PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated by Notre Dame, 6-1, Saturday night at Schneider Arena. Notre Dame freshman Dan Kissel scored three goals as the Irish, who defeated No. Boston College last night, improved to 3-1. The Friars fell to 1-3.
Despite outshooting the Irish, 11-4, in the first period, Notre Dame led 1-0 after one period. Kissel scored the first two goals of the game. He scored on the power play at 11:04 of the first period and recorded an even strength tally at 1:15 of the second period. Just over one minute later, Jason Paige increased UND's lead to 3-0 as he scored his first of the season. The Friars pulled to within 4-1 at the 5:02 mark of the second period when senior Colin McDonald (Wethersfield, Conn.) scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season after a Notre Dame turnover. McDonald has scored one goal in four consecutive games.
However, the Friars could not get any closer as Kevin Deeth scored on the power play after being set up by Ryan Thang right in front. Notre Dame added two more breakaway goals in the third period to seal the victory. Kissel completed his hat trick with a short-handed tally as Notre Dame earned its first ever win over PC. It marked the first time since 1992 that Notre Dame had hat tricks in consecutive. Last night, Mark Van Guilder also had three goals.
In goal, PC freshman Ryan Simpson (Bow, N.H.) made 14 saves, while UND's David Brown stopped 22 shots to earn his third win this season.
The Friars are back in action on Friday, October 27 when they open up Hockey East play against Merrimack at Schneider Arena.