STORRS, Conn. - UConn sophomore Carter Turnbull (Nanaimo, British Columbia) scored a pair of goals and classmate Tomas Vomacka (Trutnov, Czech Republic) made 36 saves as the Huskies battled their way to a 3-3 tie with No. 12 ranked Providence Friday night at the XL Center.
The Huskies pick-up Hockey East points in their third-straight game against a ranked opponent as they move to 3-5-3 overall and 2-3-2 in the league. Providence is now 6-4-3 overall and 4-3-2 in Hockey East.
UConn twice battle back to pull the game even on Friday night with senior Benjamin Freeman (Falmouth, Maine) adding a goal to Turnbull's pair. UConn did come up empty on six power play chances, including one in overtime but did an excellent job of staying out of the penalty box, killing off both PC chances.
Providence to a goal and an assist from Tyce Thompson as well as goals by Jason O'Neil and Jack Dugan on Friday night. Goaltender Michael Lackey made 28 saves for the Friars.
Vomacka turned in 15 of his 36 saves in the third period to keep the game knotted up and added two more in the extra session.
Providence grabbed an early lead with a goal just 3:38 in but the Huskies answered back with a pair to lead in to the first intermission. PC's Max Crozier took the puck of the right half boards and whipped it on net. Thompson picked it up near the right post, wheeled and put a back-hand past Vomacka for his 10th of the season a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies knotted it up at 11:45 as Freeman notched his first on the year. Holding the puck in the zone, sophomore Jordan Timmons (South Fayette, Pa.) sent a pass to freshman d-man Yan Kuznetsov (Murmansk, Russia) just inside the blue line. Kuznetsov let one rip and Freeman was posted in front of Lackey, getting a tip-in past the netminder to tie it up. For Timmons, it was his first career point.
UConn made it 2-1 late in the period as Turnbull came up with his second of the year at 17:59. Coming right off a face-off, sophomore Kale Howarth (Red Deer, Alberta) won the puck back to Turnbull who quickly fired a wrister to beat Lackey top-shelf, glove side.
The Friars took the lead back in the second period thanks to goals by O'Neil and Dugan. At 8:23, O'Neil came up with his fourth on the season to knot the game up at 2-2. Cam McDonald played the puck in deep to O'Neil behind the net. The junior used a strong second effort to get a wrap-around chance and stuffed it in just under Vomacka.
Providence went up 3-2 at the 12:22 mark as Dugan collected his sixth on the season. Michael Callahan threw the puck on net and Greg Printz got a tip in front. A loose puck found Dugan's stick in the slot and he spun around and whipped a shot past Vomacka for a 3-2 lead.
UConn needed just 2:04 into the third to tie the game back up again thanks to Turnbull's second of the night. The sophomore took a feed deep in the UConn zone from freshman Harrison Rees (Oakville, Ontario) and took off up ice. Turnbull broke up the left wing and beat the entire Providence team to the goal, sliding one past Lackey just inside the right post.
The Huskies got a pair of power play chances down the stretch but came up empty. Vomacka made 15 saves in the period to keep the game tied and send it to overtime.
The Huskies got a power play chance with five second left in regulation when Shane Kavanagh was called for boarding. The Huskies opened the overtime with 1:55 in power play time but couldn't generate much offense and the two teams remained knotted up, taking a point each.
The Huskies and Friars are back on the ice tomorrow night at Schneider Arena in Providence to close out the weekend series.