PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College men's hockey team matched a season-high 46 shots, but Boston College junior goalie Cory Schneider made a career-high 45 saves as the15th-ranked Eagles edged the Friars, 2-1, Friday night at Schneider Arena.
The Friars struck early when sophomore Nick Mazzolini (Anchorage, Alaska) swept the puck along the left wing boards to freshman Greg Collins (Hingham, Mass.), who chipped it to center ice to junior Jon Rheault (Deering, N.H.). Rheault collected the puck, beat his defender and skated in on a breakaway before slipping the puck past Schneider at 2:36. The Friars had a chance to increase their lead moments later as senior Tony Zancanaro (Trenton, Mich.) had two shots on the same shift that glanced off the post. The Eagles tied the game four minutes later while on the power play when Brett Motherwell skated from the right point to the left faceoff circle before snapping a wrist shot past PC goalie Tyler Sims (Grand Blanc, Mich.) for an unassisted goal.
BC took the lead for good at 16:19 of the second period as freshman Matt Price recorded his first collegiate goal, taking advantage of a scrum in front of the net. Andrew Orpik and Ben Smith assisted on the goal. The Friars, who outshot the Eagles, 46-23, continued to pepper Schneider but were unable to score the equalizer. Sims finished with 21 saves for the Friars.
The Friars are back in action tomorrow night with a road game versus UMass in Amherst.