Oct. 19, 2007
BOSTON, Mass. - The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated, 3-2, in overtime by Northeastern in a Hockey East game played at Matthews Arena. NU's Chris Donovan scored at 4:16 of the extra session to give his squad its first win of the season.
The Friars created numerous chances in the first period, but their best opportunity to take the lead came late in the period on the penalty kill as the they had a two-on-one rush. Freshman Matt Germain (Rockland, Mass.) stole the puck at the Friar blue line and played it ahead to classmate Ian O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.). O'Connor attempted to return the pass to Germain, but his attempt was deflected by a Northeastern defenseman and goalie Brad Thiessen caught the puck. On the other end, senior goalie Tyler Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind.) had nine saves in the opening period, including several point black chances. Sims made a right pad save at 2:40 as Donovan had a short-handed breakaway.
The Friars wasted little time to take a 1-0 lead in the first period as junior Matt Taormina (Washington Township, Mich.) scored his first goal of the season at 1:08. Taormina controlled the puck at the left wing of the blue line and fired a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Thiessen, who was screened in front. Senior Jon Rheault (Deering, N.H.) and Ben Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) assisted on the goal. However, the Huskies quickly bounced back to even the score less than a minute later. Steve Silva gained control of the puck just inside the Northeastern blue line and slipped a pass ahead to Ryan Ginand. Ginand skated into the Friar zone before ripping a slap shot from the left face off circle that found the upper right corner of the net at 2:03.
The Friars took a 2-1 lead at 6:37 of the third period, taking advantage of a Northeastern turnover. Junior Kyle Laughlin (Gambrills, Md.) stole an errant pass at the slot and fired a high wrist shot past Thiessen. However, at 9:14 the Friars were assessed a five-minute major penalty and the Friars nearly killed off the penalty, however, with 12 seconds left on the power play, Ginand re-directed a pass from Drew Muench at 14:33 to even the score at 2-2. Donovan sealed the win just 44 seconds into the overtime period.
The Friars will play their home opener on Saturday, October 20 against Holy Cross, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
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