PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's hockey team scored a season-high five goals en route to a 5-2 victory over Quinnipiac Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game played at Schneider Arena. The Friars had five different goal scorers, including senior Jordan Kremyr (Cloverdale, B.C.) and freshman Derek Army (Kingstown, R.I.) who finished with one goal and one assist each.
Providence (7-6-3) scored two goals in a span of 57 seconds late in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Junior Andy Balysky (Randolph, N.J.) scored his second goal in as many games as he pounced on a loose puck to give PC a 1-0 lead at 15:48. Sophomores Chris Rooney (Canton, Mass.) and Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) assisted on the play. Senior Matt Germain (Rockland, Mass.) increased PC's lead at 16:45 when he collected a rebound after his initial shot and put home his fourth goal of the season.
Quinnipiac (8-9-1) cut the lead in half 2:21 into the second period when Yuri Bouharevich capitalized on a rebound in front to score his fourth goal of the season. However, the Friars scored the next two goals to take a 4-1 lead into the second period intermission. Senior co-captain Ian O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) scored off a re-direction at 9:21 to make the score 3-1. It marked his fifth goal of the season as freshman Kevin Hart (Cumberland, Maine) and senior Ben Farrer (Calgary, Alberta) assisted on the goal. Kremyr added to PC's lead at 17:27. Germain slid a pass from behind the Quinnipiac net to Kremyr who fired a one-timer for his fifth goal of the season. Army also picked up an assist on the play.
In the third period, the Friars added a power-play goal at 1:32 to make the score, 5-1. Army took a pass from junior goalie Alex Beaudry (Cumberland, Ontario), skated into the Bobcat zone before firing a shot from the slot that eluded goalie Pat McGann. Ben Art completed the scoring for the Bobcats as he potted his fourth goal of the season at 3:24. Beaudry finished with 33 saves for the Friars, while McGann and Eric Hartzell combined to make 29 stops.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. when they play an exhibition game at the University of New Brunswick in New Brunswick, Canada. Quinnipiac will host Nebraska-Omaha Thursday, December 30.