|3rd||14:19||PRV||1-0||PP||Erik Foley (2)||Scott Conway/1, Josh Monk/2|
|3rd||16:35||HCR||1-1||EV||Neil Robinson (2)||Spencer Trapp/4, Scott Pooley/3|
|OT||1:41||HCR||2-1||EV GW||Johnny Coughlin (1)||Mitch Collett/1, Danny Lopez/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Holy Cross (2-0-1)||0/5||3/6||0|
|Hayden Hawkey (L, 1-2-0)||61:41||2||5||6||7||1||19|
|Holy Cross Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Paul Berrafato (W, 2-0-1)||61:41||1||12||11||10||0||33|
WORCESTER, Mass. - Erik Foley's third period goal gave the Friars the lead but a late strike in regulation and an eventual overtime winner by Johnny Coughlin gave the Holy Cross Crusaders a 2-1 win over the Providence College men's hockey team in front of 2,142 at the DCU Center on Saturday night.
With the loss, Providence falls to 1-2-0 this season while Holy Cross remains unbeaten at 2-0-1. Hayden Hawkey made 19 stops for the Friars with counterpart Paul Berrafato stopping 33-of-34 shots on goal.
After a slow start offensively for both teams and an early penalty kill, the Friars started to find some rhythm offensively. After a strong individual effort by sophomore Scott Conway (Basingstoke, England) drew a penalty, Providence was able to register six shots on goal during the man-advantage. Jacob Bryson (London, Ontario) had one of the better opportunities on the power play as he wired a wrist shot but Berrafato flashed the glove to deny the freshman.
The Friars continued strong work in the offensive zone in the second period but couldn't cash in. A strong performer in his first collegiate game, freshman Shane Kavanagh (East Providence, R.I.) nearly gave the Friars a lead when a loose puck trickled along the goal line, but was swept away before he could get a stick on it.
Brian Pinho looked to ignite the Friars in the latter stages of the period as he broke in on a pass through the seam from Jake Walman (Toronto, Ont.) and ripped a low shot that was kicked out by Berrafato.
Looking for success on the power play after a 1/17 weekend against Miami, the Friars finally cashed in on Erik Foley's second tally of the season with just 5:41 to play. Assisted by Scott Conway and Josh Monk, Foley worked his way down the right wing and stuffed home a shot after a strong net drive to put the Friars ahead.
The Crusaders knotted the game just 2:16 later as Neil Robinson re-directed a point shot from Spencer Trapp over the shoulder of Hawkey.
After Providence killed off a penalty in overtime, Coughlin beat Hawkey to the post on a wrap-around to give the host Crusaders the victory.
The Friars are back in action next weekend with a North Country doubleheader against Clarkson (Oct. 21) and St. Lawrence (Oct. 22). Both games are slated for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff at Schneider Arena.
HOW THEY SCORED
1-0 (PC) PPG Erik Foley (Conway, Monk): Stong net drive and stuff at the goal mouth.
1-1 (HC) Neil Robinson (Trapp, Pooley): Re-direct off a point shot at the hash marks.
2-1 (HC) Johnny Coughlin (Collett): Wrap-around at the right post in overtime.
Notes: Power Plays - Holy Cross (0/5), Providence (1/3). Final shots on goal: 34-21 in favor of the Friars ... shot attempts: Providence 66, Holy Cross 35 ... The last four Friar losses have been by 2-1 scores, with three of those coming in overtime ... freshman Shane Kavanagh debuted with three shots on goal, while Bryan Lemos led the way with seven shots for the Friars.