PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- No. 13 Boston University scored twice in the first period and went on to defeat the Providence College men’s hockey team, 5-1, Friday night at Schneider Arena. With the win, BU Head Coach Jack Parker earned his 750th career victory.
The Terriers opened the scoring at 15:46 when Jason Lawrence slipped the puck to Matt Gilroy, who fired a high wrist shot from the slot past PC goalie Tyler Sims. Just over three minutes later BU took a two-goal cushion as it capitalized on its second power play of the night. Bryan Ewing scored his third goal of the season from in close as Luke Popko and Gilroy assisted on the play.
The Terriers put the game out of reach in the second period, scoring three time to increase their lead to 5-0. Kenny Roche made the score, 3-0, at the 3:52 mark with his seventh goal of the season. The Friars earned their first power play of the night at 5:30 and pulled sophomore goaltender Chris Mannix for an extra skater in an attempt to get back in the game. However, Chris Higgins took advantage of the empty net and potted his sixth goal of the season at 6:46. Zach Cohen tallied his first collegiate goal at 17:31 to complete the scoring for the Terriers.
In the third period, the Friars had a chance to get on the board, but Colin McDonald’s breakaway, backhanded shot glanced off the left post. However, McDonald would not be denied a second time as he skated on a breakaway while on the penalty kill and left a wrist shot just under the cross bar and into the net at 19:27. For McDonald, it marked his team leading eighth goal of the season.
The Friars outshot the Terriers, 31-21, as John Curry made 30 saves. Mannix, who was making his collegiate debut, stopped 10 shots in 34:52 of action, while Sims made six saves.
The Friars are back in action on Sunday, January 7 with when they face seventh-ranked Boston College at 3:00 p.m. The game will be aired live on ESPNU.