Oct. 28, 2011
ORONO, Maine -
The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated at the University of Maine, 5-4, in overtime Friday night in a Hockey East game played at Alfond Arena. Brian Flynn scored with 2:10 left in overtime to seal the win.
Maine pressured the Friars early on, but Providence senior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ont.) made some point-blank stops to keep the game scoreless. Despite the early pressure, it was Providence that took a 1-0 lead when junior Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.), who was playing in his first shift of the season, scored at 3:08. Senior David Brown (Centennial, Colo.) fired a shot that was saved by Martin Ouellette, but Rooney took advantage of the rebound in front. Classmate Robert Maloney (Eagan, Minn.) also assisted on the goal. The Black Bears tied the game at 17:50 as Mike Cornell's shot from the slot eluded Beaudry, who was screened in front.
The Black Bears took a 2-1 lead in the second period on a goal by Joey Diamond from in close at 8:07. The Friars responded at 13:07 when Maloney scored his first goal of the season. While on a two-on-one rush, Rooney slid the pass to Maloney who skated in before lifting a back hander over Ouellette's right shoulder to tie the game at 2-2. David Brown also assisted on the goal. However, Diamond helped Maine regain the lead (3-2) at 16:06 when he scored his second of the period and third of the season.
Two freshmen helped the Friars tie the game (3-3) at 10:06 as they combined to score a short-handed goal. Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) had a wrap-around shot was saved, but classmate Stefan Demopoulos (La Mesa, Calif.) was there for the tap in. The next few minutes were back in forth as two goals were scored in a span of 36 seconds. Kyle Beattie scored for Maine at 13:14 as they led 4-3. PC's Steven Shamanski (Carberry, Man.) scored his first collegiate goal at 13:50 to tie the game. It appeared that Maine had regained the lead 10 seconds later, but the goal was reviewed and disallowed. However, Flynn scored the winner in overtime after a scramble in front.
The two teams will complete the two-game series Saturday night at Alfond Arena.