|2nd||13:24||PRV||1-0||PP||Mark Jankowski (4)||Nick Saracino/6|
|3rd||18:31||BU||1-1||EV EA GT||Ahti Oksanen (5)||Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (5-3-1)||0/3||7/25||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Connor LaCouvee (T, 4-1-1)||64:24||1||8||11||10||3||32|
|Nick Ellis (T, 5-0-2)||65:00||1||12||13||12||2||39|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior Nick Ellis made a career high 39 saves, but Ahti Oksanen's extra attacker goal with 1:29 remaining gave the visiting Boston University Terriers a 1-1 draw with the Providence College men's hockey team in front of a capacity crowd at Schneider Arena on Friday night.
The Friars remain unbeaten this season at 6-0-2 (0-0-1 HE) and extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games dating back to last season (10-0-2). The Terriers improve to 5-3-1 and 3-2-1 in Hockey East play after Connor LaCouvee's (4-1-1) 32 saves.
The Friars and Terriers battled through a frantic, but scoreless first period despite good looks at the goal by both teams. The Friars' best bid of the opening frame came off the stick of Erik Foley (Mansfield, Mass.), who found a loose puck in front of LaCouvee but rang his shot off the post after a slick deke.
Ellis was up to the task early on after a couple strong shifts by the Terriers, he turned aside 12 shots in the opening period. The junior netminder improves to 5-0-2 overall this season.
The physical play picked up in the second period, igniting the capacity crowd at Schneider Arena on Friday night. With the game still scoreless and the Friars on the power play, Jankowski got the hosts on the board first after he ripped a wrister over the shoulder of LaCouvee at 13:24 for his fourth strike of the season.
The emotions continued to run high later in the period as a big scrum behind the Providence goal resulted in a Friar power play after Danny O'Regan, Forsbacka Karlsson, and Jake Walman were whistled off for roughing at 13:09. The Friar power play couldn't maintain momentum with the man-advantage as they took that 1-0 lead into the locker room.
After Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie McAvoy were called for boarding Brandon Tanev, the Terrier penalty kill denied the Friars on the 5-on-3 then killed off a five-minute major after McAvoy was ejected for a hit to the head of Tanev just minutes later.
Ellis continued to make several key stops down the stretch to keep BU at bay, totaling 12 saves in all during the third period. After a PC timeout and a draw in the Friars' defensive zone, Oksanen scooped up a loose puck off the faceoff and beat Ellis over the shoulder to knot the game at one with 1:29 left.
Trevor Mingoia, on the second breakaway of the night, couldn't find the back of the net in overtime as LaCouvee was up to the task.
HOW THEY SCORED:
1-0 (PC) Power play goal scored by Mark Jankowski (Saracino): Wrister from the top of the right circle over the shoulder of LaCouvee.
1-1 (BU) Extra attacker goal scored by Ahti Oksanen (Forsbacka Karlsson): Off the faceoff, picked up loose puck in the circle and fired it high blocker on Ellis.
The Friars are now unbeaten in their last 12 games (10-0-2) dating back to last season, which is a new school record ... Providence is 3-1-1 in their last five contests versus the Terriers ... Saracino is now seven points shy of the 100-point plateau after his assist on Jankowski's goal in the second period ... Mingoia led the Friars with five shots on goal ... Ellis made a career high 39 saves ... Jankowski's goal was the third strike against the Terriers in his career ... Power Plays: Providence - 1/5, Boston University 0/3 ... official shots on goal: Boston University 40, Providence 33 ... Attendance: 3,033.