PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College freshman defenseman David Cavanagh
(Warwick, R.I.) scored with 2:18 remaining in overtime to lead the Friar
hockey team to a 4-3 overtime victory over Northeastern Tuesday night at
Schneider Arena. With the win, the Friars ended their three-game losing
streak and improved to 3-7-1 and 2-4-1 in Hockey East action.
Northeastern fell to 2-7-1, 0-6-1 in league play.
The Huskies scored two goals within the first five minutes of the first
period to take a 2-0 lead. Senior Ray Ortiz took advantage of NU's first
power play as he scored his second goal of the season at 3:52. Just over
one minute later, senior Joe Santilli added to the lead, scoring his
first tally this season as senior Steve Birnstill and Bryan Esner
assisted on the play.
The Friars began their comeback with 42 seconds left in the first
period. Freshman Mark Fayne's (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) shot from the blue
line while on the power play eluded NU goalie Brad Thiessen who was
screened in front. It marked Fayne's first career goal, which was
assisted by freshman John Cavanagh (Warwick, R.I.) and junior Jon Rheault
(Deering, N.H.). In the second period, the Friars scored twice to take a
3-2 lead. Senior Jamie Carroll (Andover, Conn.) recorded his third goal
of the season at 8:05 to tie the game. Just over three minutes later,
sophomore Kyle Laughlin (Gambrills, Md.) fired a high wrist shot from the
top of the left faceoff circle that found the net for his first goal of
Northeastern scored the equalizer just 1:39 into the third period as
freshman Chad Costello's re-directed shot bounced off a Friar defenseman
and into the net. Both teams created several chances the rest of the
third period, but neither could score. In the extra session, senior Tony
Zancanaro (Trenton, Mich.) gained possession of the puck behind NU's net
and slid a pass to Rheault at the bottom of the left faceoff circle.
Rheault then sent a crossing pass to a streaking David Cavanagh, who was
able to loft a shot past Thiessen. Thiessen was strong in net for the
Huskies, making 42 saves as PC outshot NU, 46-27. Junior Tyler Sims
(Grand Blanc, Mich.) made 24 stops for the Friars to earn his second win
of the season.