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Junior forward Josh Wilkins had two goals and an assist for the Friars
Providence Surges Past Minnesota State, 6-3, In NCAA East Regional Semifinal
Junior forward Josh Wilkins had two goals and an assist for the Friars

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The fourth-seeded Providence College men's hockey team scored six unanswered goals to upend first-seeded Minnesota State in the NCAA East Regional Semifinal on Saturday, March 30 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Josh Wilkins and Tyce Thompson each had three-point performances to help the Friars battle back from an early 3-0 deficit.

SCORE

No. 11 Providence - 6 | No. 3 Minnesota Sate - 3

RECORDS

Providence - 23-11-6 | Minnesota State - 32-8-2

VENUE

Dunkin' Donuts Center - Providence, R.I.

GOALIES

Hayden Hawkey (PC) - 31 saves
Dryden McKay (MSU) - 23 saves


NOTES

- Providence had the game's first power-play chance, going on the man advantage just 1:50 into the game. Brian Lemos appeared a poke home a goal, but it was waved off because the referee had already blown the play dead.

- The Mavericks jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals 36 seconds apart. Charlie Gerard scored a rebound goal on a 2-on-1 rush and Jake Jeremko added a back-door tap in to build the lead 8:28 into the first period.

- Nick Rivera extended the Mavericks' lead at the 11:08 mark, converting on a Friar turnover at the defensive blue line. His 10th goal of the season, which was unassisted, made it 3-0.

- Providence responded with a Josh Wilkins power-play goal at 13:12 of the first. Tic-tac-toe passing between Greg Printz, Tyce Thompson and Wilkins led to a one-time finish, which made it 3-1.

- Minnesota State appeared to regain a three-goal lead with a power-play goal in the final minute of the period, but the goal was called back due to offsides.

- Vimal Sukumaran cut into the Mavericks' lead, scoring his sixth goal of the season just 4:37 into the second period. Ryan Tait slid the puck to Sukumaran on a rush in transition and he fired a shot over McKay's blocker to make it 3-2.

- The Friars tied the game with 10:27 remaining in the second period. Jack Dugan played a pass from behind the net to Kasper Björkqvist, who was waiting on the doorstep for a tap-in. The goal was Björkqvist's 17th of the season and it was the Friars' second power-play goal of the afternoon.

- Jacob Bryson earned the secondary assist on Björkqvist's goal. He became the eighth Friar in the game to register a point.

- Providence had another power-play chance late in the period, as the Mavericks were called for too many men on the ice. The Friars only recorded one shot on goal and moved to 2-for-4 in the game on the power play.

- Minnesota State's Connor Mackey was called for contact to the head and given a game misconduct at the 7:37 mark of the third. Providence capitalized on the five-minute man-advantage, scoring twice.

- Thompson and Wilkins each lit the lamp for the Friars, just 1:18 apart. The pair assisted each other's tallies and Brandon Duhaime earned helpers on both goals. The strikes for the Friars were nearly identical, but from opposite sides of the ice.

- Jason O'Neill capped the Friars' scoring with an empty-net goal, his sixth strike of the season. His unassisted goal came with 2:10 left to play.

- Hayden Hawkey finished with 31 saves for Providence, while Dryden McKay made 23 for Minnesota State.

- Wilkins is the fifth player to have two goals in an NCAA Tournament game. He is tied for the record after his two-goal game today.

- The four power play goals were a season-high for the Friars.

- The Friars improved to 16-19 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and evened their record at 7-7 in the opening rounds.


HOW THEY SCORED

1-0 (MSU) - 7:52/1st - EV - Charlie Gerard (Tuomie, Michaelis) - Rebound goal on a 2-on-1 rush.

2-0 (MSU) - 8:28/1st - EV - Jake Jaremko (Lutz, Hookensen) - Cross-ice pass for a back-door tap-in.

3-0 (MSU) - 11:08/1st - EV - Nick Rivera (unassisted) - Turnover at the blue line that allowed Rivera to skate through the slot and score five-hole.

3-1 (PC) - 13:12/1st - PP - Josh Wilkins (Thompson, Printz) - Tic-tac-toe passing for a Wilkins one-timer.

3-2 (PC) - 4:37/2nd - EV - Vimal Sukumaran (Tait) - Wrist shot from the top of the left circle that beat McKay high, blocker side.

3-3 (PC) - 9:33/2nd - PP - Kasper Björkqvist (Dugan, Bryson) - Pass from behind the net for a tap in on the doorstep.

4-3 (PC) - 8:37/3rd - PP - Tyce Thompson (Duhaime, Wilkins) - Pass from Duhaime across the slot for a wrist shot.

5-3 (PC) - 9:55/3rd - PP - Josh Wilkins (Thompson, Sukumaran) - Pass from Thompson across the slot for a wrist shot under the crossbar.

6-3 (PC) - 17:50/3rd - EN - Jason O'Neill (unassisted) - Empty-net goal.


PC GAME HIGHS

Goals: Wilkins (2)
Assists: Thompson (2)
Points: Wilkins, Thompson (3)
Shots: Bryson (5)


POWER PLAYS

Providence - 4/7
Minnesota State - 0/3


SHOTS

Providence - 29
Minnesota State - 34


UP NEXT

The Friars advance to tomorrow's NCAA East Regional Final at 4:00 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Providence awaits the winner of this evening's game between No. 5 Northeastern and No. 10 Cornell.

Game Summary

Saturday, March 30, 2019
NCAA East Regional Semifinal (Providence, RI)

6
3
Game statistics
29 Shots 34
4 / 7 Power Plays 0 / 3
3 / 6 PIM 6 / 23
23-11-6 Records 32-8-2
GOAL SCORERS
Providence Minnesota State
Charlie Gerard (12)
1st/7:52
Jake Jaremko (7)
1st/8:28
Nicholas Rivera (10)
1st/11:08
Josh Wilkins (17)
1st/13:12 PP
Vimal Sukumaran (6)
2nd/4:37
Kasper Björkqvist (17)
2nd/9:33 PP
Tyce Thompson (8)
3rd/8:37 PP GW
Josh Wilkins (18)
3rd/9:55 PP
Jason O'Neill (6)
3rd/17:50  EN
GOALTENDERS
Providence Minnesota State
Hayden Hawkey
60:00, 31 Saves, 3 GA
(W, 23-11-5)
Dryden McKay
57:19, 23 Saves, 5 GA
(L, 24-7-2)

Empty Net
2:41, 1 GA