NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Erik Foley had a team-high four points and Shane Kavanagh got the equalizer with 2:59 to play as the No. 10/9 Providence College men's hockey team rallied from a 5-1 deficit to earn a 6-6 tie at Merrimack on Saturday night at Lawler Rink.
No. 10/9 Providence -- 6 | Merrimack -- 6
Providence -- 7-4-1 (4-3-1 HEA) | Merrimack -- 2-7-3 (1-4-1 HEA)
Lawler Rink -- North Andover, Mass.
Hawkey (PC) -- 5 saves; Mollot-Hill -- 15 saves
Pantano (MC) -- 36 saves
- The Warriors got off and running with five first period goals -- led by Ludvig Larsson, Jace Hennig, and Jared Kolquist who each tallied a goal and two assists in the opening 20 minutes.
- After Merrimack opened with a 2-0 lead, the Friars cut the deficit in half as Vimal Sukumaran notched his third of the season, putting a centering feed from Robbie Hennessey into the back of the net. The assist was Hennessey's first point of the season.
- Merrimack added three more goals in the final 10 minutes, including Kolquist's slap shot from the point with 1.2 seconds remaining.
- Despite the score, the Friars held an 11-10 advantage in shots after one period.
- Gabe Mollot-Hill started the second period in goal for the Friars for his second collegiate appearance and first since Oct. 21 at Clarkson.
- The Friars rallied for three goals in the span of 2:57 in the second period to cut the Merrimack lead to 5-4.
- Erik Foley notched his fifth and sixth goals of the season, following by defenseman Spenser Young's second strike of the season moments later to make it a one-goal game.
- After the Warriors took a 6-4 lead on the power play just 24 seconds into the third period, Providence kept grinding and eventually leveled things up at 6-6.
- Jacob Bryson made it a 6-5 game at 9:36 of the third with his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from the top of the slot.
- Shane Kavanagh's second strike of the season with 2:59 to play got the Friars even after out-shooting the Warriors 13-7 in the final stanza.
- Foley's four points matched a career-high for the junior, who last recorded four points against UConn on Feb. 10, 2017.
- Mollot-Hill stopped 15-of-16 shots he faced to earn his first NCAA decision.
- Senior Robbie Hennessey recorded his first-career multi-point game with two assists.
- Sukumaran has recorded two-point efforts in two of his last three games and has now posted five career multi-point games in 36 games played.
- Saturday marked the first 6-6 tie for the Friars since March 3, 2000, vs. Maine.
HOW THEY SCORED
1-0 (MC) -- 1:54/1st -- PP -- Sami Tavernier (Seney, Kolquist) -- Slap shot from the top of the circles over the blocker of Hawkey.
2-0 (MC) -- 7:24/1st -- EV -- Alex Carle (Hennig, Larsson) -- Wrist shot from the top of the circles through a screen.
2-1 (PC) -- 7:39/1st -- EV -- Vimal Sukumaran (Hennessey) -- Putback of a loose puck after Hennessey centered it from the corner.
3-1 (MC) -- 11:52/1st -- EV -- Jace Hennig (Larsson, Kolquist) -- 2-on-0 cross-crease pass from Larsson to Hennig for a one-timer.
4-1 (MC) -- 17:06/1st -- EV -- Ludvig Larsson (McBride) -- Snap shot from the bottom of the circle over the short side shoulder of Hawkey.
5-1 (MC) -- 19:58/1st -- PP -- Jared Kolquist (Hennig, Seney) -- Slap shot through a screen from the point.
5-2 (PC) -- 6:09/2nd -- PP -- Erik Foley (Wilkins, Pinho) -- Wrist shot from the slot over the blocker of Pantano.
5-3 (PC) -- 8:30/2nd -- PP -- Erik Foley (Wilkins, Bryson) -- Rebound off a Wilkins shot at the right post.
5-4 (PC) -- 9:06/2nd -- EV -- Spenser Young (Sukumaran, Mirageas) -- Wrap-around that banked in off a Merrimack skate.
6-4 (MC) - :24/3rd -- PP -- Ludvig Larsson (Hennig, Kolquist) -- Loose puck in front of Mollot-Hill that Larsson fired five-hole.
6-5 (PC) -- 9:36/3rd -- EV -- Jacob Bryson (Foley, Duhaime) -- Wrist shot through traffic from the top of the circles.
6-6 (PC) -- 17:01/3rd -- EV -- Shane Kavanagh (Hennessey, Foley) -- Gathered a loose puck off the faceoff and tucked a shot through the legs of Pantano.
PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: Foley (2)
Assists: Foley (2), Hennessey (2), Wilkins (2)
Points: Foley (4)
Shots: Foley (6)
Providence -- 2/6
Merrimack -- 3/6
Providence -- 42
Merrimack -- 26
Providence will participate in the 2017 Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland next weekend. The Friars will battle Maine in a Hockey East match-up on Friday (Nov. 24) before playing either Clarkson or RPI on Saturday (Nov. 25). Both games can be seen live on NESN (Fri.) and NESN Plus (Sat.).
For more updates on the Providence College men's hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.
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