posted on: Thursday December 2, 2010
Alexis Smith ’12/ Sports Staff
The Men’s Hockey Team won Saturday in an afternoon game against Holy Cross at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. The win improved Providence’s record to 6-5-3 overall, while Holy Cross moved to 6-6-1.
The first goal was scored by Captain Kyle MacKinnon ’11 for his team-leading ninth goal of the season to give the Friars a 1-0 lead at the 15:17 mark of the first period. The goal came from an assist by Eric Baier ’11 who fired a wrist shot on goal from the point that was saved by Holy Cross’s goalie. MacKinnon gained the rebound when he was in front of the net and rifled home a wrist shot. Captain Ian O’Connor ’11 also assisted on the goal.
The Friar’s goalie Alex Beaudry ’12 made two point-black saves early in the second period just as a Holy Cross power play expired to help PC maintain their one-goal advantage. The tables turned when, with five seconds remaining in the second period, the Crusaders scored on a three-on-two rush to even the score at 1-1, 19:55 into the period.
Assistant captain Ben Farrer ’11 made the game winning goal at the 10:27 of the third period when he broke the 1-1 tie. Farrer’s goal happened after a PC face-off win in the Holy Cross zone. MacKinnon won the face-off back to the point to teammate Danny New ’12 who ripped a one-timer that glanced off the outside left post. Then Farrer collected the loose puck and skated in before he lifted a wrist shot over the goalie’s right shoulder and into the Crusaders’ net. It was Farrer’s career-high third goal of the season.
With one minute remaining in the third period, Holy Cross pulled the goalie for an extra skater and the Friars were whistled for a tripping penalty with 29 seconds remaining, giving the Crusaders a six-on-four power play. Beaudry made a right pad save on a shot from the slot by a Crusader with 17 seconds remaining and the Friars withstood the late pressure to earn the win. By the end of the game, Beaudry finished with 25 saves, while the Crusaders’ goalie finished with 38 stops.
Before the break Providence had a doubleheader against Northeastern. Friday, they were at home and finished with a point, tying them 3-3. “We dominated the first period and gave up a goal late in the first period that let them back in it,” said Head Coach Tim Army.
In Saturday’s game, Providence walked away with no points in a 5-0 loss. The Friars are now 3-3-3 in Hockey East play. Northeastern improved to 2-7-3 overall and 2-4-2 in the league.
During the Saturday game, Providence outshot Northeastern 12-10 but was unable to score. The Huskies started off their five goals at the 14:43 mark of the first period. To add salt to the wound, Northeastern scored a power-play goal 31 seconds into the second period to double its lead to 2-0.
The Friars nearly cut the lead in half while on the power play when Derek Army ’14 gained possession of the puck and had a partial breakaway, but his back hander missed just wide at 8:58. Then late in the period, Eric Baier ’11 setup Jordan Kremyr ’11 in front, but was unable to re-direct the puck into the net.
“We played well our first game against Northeastern, but ran out of energy for the second game,” said O’Connor.
Two more goals in the third period made the score 4-0. The final score was made late in the period after Matt Germain ’11 skated on a partial short-handed breakaway during a battle to kill a five-minute power play, but his shot was stopped by Northeastern’s goaltender.
“Falling behind two to nothing zapped a lot of our energy,” said Coach Army. The Friars are back in action on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:00 p.m. when they play the first game of a two-game home series against Maine at Schneider Arena.