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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated, 4-2, at Union Saturday night in a non-conference game played at Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y.
The Dutchmen took a 1-0 lead with six seconds left in the first period when Mike Schreiber fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line and bounced off the pad of PC freshman goaltender Justin Gates (Cranston, R.I.) and into the net. Union added to its lead at the 1:25 of the second period when Mario Valery-Trabucco scored on a slap shot from the top of the left circle to give his team a 2-0 advantage going into the final 20 minutes. The Friars created several scoring chances as they had three power-play opportunities, but were not able to convert.
The Friars scored just 19 seconds into the third period to cut the lead to 2-1. While on the power play, junior John Cavanagh (Warwick, R.I.) pounced on a loose puck in front and potted his team leading fifth goal of the season. Freshman Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) and senior Pierce Norton (South Boston, Mass.) assisted on the goal. However, the Dutchmen regained their two-goal lead (3-1) at 2:53 when Matt Cook skated in on a breakaway before scoring his first goal of the season. The Friars responded at 4:05 and trimmed the lead to 3-2. Junior Mark Fayne (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) ripped a slap shot from just inside the blue line that eluded Union's Corey Milan. Union added a late goal at 19:04 to seal the win.
PC finished with a 29-19 shot advantage.
The Friars are back in action on Friday, December 5 with a non-conference game at Quinnipiac beginning at 7:30 p.m.