FREDERICTON, N.B. - The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated by the University of New Brunswick, 3-1, on Saturday, January 1 in an exhibition game played at the UNB-Aitken Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Tonight's game was the first of a two-game series that makes up the Pete Kelly Challenge Cup. The two teams will complete the series Saturday night at 6:00 p.m.
The Varsity Reds scored 33 seconds into the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Lachlan MacIntosh stole an errant clearing pass in the Friar zone and slid the puck to Dion Campbell who tapped it into the net.
The Friars evened the score at 10:18 when they capitalized on a five-on-three power play. Senior Eric Baier (North Kingstown, R.I.) fired a shot from the right circle that was turned aside by UNB goalie Travis Fullerton, but classmate Ian O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) took advantage of the rebound right in front and lifted the puck into the back of the net. Junior Daniel New (White Plains, N.Y.) also assisted on the goal.
New Brunswick regained the lead (2-1) at 13:37 of the second period when it scored on the power play. Josh Kidd's shot from the high slot took a deflection and eluded Friar junior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ontario). Ben Wright and Hunter Trembley assisted on the goal.
The Friars nearly scored the equalizer at 5:15 of the third period when sophomore Tyler Landman (Roseau, Minn.) skated into the UNB zone and dropped a pass to freshman Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) whose one-timer from the right point glanced off the left post. UNB added another power-play goal at 14:40 and increased its lead to 3-1 when Nick MacNeil skated scored on a breakaway.
Beaudry finished with 24 saves, including several point-blank stops. Fullterton had 22 stops.