PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated, 6-4, by Holy Cross Friday night at Schneider Arena in PC's home opener at Schneider Arena. The Crusaders (1-1-0) scored three times on the power play, including the game winner in the third period to record their first win of the season. PC fell to 0-4-0.
Dale Reinhardt broke a 4-4 tie when he scored a power-play goal off a pass from freshman Mark Znutas at 2:52 of third period. Peter Lorinser added an empty-net goal to complete the scoring.
The Friars started strong early in the first period, but a five-minute major penalty helped the Crusaders take a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. Ryan Driscoll scored twice on the power play, including one on a two-man advantage. In the second period, the Friars also used the power play to even the score. Junior Kyle Laughlin (Gambrills, Md.) scored from the slot at 2:53, while freshman Eric Baier (North Kingstown, R.I.) tallied his first collegiate goal at 5:29 to make the score, 2-2. However, Dewey Thomson helped Holy Cross regain the lead at 7:34, but the Friars rallied again to tie the game at 11:03 on the power play when junior John Mori (Westport, Conn.) slid a back-handed pass to senior Jon Rheault (Deering, N.H.) who fired rhe puck into the empty net for his first goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Lorinser scored his first goal of the night as Holy Cross took the lead, 4-3, at 12:41. Laughlin found the net again at 15:41 to make the score, 4-4. It marked the first time since December 22, 2005 that PC scored four goals in one period.
The Friars outshot the Crusaders, 35-20, including 12-3 in the third period. Ian Adams finished with 31 saves for Holy Cross, while PC's Tyler Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind.) stopped 14 shots.
The Friars are back in action on Friday, October 26 against UMass, beginning at 7:00 p.m.