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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's hockey team (9-12-1, 4-10-1 Hockey East) was defeated in overtime by No. 16 New Hampshire (11-7-4, 10-2-3) by a score of 3-2 in Schneider Arena. John Cavanagh (Warwick, R.I.) sent the game into overtime midway through the third before UNH forward Phil Desimone scored the game winner 2:17 into the extra period. Sophomore goaltender Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ontario) made 39 saves in net for the Friars.
UNH jumped out to a 1-0 first period on Paul Thompson's 13th goal of the season at 18:47. Bobby Butler played a pass to Thompson who fired a high wrist shot from the left face off circle and into the net.
The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead when Mike Borisenok put home his fourth goal of the season with a one-timer into the right side of the net at 2:46 into the second period. Stevie Moses and Dalton Speelman assisted on the play. The Friars cut the lead to one when freshman Alex Velischek (Kinnelon, N.J.) skated through the UNH zone and dropped a pass to junior Ian O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) at the right face-off circle. O'Connor collected the puck and wristed a shot past UNH goaltender Brian Foster for his fifth goal of the season. Velischek earned his eighth assist on the play. Senior Mark Fayne (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) registered his 12th assist on the play.
UNH went into the locker room holding a 28-21 edge in shots and a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard.
The Friars evened the score 7:28 into the third when Cavanagh fired a wrist shot into the right side of the cage following passes from junior Matt Germain (Rockland, Mass.) and Kyle McKinnon (Walnut, Calif.). The goal was Cavanagh's first of the season while Germain and McKinnon each earned their ninth assists on the play. Both teams generated several scoring chances in the final minutes of the period but the two goaltenders made the necessary saves to keep the score tied, 2-2, at the end of regulation.
Beaudry's 39 saves was the third highest mark of the season, while Brian Foster stopped 30 shots.
The Friars are back in action on Saturday, January 23 when they travel to Merrimack, while UNH travels to Boston University on Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. contest at Agganis Arena.