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CANTON, N.Y. -- The Providence College menís hockey team opened the 2007-08 season with a 4-1 loss at 12th-ranked St. Lawrence Friday night at Appleton Arena.
After a scoreless first period in which the Friars outshot the Saints, 15-13, the Friars brokethrough at 6:41 just as their first power play of the night expired. St. Lawrence dumped the puck in deep and headed for a line change, but PC senior goalie Tyler Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind.) controlled the puck and played it along the right wing boards to freshman Matt Germain (Rockland, Mass.). Germain then slid a pass ahead to junior Pierce Norton (South Boston, Mass.) who made a move to his right before tucking the puck under the pads of Saints goalie Justin Pesony. The Saints responded at 8:41 when Jeremiah Cunning fired a rebound from in close over Simsí left shoulder and into the net for his first goal of the season.
St. Lawrence took the lead for good at 8:23 of the third period when defenseman Matt Generous fired a wrist shot through a screen that found the net. At 10:12, St. Lawrence added to its lead as Sean Flanagan sent Parenteau on a breakaway and Parenteau was able to beat Sims for his second goal of the season. Charlie Giffin added an empty-net tally to complete the scoring at 19:22.
Sims finished with 39 saves for the Friars, while Pesony stopped 34 shots to earn his first win of the season.
The Friars are back in action on Saturday, October 13 when they travel to Potsdam, N.Y. to take on seventh-ranked Clarkson at Cheel Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m.