|2nd||2:46||NOE||1-0||PP||Colton Saucerman (3)||Dalen Hedges/10, Kevin Roy/8|
|2nd||14:41||NOE||2-0||EV GW||Zach Aston-Reese (2)||Torin Snydeman/1, Mike Szmatula/4|
|3rd||10:27||PRV||1-2||PP||Trevor Mingoia (8)||Nick Saracino/5, Ross Mauermann/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Clay Witt (W, 4-5-0)||59:38||1||10||10||17||37|
|Jon Gillies (L, 7-6-1)||58:33||2||10||8||6||24|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 16 Providence College men's hockey team's third period comeback bid fell short as Northeastern was able to hold on for a 2-1 win at Schneider Arena (2,609) on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 2-0 after second period Northeastern goals by Colton Saucerman and Zach Aston-Reese, Trevor Mingoia (Fairport, N.Y.) made it a one-goal game at 10:27 of the third but Providence (8-6-1, 6-4-0 HEA) could not find the game-tying goal.
In net for Northeastern (4-10-1, 3-6-1 HEA), Clay Witt made 37 saves including 17 in the third period, to lead the Huskies to the win. Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) finished with 24 saves for the Friars.
Through the first twenty minutes of action, the game remained scoreless.
Northeastern managed to get on the board twice in the second period to take the 2-0 lead. Saucerman netted a power play goal at 2:46. Kevin Roy connected a pass to Dalen Hedges, who fired a shot on goal from the face-off circle. Gillies made a pad save on the shot but the rebound shot out to Saucerman, who then broke the 0-0 tie.
Aston-Reese doubled the Northeastern lead at 14:41 of the second. Aston-Reese's goal came as a result of a couple passes from Torin Snydeman and Mike Szmatula allowed Aston-Reese to tap the eventual game winner past Gillies.
Mingoia's team-leading eighth goal of the season would prove to be the lone Friar goal of the game, coming at 10:27 of the third period while on a 4-on-3 power play. Senior Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) used the open ice to connect a pass to junior Nick Saracino (St. Louis, Mo.) as the team set up in the offensive zone. Saracino circled with the puck through the zone before getting off a shot from the slot. Mingoia got a piece of Saracino's shot, deflecting it past Witt to make it 2-1.
Witt continued to stop the Friars' pressure in the third period, saving the other 17 shots they threw at him in the frame to secure the win.
Providence outshot Northeastern, 38-26, including by a margin of 18-6 in the third period.
Northeastern finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Providence was 1-for-4 in the game.
The Friars will close out their first semester slate on Tuesday, Dec. 9 with a 7:00 p.m. non-conference home game against No. 12/13 Colgate. The game will be televised locally on CoxSports on OSN.
Freshman forward Robbie Hennessey made his Friar debut ... Ross Mauermann has a three-game point streak (3-2-5) ... Trevor Mingoia has scored 12 points in the last 9 games (7-5-12) ... Nick Saracino has a two-game point streak (0-3-3) ... The Friars held an opponent to two or fewer goals for a 10th straight game.