Nov. 7, 1997
Providence Wins Thriller, 6-5
DULUTH, Minn. -- The Providence College Friars earned a thrilling 6-5 overtime victory over the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs as center Jon Coe tipped a shot by Rich Miller that found the back of the net with one second remaining in the extra period. The win gave the Friars their first victory against the Bulldogs since the squad defeated UMD, 3-2, in the NCAA Tournament on March 19, 1983 at Schneider Arena.
Minnesota-Duluth took a 1-0 lead as center Mike Peluso beat PC netminder Mark Kane on low shot from four feet in front of the net on the power play at 2:11 of the first period. The Bulldogs increased their lead to 2-0 when left wing Curtis Bois came around the back of the PC cage and jammed the puck in the net. The Friars struck back with their first goal of the game on the power play as junior center Mike Omicioli picked off a rebound of Matt Libby's shot and sent it past UMD goaltender Brant Nicklin at the 8:20 mark of the first. Ryan Homstol returned the Bulldog lead to two goals with his fourth tally of the year at 13:14 of the first period. Thirty three seconds after Homstol's goal, PC left wing Nick Sinerate tallied the final goal of the period when he one timed a shot on a breakaway to bring the Friars within one goal (3-2).
Left wing Fernando Pisani netted the only goal of the second period as he sent a low shot through the five hole of Nicklin seconds after a UMD penalty had ended at the 15:20 mark.
PC center Jerry Keefe gave the Friars their first lead of the game when he stole a pass in the UMD zone and beat Nicklin with a backhander at 6:02 of the third period. After UMD left wing Joe Rybar scored to create a 4-4 tie at the 13:08 mark, Coe went end to end and tallied his first goal of the game at 14:18 of the third period. PC held the lead until with 49 seconds remaining in the game a penalty shot was called after Kane knocked the goal of its supports. Peluso took the penalty shot for UMD and converted by sending a shot through the five hole.
UMD held the advantage in the overtime period by outshooting PC, 3-0, before Coe tipped in the gamewinner.
Kane recorded 31 stops in the win for PC. Nicklin registered 26 saves for Minnesota-Duluth.
With the win, PC raised its record to 2-2 overall, while UMD fell to 3-4.
Providence College will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 8 in the second game of the two-game series against Minnesota-Duluth in Duluth, Minn.
Providence College (2-2-0) 2 1 2 1 -- 6 1-4 6-12
Minnesota-Duluth (3-4-0) 3 0 2 0 -- 5 1-5 5-10
Per Time Team Goal Scorer (Assists)
1 2:11 UMD Mike Peluso 3 (Shawn Pogreba, Curtis Doell) PP
1 5:37 UMD Curtis Bois 3 (Shawn Pogreba, Jason Haakstad)
1 8:20 PC Mike Omicioli 2 (Matt Libby, Fernando Pisani) PP
1 13:14 UMD Ryan Homstol 4 (Curtis Doell, Jesse Fibiger)
1 13:47 PC Nick Sinerate 1 (Nick Lent, Josh MacNevin)
2 15:20 PC Fernando Pisani 3 (Mike Omicioli, Jon Cameron)
3 6:02 PC Jerry Keefe 1 (unassisted)
3 13:08 UMD Joe Rybar 1 (Laird Lidster, Jeff Scissons)
3 14:18 PC Jon Coe 1 (Jay Leach)
3 19:11 UMD Mike Peluso 4 (PENALTY SHOT)
OT 4:59 PC Jon Coe 2 (Richard Miller, Nick Sinerate)
Mark Kane (PC) 8 9 11 3 --31 (64:59)
Brant Nicklin (UMD) 7 13 6 0 --26 (64:59)
Attendance: 4,069 (Duluth Entertainment Center)