|1st||8:57||PRV||1-0||EV||Vimal Sukumaran (10)||Davis Bunz/2|
|2nd||18:06||NOE||1-1||SH||Dylan Sikura (21)||Adam Gaudette/30|
|3rd||3:03||NOE||2-1||EV||Austin Goldstein (1)||John Picking/5, Jeremy Davies/28|
|3rd||18:09||PRV||2-2||EV||Kasper Björkqvist (14)||Brandon Duhaime/19|
|OT||9:55||PRV||3-2||EV GW||Brandon Duhaime (7)||Tommy Davis/9, Scott Conway/10|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Hayden Hawkey (W, 23-10-3)||69:55||2||13||15||7||3||38|
|Cayden Primeau (L, 19-7-5)||69:55||3||8||7||14||2||31|
BOSTON, Mass.- Brandon Duhaime scored at 9:55 of overtime to lead third-seeded Providence to a 3-2 victory over second-seeded Northeastern/ in the semifinal nightcap of the 34th annual Hockey East Championship Friday at TD Garden. The Friars move on to the title game to face fourth-seeded Boston University Saturday at 7 p.m. (TV: NESN Plus; ESPN 3). BU also needed overtime to knock off top-seeded Boston College in game one.
Duhaime, who set up the late third period tying goal, snapped home a loose puck after a scramble in front of the Northeastern net to move Providence (23-10-4) to its first title game appearance since 2001. The Friars will play for its first Hockey East Championship since 1996.
Kasper Bjorkqvist's goal with only 1:51 left in regulation tied it as an excellent Friars team defensive effort limited the conference's top offense to just two goals over the 60-plus minutes. Goalie Hayden Hawkey made 38 saves, 28 over the first two periods, and his teammates blocked countless others. At the other end, Huskies goaltender Cayden Primeau stopped 31 shots over the 70 plus minutes.
Northeastern freshman Austin Goldstein snapped a 1-1 tie with his first career goal backhanding home a rebound of a drive by Charlie Davis 3:03 into the third period. Providence then mounted an attack for the equalizer and Bjorkqvist, on an assist from Duchaime, delivered to force overtime.
Vimal Sukumaran opened the scoring for the Friars as his blast through traffic from the point was partially blocked before trickling past NU goaltender Cayden Primeau 8:57 into the contest. Davis Bunz picked up an assist on Sukumaran's 10 goal of the season.
In the second period Providence kept its lead by killing three penalties including back-to-back Huskies power plays midway through the period. Northeastern would get on the board killing a penalty of its own as Adam Gaudette and Dylan Sikura, Hockey East's top two scorers, would team up on a shorthanded goal at 18:06. Sikura scored his 21st of the year finishing a give-and-go with Gaudette to tie it at 1-1.
Northeastern, ranked seventh in the latest coaches poll, falls to 23-9-5. The Huskies are assured of an at large bid in the 2018 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament with selections announced Sunday afternoon on ESPNU and NCAA.com.