|2nd||3:05||VER||1-0||EV||Derek Lodermeier (2)||Conor O'Neil/5, Owen Grant/6|
|2nd||13:20||VER||2-0||EV||Liam Coughlin (6)||Rob Darrar/7, Anthony Petruzzelli/1|
|3rd||4:16||PRV||1-2||EV||Kasper Björkqvist (12)||Erik Foley/18, Brian Pinho/15|
|3rd||11:09||PRV||2-2||PP GT||Scott Conway (9)||Brandon Duhaime/13, Vimal Sukumaran/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Hayden Hawkey (T, 17-8-3)||65:00||2||4||8||5||2||19|
|Stefanos Lekkas (T, 7-14-4)||65:00||2||16||9||13||6||44|
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, eighth-ranked Providence rallied with a pair of goals to earn a 2-2 Hockey East tie with Vermont on Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse on TD Bank Night.
Stefanos Lekkas stopped a career-high 44 shots as UVM pushed its record to 7-15-5 (4-9-4 HEA) and extended its unbeaten streak to four games. Providence moved to 17-8-4 (10-5-4 HEA) on the season. The Friars pushed the pace in the first period, outshooting Vermont 16-4 in the opening 20 minutes, but Lekkas was equal to the challenge.
Providence nearly took the lead in the opening minutes of the second period when Brandon Duhaime toe-dragged around a UVM defender and fired a shot that rang off the post to the right of Lekkas.
Momentum shifted before the midway point of the period when Derek Lodermeier received a pass from Conor O'Neil and entered the PC zone on a partial breakaway. The assistant captain wristed a shot that was saved by Hayden Hawkey (19 saves), but Lodermeier collected the rebound and tucked the puck around his pads for the opening goal. Owen Grant was credited with the secondary assist.
Liam Coughlin doubled the lead when he pick-pocketed a Providence defender in the neutral zone and neared the goal. The junior forward then slipped the puck under the stick of another defender before snapping a shot bar down past the Friars' goaltender. Seniors Rob Darrar and Anthony Petruzzelli assisted on Coughlin's sixth of the season and fifth in his last three home games.
Lekkas made one of his most impressive saves late in the frame, robbing Brian Pinho on a point-blank look from the slot with a glove save.
The Friars finally found the scoreboard at 4:16 of the third period on Kasper Bjorkqvist's 12th goal of the season. His linemates Pinho and Erik Foley sent a series of shots on goal and Bjorkqvist cleaned up the rebound to cut the lead.
Providence regained the momentum after the Bjorkqvist goal, leading to several close chances to tie the game. Pinho broke free with 13 minutes left in regulation but whistled a shot wide of the Catamounts' net.
Scott Conway successfully tied the game minutes later on the power play. The Friar goal came just 11 seconds into the man-advantage when Duhaime whacked a shot on goal and Conway cleaned up the rebound at the right doorstep.
The Friars fired six shots on net in overtime, but Lekkas made a sequence of saves to stop Mirageas and Pinho and preserve the tie. Ross Colton also had an opportunity to win the game for Vermont with a step on the defense, but had his stick lifted before a forehand attempt on Hawkey.
UVM returns to action on Saturday (Feb. 3) to conclude the weekend series with Providence at 7:05 p.m.