Jan. 9, 1998

Providence College Wins Over Northeastern University, 6-4


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Sophomore forward Fernando Pisani tallied two goals and two assists to lead the Providence College Friars to a 6-4 HOCKEY EAST win against the 10th-ranked Northeastern Huskies on Friday, January 9 at PC's Schneider Arena.

NU forward Scott Campbell tallied the game's first goal when he picked up his rebound and sent a pass towards the front of the net which deflected off PC netminder Boyd Ballard into the Friar cage at 4:06 of the first. Providence evened the game as Josh MacNevin finished a three-on-two breakaway for the Friars at 6:06 of the first. Billy Newson enabled the Huskies to regain the lead with a 20-foot wrist shot that beat Ballard to the stick side at the 14:34 mark. Friar defenseman Jason Ialongo forced the final tie of the first period with slap shot from the right point that found the back of the net on a power play at 15:55.

In a closely played second period, Providence and Northeastern each tallied two goals and remained deadlocked at 4-4 after 40 minutes of action. Aaron Toews put the Huskies ahead, 3-2, with his second goal of the season at 6:07 of the second. The Friars took their first lead of the game with consecutive goals by Mike Mader at the 7:00 mark and Fernando Pisani at 8:30. NU's Brian Cummings tied the game on a breakaway with the final goal of the second period at 13:45.

Providence took over in the third period as Pisani wristed in a rebound and netted what proved to be the game-winning goal 25 seconds into the final period. Troy Lake added an insurance goal at the 10:35 mark to seal the win for the Friars.

Ballard and NU goaltender Mark Robitaille each recorded 25 stops in the game.

With the win Providence raised its record to 12-5-1 overall and 6-3-0 in HOCKEY EAST action, while Northeastern fell to 12-6-2 and 6-4-2 in league play.

Providence College will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 10 at Boston University at 7:00 p.m.

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