PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's hockey team was defeated by No. 3 Boston College, 3-1, on Saturday, January 8 in a Hockey East game played at Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I. The win marked the seventh consecutive for the Eagles as they improved to 15-5-0 overall and 11-4-0 in the league. Providence is now 7-8-5 overall and 3-6-4 in conference action.
BC had a 1-0 lead after the first period on Brian Dumoulin's first goal of the season. Barry Almeida set up Dumoulin who was able to tap the puck into the net from in close at 4:42.
The Friars evened the game at 1-1 early in the second period as senior Ian O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) netted his sixth goal of the season. O'Connor skated on a two-on-one rush with classmate Kyle MacKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) and O'Connor fired a low wrist shot between Parker Milner's pads just 1:40 into the period. Senior Ben Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) also assisted on the goal.
However, the Eagles scored the next two goals to take a 3-1 lead. Almeida and Dumolin setup Jimmy Hayes who re-directed the puck into the net at 5:35. Just 2:41 later, Chris Kreider added to BC's lead. Kreider's first two shots were stopped by Friar goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ontario), but his third effort found the back of the net as the Eagles had a two-goal edge going into the third period.
The Friars had an 8-4 shot advantage in the third period and had five power-play opportunities, but were not able to cut the margin. Both teams finished with 34 shots. Milner had 33 saves, while Beaudry stopped 31 shots.
The Friars are back in action on Friday, January 14 when they play at Maine, while the Eagles also will play at Maine on Sunday, January 16.