Downing Sends New Hampshire Past Providence In Overtime, 2-1
Senior forward Grayson Downing scores game-winning goal for Wildcats

Senior forward Grayson Downing scores game-winner for Wildcats
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
3rd 10:24  PRV1-0 EV Steven McParland (5)Anthony Florentino/10, Tom Parisi/13
3rd 18:17  UNH1-1 PP Tyler Kelleher (17)Andrew Poturalski/14, Matias Cleland/12
OT 5:18  UNH2-1 EV GW Grayson Downing (19)Matt Willows/15, Casey Thrush/19
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
New Hampshire  00112
Providence  00101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
New Hampshire  1076427
Providence  102012446
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
New Hampshire (18-17-2)  1/3 2/4 0
Providence (21-12-2)  0/2 3/6 0
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Daniel Tirone (W, 13-4-0)65:181 102011445
Providence Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Jon Gillies (L, 19-12-2)65:022 1075325
Empty Net0:160      

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- In game one of the Hockey East Quarterfinals, the No. 10 Providence College men's hockey team fell in overtime, 2-1, to the University of New Hampshire Wildcats at Schneider Arena (1,325) on Friday night.

The Friars and the Wildcats played the majority of the game scoreless before Steven McParland (Schreiber, Ontario) gave Providence (21-12-2) the lead at 10:24 of the third period. Tyler Kelleher tied the game for New Hampshire (18-17-2) during a late power play opportunity to force overtime. Grayson Downing netted the game winner 5:18 into the additional frame to give the Wildcats the series lead after the first game.

In net, Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) and Danny Tirone were the stars for most of the game. Gillies finished with 25 saves, while Tirone had 45, including 31 in the second and third periods to keep the Wildcats in the game.

The opening period was scoreless. Each team recorded ten shots on goal but Tirone and Gillies remained perfect following the first twenty minutes of play. The Friars penalty kill was solid to open the game, going 2-for-2 in the period against the Wildcats. Providence also hit to posts in the frame.

At the end of the second period, there was still no change in the score as neither Providence nor New Hampshire could capitalize on any offensive chances. The Friars registered 20 shots on goal in the frame, with eight of those coming while the team was on the power play. Despite generating a number of quality chances, Providence would finish the game 0-for-2 on the power play.

The Friars and the Wildcats exchanged goals in the third period, to end regulation tied, 1-1. McParland gave the Friars the lead at 10:24 of the period when he netted his first career playoff goal. As the Friars were cycling in the offensive zone, Tom Parisi (Commack, N.Y.) sent a pass across the blue line to Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.). Florentino skated into the middle of the circle before getting off a shot. The shot was heading wide of the net when it hit off of McParland. The puck bounced down to the ice, and McParland knocked it past Tirone for a 1-0 lead.

Providence's defense limited the Wildcats to six shots on goal in the third period, including a breakaway chance by Matt Willows that was stopped by Gillies with 2:44 left in regulation, as the team looked to hold the lead to lock up Game 1 of the series. But, New Hampshire took advantage of a too many men on the ice penalty called against the Friars as Tyler Kelleher tied the game at 18:17 with a power play goal.

In the overtime period, both teams exchanged chances in the opening minutes. At 5:18, Grayson Downing clinched the win for the Wildcats as he redirected a shot by Matt Willows that changed direction to beat Gillies. Casey Thrush registered the secondary assist on the game-winning goal.

The Friars finished the game outshooting the Wildcats, 46-27. Gillies made 25 saves in the appearance while Tirone stopped 45 shots by the Friars.

Providence and New Hampshire will play Game 2 of the Hockey East Quarterfinals tomorrow night, Sat., March 14 at Schneider Arena. The puck drop is set for 7:00p.m.

Notes: Juniors Kevin Rooney and Tom Parisi became the 152nd and 153rd Friars to reach the 100-career games played milestone ... Senior Ross Mauermann now ranks second all-time with 150 games played in a Friar uniform and he ranks first for consecutive games played (150) ... The Friars are now 4-3-2 in overtime this season ... Providence's last overtime playoff game was in the 2012 Hockey East Quarterfinals against UMass Lowell (3-2 loss in game two) ... Junior Steven McParland's third period goal marked his first career playoff point .. Junior Tom Parisi now has a three game assist streak (0-3-3).