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Providence Nips Maine 3-2 in Men's Ice Hockey
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence scored a pair of goals just over two minutes apart early in the third period to defeat the University of Maine men's ice hockey team 3-2 on Friday night at Schneider Arena. Maine took an early 1-0 lead with a power play goal by Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.), but Providence responded to score the next three goals.
Maine took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at 8:24 of the first period. Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) had a shot that PC goalie Jon Gillies stopped, but Connor Leen fired the rebound into the back of the net. For Leen, it was his first goal of the season. Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) also picked up an assist on the goal for the Black Bears, after getting the pass from Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) off the face-off.
Providence tied the game at 1-1 at 18:06 of the first period with a power play goal of its own. Tim Schaller won a face-off back to John Gilmour inside the blueline. His shot ricocheted off the post and into the goal just four second into the Friar power play.
The two teams skated through a scoreless second period.
Providence took a 2-1 lead at 2:56 of the third frame when Drew Brown beat Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) for his first goal of the season from the left circle. Myles Harvey and Brandon Tanev each assisted on the goal for Providence. It goal was reviewed, but it stood.
The Friars added to their lead with a goal in transition at 5:03 of the third. Ouellette stopped the initial shot, but Steven McParland was all alone in front and shot the rebound past Ouellette. Brown and Harvey each assisted on the goal.
Maine pulled to within one goal at 8:38 of the third period. Mike Cornell (Franklin, Mass.) had a shot from the point that made it through traffic and into the back of the goal. Anthoine and Nick Pryor (St. Paul, Minn.) each assisted on the goal for the Black Bears.
Maine falls to 1-5-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in Hockey East play. Providence improves to 2-2-1 overall, 1-1-0 in league play.
Maine goalie Ouellette made 24 saves in goal for the Black Bears. He falls to 0-1-0 on the season. Jon Gillies made 27 saves for the Friars and improves to 2-2-1.
The two teams finish their two-game Hockey East series on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 PM at Schneider Arena.