posted on: Thursday January 28, 2010
Chris Mammen ’11 Sports Staff
This weekend the Men’s Hockey Team continued a three-game skid, losing two consecutive hard-fought overtime games, dropping the team to 9-13-1 overall and 4-11-1 in Hockey East play. On Saturday the Friars fell at Merrimack College, 2-1, to follow up a 3-2 loss on home ice to the No. 16 University of New Hampshire.On Saturday, Jan. 23, the Friars traveled to North Andover, Mass., to face the Warriors of Merrimack. The Warriors got the scoring started at the 15:04 mark of the first period when Carter Madsen pounced on a rebound and put it in the back of the net, giving Merrimack a 1-0 lead.The Friars responded soon after on a power play when Ian O’Connor ’10 evened the score at 1-1, putting in a rebound out in front of the net. Eric Baier ’11 and Aaron Jamnick ’13 were both credited with assists. It marked O’Connor’s sixth goal of the season and third consecutive game with a goal. For the rest of regulation the score held.Brandon Brodhag needed only a single minute in the extra session to score and seal the deal on a 2-1 Merrimack victory. PC goalie Alex Beaudry ’12 tallied 39 saves for the second straight night.On Friday, Jan. 22, PC hosted No. 16 UNH and played evenly with the Wildcats for much of the game but were eventually toppled by the powerful New Hampshire offense. UNH jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 18:47 of the first period on Paul Thompson’s 13th goal of the season.At 2:46 in the second, the Wildcats increased their lead to 2-0 when Mike Borisenok put a one-timer into the right side of the net. The Friar offense finally awoke when O’Connor took a pass from Alex Velischek ’13 and wristed a shot past UNH goalie Brian Foster. The two teams went into the second intermission with UNH holding a 28-21 advantage in shots and a 2-1 lead.At 7:28 in the third period, John Cavanaugh ’10 evened the score at 2-2 when he fired a wrist shot into the right side of the cage. Matt Germain ’11 and Kyle McKinnon ’11 were both credited with assists on the goal.Cavanaugh’s goal would be the last of regulation, but 2:17 into the extra session Phil Desimone scored the game-winner for UNH, 3-2. Beaudry was credited with 39 saves while Foster stopped 30 shots.The Friars will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 29, when they travel to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College and again on Saturday, Jan. 30, when they host UMass Amherst at 7:00 p.m. in Schneider Arena.