BOSTON, Mass. - The No. 14 Providence College men's hockey team closed out the first half of a home-and-home series with a 4-2 win on the road against No. 17 Northeastern University on Saturday afternoon at Matthews Arena.
Providence - 4 | Northeastern - 2
No. 14 Providence - 10-7-4 (10-7-4 HEAM) | No. 17 Northeastern - 9-7-2 (9-7-2 HEAM)
Matthews Arena - Boston, Mass.
Jaxson Stauber (PC) - 11 saves
Connor Murphy (NU) - 19 saves
-Tyce Thompson put the Friars on the board at 7:05 with his ninth goal of the season. Nick Poisson and Uula Ruikka assisted on Thompson's goal from the side of the net.
-Northeastern responded at 11:27 with a goal from Jordan Harris on the power play, tying the score up at 1-1.
-Jason O'Neill put the Friars back in the lead, 2-1, off of a steal on the power play. O'Neill intercepted a clearing attempt in the Northeastern zone and buried a point-blank shot past Murphy.
-The teams skated through a scoreless second period, with the Friars leading in shots 17-10 through 40 minutes.
-Jamie Engelbert found the back of the net off of a turnover, giving the Friars a 3-1 lead 14:28 into the third period. John McDermott earned his first point of the season after feathering a saucer pass to Engelbert for the sophomore's third goal of the year.
-The Huskies cut their deficit by one with a goal from Gunnarwolfe Fontaine with 1:09 to go in regulation, 3-2.
-Northeastern pulled goalie Connor Murphy for an extra skater in attempt to score the equalizer but could not convert. Matt Koopman scored on the empty net with 9 seconds to go in regulation, closing out the game at 4-2. Greg Printz earned the assist on Koopman's goal.
-The Friars killed off three power play chances for the Huskies in the third period to secure the win.
-Jaxson Stauber finished the night stopping 11-of-13 shots.
-Two of Jamie Engelbert's three goals this season have served as the game-winning goal.
-Providence holds a 2-0-1 advantage over the Huskies in the season series entering tomorrow night's game.
-The Friars improved to 5-2-2 on the road this season, outscoring opponents 28-17 in those games.
PC GAME HIGHS
Goals: Thompson, O'Neill, Engelbert, Koopman (1)
Assists: Printz, Poisson, Ruikka, McDermott (1)
Points: Thompson, O'Neill, Engelbert, Koopman, Printz, Poisson, Ruikka, McDermott(1)
Shots: O'Neill (6)
Providence - 1/3
Northeastern - 1/4
Providence - 23
Northeastern - 13
The Friars will take on Northeastern again tomorrow, Feb. 28, at Schneider Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.