – 13:03/2nd – PP – Grant Hutton (Dornbrock, Lown) – One-timer from the point.
2-2 (MU) – 6:29/3rd – EV – Casey Gilling (Hutton, Larkin) – Toss from the point through a screen.
3-2 (PC) – 19:59/3rd – EV – Kasper Björkqvist (Tait, Bryson) – Slammed a rebound through the five-hole on Larkin.
PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: Sukumaran, Foley, Björkqvist (1)
Assists: Bryson (2)
Points: Bryson (2)
Shots: Björkqvist (5)
Providence – 2/5
Miami – 1/5
Providence – 22 (11)
Miami – 20 (9)
The Friars open up their home schedule next Sunday, October 15 against Boston College. Puck drop is slated for 5 p.m. at Schneider Arena.
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