Freshman defenseman David Cavanagh scores game-winning goal
Junior forward Jon Rheault registered two assists for the Friars.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College freshman defenseman David Cavanagh (Warwick, R.I.) scored with 2:18 remaining in overtime to lead the Friar hockey team to a 4-3 overtime victory over Northeastern Tuesday night at Schneider Arena. With the win, the Friars ended their three-game losing streak and improved to 3-7-1 and 2-4-1 in Hockey East action. Northeastern fell to 2-7-1, 0-6-1 in league play.
The Huskies scored two goals within the first five minutes of the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Senior Ray Ortiz took advantage of NU's first power play as he scored his second goal of the season at 3:52. Just over one minute later, senior Joe Santilli added to the lead, scoring his first tally this season as senior Steve Birnstill and Bryan Esner assisted on the play.
The Friars began their comeback with 42 seconds left in the first period. Freshman Mark Fayne's (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) shot from the blue line while on the power play eluded NU goalie Brad Thiessen who was screened in front. It marked Fayne's first career goal, which was assisted by freshman John Cavanagh (Warwick, R.I.) and junior Jon Rheault (Deering, N.H.). In the second period, the Friars scored twice to take a 3-2 lead. Senior Jamie Carroll (Andover, Conn.) recorded his third goal of the season at 8:05 to tie the game. Just over three minutes later, sophomore Kyle Laughlin (Gambrills, Md.) fired a high wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that found the net for his first goal of the season.
Northeastern scored the equalizer just 1:39 into the third period as freshman Chad Costello's re-directed shot bounced off a Friar defenseman and into the net. Both teams created several chances the rest of the third period, but neither could score. In the extra session, senior Tony Zancanaro (Trenton, Mich.) gained possession of the puck behind NU's net and slid a pass to Rheault at the bottom of the left faceoff circle. Rheault then sent a crossing pass to a streaking David Cavanagh, who was able to loft a shot past Thiessen. Thiessen was strong in net for the Huskies, making 42 saves as PC outshot NU, 46-27. Junior Tyler Sims (Grand Blanc, Mich.) made 24 stops for the Friars to earn his second win of the season.